Glendon Mellow produced this anatomical illustration of the Incredible Hulk’s skull, with inspiration from his mother’s nursing school anatomy textbooks and from gorilla and hominid ancestor skulls:
- The Hulk Reviewed
- Points of interest concerning the osteological and muscular systems.
TOP LEFT: The Skull
- Note muscle-anchoring protuberances and ridges not found in average frontal and zygomatic bones.
- Enlarged and bifurcated nasal cavities; see Appendix 3.1 for discussion and speculation of respiratory efficiency. See also; ribcage and spinal cord sinuses.
- Note disproportion of maxilla to mandible.
TOP RIGHT: The Skull
- Grossly enlarged frontal fontanelle, similarity to Zinjanthropus found in 1959.
- Three scars unhealed grazing left ocular cavity; unusually, no traces of foreign molecules present.
- Connective tissue spurs above eyeteeth at gumline.
- Note complete absence of tooth decay or erosion.
- Analysis of blood vessel to marrow ratios reveals skeletal system itself surprisingly fragile relative to comparisons with muscle and tissue tensile densities.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Musculature
- Layers of cartilage and dense marrow-like tumours surround blood vessels; protecting both vessels and braincase simultaneously.
- Jaw muscles extend to skull ridge homologous to gorilla.
- Note muscles allowing subject to shut nostrils: unheard of in primates. This trait normally found in desert-dwelling ungulates such as dromedary camel.
- Jaw may lock while mandible is at any degree of extension.
- Elasticity of muscle tissues allows striations and contractions on 4-axis per muscle. Eyes and mouth can close using enormous, continuous pressure.