The First (Part 1)


12 of season 4
Frank Orsatti
Andrew Schneider
Original airdate
March 6, 1981
David Barr
Vissaria (fictional)
Preceded by
Followed by


David goes to a town called Vissaria after hearing that another Hulk was sighted there many years earlier. He finds the lab where the creature originated, and a man who claims to have been the 'first' Hulk.


  • Bill Bixby ... David Banner
  • Lou Ferrigno ... The Hulk
  • Harry Townes ... Dell Frye
  • Lola Albright ... Elizabeth Collins
  • Bill Beyers ... Case
  • Chip Frye ... Willie
  • Billy Green Bush ... Sheriff Carl Decker
  • Kari Michaelson ... Linda
  • Jack Magee ... Walt
  • Julie Marine ... Cheryl
  • Hank Rolike ... Janitor
  • Dick Durock ... Frye's Creature


  • Dirk Durock ("The Swamp Thing") is very eerie as the evil Hulk and the showdown between the creatures is one of the series highlights. Bixby gives a terrific performance in this episode. It has some nice subtle homages to the 1930s monster movies that Universal Pictures created (see Trivia section).
  • This two-part episode is notable in that it is the only episode in the entire series run in which the antagonist is another super-powered character.
  • Hulk out 1: Being beaten up and thrown down a well
  • Hulk out 2: Having David rudely turn off the gamma radiation machine when Dell Frye is trying to turn himself back into the green creature he used to turn into in the 1950s


  • The deceased scientist Dr. Jeffrey Clive is a tribute to movie actor Colin Clive, who played Dr. Frankenstein in the Frankenstein movies from the 1930s
  • Dell Frye, the name of Dr. Clive's assistant, is a tribute to movie actor Dwight Frye, who played Dr. Frankenstein's assistant Fritz in Frankenstein (1931)
  • The fictional town of Vissaria is also the name of the village in the Frankenstein movies (though spelled with only one 's')
  • When the Hulk transforms back into David, the footage of the change was from "Prometheus" (season four)