The Disappearing Mustache
What happens to the mustache of General Ross when he transforms into the Red Hulk?
If you are a fan of the Red Hulk, you have heard the question before: Why doesn’t the Red Hulk have a mustache?
After typing the same explanation over and over again regarding the disappearing facial hair of Ross, I had an epiphany to create this quick reference page that all Red Hulk fans could easily direct to, when faced with an inquiring mind… (often humorously from a cynical comic fan who is more perplexed by the General’s disappearing mustache than how their favorite superhero has the ability to fly.)
Now it’s important to understand the removal of the trademark Ross mustache was first and foremost a necessary plot device to conceal the Rulk’s identity from readers until Marvel was ready to make the big reveal. Fortunately though, the creators gave it plenty of logical thought.
They consistently made the General’s eyebrows disappear along with his mustache, allowing readers to conclude that all short hairs on the body of Ross withdraw within his swollen red transforming flesh. Or more correctly stated, the skin layers of Ross expand over and above the exposed tops of his short hairs. Behold!
So why didn’t this happen to the mustache and full bearded Maestro Hulk or Jason Aaron’s bearded rendition of the Incredible Hulk you ask? Simple. The Incredible Hulk is only a byproduct of gamma energy. This reaction that Ross endures is a byproduct of both gamma and cosmic energy absorption. It’s not solely a gamma energy exposure trait.
That cosmic agent (a negative energy that has an intimate link to black holes) is the same energy that alters the Red Hulk’s nails and exposed longer head of hair to appear blackened.. affecting dead cells (hair and nails) differently from live cells (his body).
Until the next time Red Hulk fans!
A general falls. A red monster rises. Stay tuned.
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