Jim Wilson (comics)

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Jim Wilson
Jim Wilson, from The Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #388 (December 1991).
Art by Dale Keown and Mark Farmer.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #131 (September 1970)
Created byRoy Thomas
Herb Trimpe
In-story information
Full nameJames Wilson
Place of originEarth-616
Team affiliationsCorporation
Supporting character ofHulk
Notable aliasesJim Wilson, Jimbo

Jim Wilson is a fictional character, a supporting character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a supporting character of the Hulk.

Publication history[edit]

Created by Roy Thomas and Herb Trimpe, the character made his first appearance in The Incredible Hulk (vol. 2) #131 (Sept. 1970) as an angry young man who befriends the Hulk. During the late 1970s, he became a regular supporting character of the series, usually appearing as a friend of Bruce Banner.

In The Incredible Hulk #232 (Feb. 1979), it is revealed that Jim Wilson is the nephew of Sam Wilson, the superhero Falcon. Though this revelation occurred when Roger Stern was writing the series, Stern says that earlier Incredible Hulk writer Len Wein came up with the idea that they were related and simply didn't get around to it during his run.[1]

Wilson was dropped from the series by 1980, and did not return until The Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #388 (December 1991), in which it is revealed that Wilson was HIV-positive. He dies of complications from AIDS in The Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #420 (August 1994).

Fictional character biography[edit]

James "Jim" Wilson grew up in Harlem and wanted to travel where he was often at odds with his father Gideon Wilson who worked as a Catholic minister. Wilson enlists Rick Jones to play a benefit concert at a hospice for AIDS patients. On the drive from the airport, Wilson reveals to Jones that he is HIV-positive and that his girlfriend left him. Wilson is injured while protecting Jefferson Wolfe from the assassin Speedfreek at the charity concert. Hulk rushes Wilson to a hospital. Jones and Hulk later secure evidence to send the mob boss who employed Speedfreek to prison.[2]

Wilson is again seen in The Incredible Hulk #420 (Aug. 1994), in which he is attacked by a mob protesting the fact that a court has ordered an HIV-infected boy to be allowed into a public school. Hulk is able to rescue Wilson from the mob, and takes him to the hi-tech medical facilities at the Mount, the secret headquarters of the Pantheon, the superhero group which Hulk is a member of. He learns that Wilson actually has AIDS, and has had it for some time. In addition to the broken ribs he sustained in the mob attack, he is suffering from pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and does not have long to live. Remembering the blood transfusion that the Hulk gave his cousin, Jennifer Walters (which turned her into the She-Hulk), Wilson asks Bruce Banner to give him a transfusion of his blood, hoping that the Hulk's blood would act as a cure to the virus. Banner initially refuses to take the risk of creating another monster, but eventually pretends to be giving Wilson a blood transfusion. Wilson reveals in private to Dr. Harr, the attending physician caring for him, that he was not fooled by Bruce's ruse, but played along anyway. Shortly afterward, Jim Wilson succumbs to the disease and dies.

After Wilson's death, Bruce donates a large sum of money to the hospice that Wilson worked at in order to allow them to comfortably exist for the next few decades.[citation needed]

Gideon Wilson inexplicably blames the Hulk for Jim's death and joins Gamma Corps to seek revenge.[3] Although in the end, he admitted to himself and the Hulk that he only blamed the Hulk for his son's death in order to avoid facing his own guilt for his failures as a father.

In other media[edit]

Jim Wilson has a brief appearance in The Incredible Hulk played by P.J. Kerr. He is a student at Culver University and along with his friend Jack McGee witness the battle between the Hulk and General Ross' army. He and Jack are later interviewed by the press about the events. It is unknown if he is related to Sam Wilson in this version.


  1. ^ Buttery, Jarrod (February 2014). "Hulk Smash!: The Incredible Hulk in the 1970s". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (70): 16.
  2. ^ The Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #388
  3. ^ World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #1

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