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Rebecca Banner
Information-silkReal NameRebecca Banner
Information-silkRelativesBruce Banner (son)
Brian Banner (husband, divorced)
Jennifer Walters (Niece)
Information-silkOriginMother of Dr. Robert Bruce Banner.
Information-silkCreatorsBill Mantlo, Sal Buscema
First Appearance
Incredible Hulk #267
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Quote1 Run, baby! Quote2
-- Rebecca Banner  

Rebecca Banner was the mother of Bruce Banner who eventually grew up to become the Hulk. During college Rebecca met and married Brian Banner and was anxious to start a family with him but he didn't feel the same way about starting a family like her, Brian never shared his personal history with her or of his desire to never have children. He was the youngest person to graduate from his college with a Ph.D. and he got his degree in physics. His post-graduate options were unlimited but he settled on going to Los Alamos to work on a government project to find a source for clean nuclear radiation. The stress of the job led Brian to start drinking which also led him to become more erratic and quick to anger with Rebecca and his fellow employees. After one night of excessive drinking, Brian tried to work on his project and accidently caused an overload of the equipment. Brian was court-martialed and released from the project. Even though he was behind a shield when the overload occurred and multiple doctors examined him and found nothing, Brian still felt that some amount of radiation got through and affected his genetic structure and was even more convinced not to have any children. Brian eventually found a job and started to try and pull his life together when Rebecca announced that she was pregnant leaving him shocked. Rebecca had problems during the pregnancy although what the complications were are not known. After the birth in Dayton, OH, Bruce was kept in extensive care for observation and examination but the doctor's found nothing out of the ordinary. He was also examined for any trace radiation due to Brian's exposure but none was detected. Brian, still thinking that something was wrong with Bruce, would try to spend at little as time as possible with him. When Brian and Rebecca would go away, they would leave Bruce with a nanny who showed no affection or attention towards Bruce. On Christmas morning, when Bruce was approximately four years old, he woke up early and snuck down to the Chrismtas tree. He opened one of his presents, which was an erector set. He managed to put together a very intricate structure in little time. Brian came down and smashed the structre, saying that Bruce was a freak and that someone his age should not be able to do that. He thought that the radiation had altered his Bruce's brain, making him super-smart, and would have probably killed Bruce had Rebecca not come into the room at that moment. Rebecca tried to get in the way and Brian hit her. When Bruce tried to run to his mother, Brian hit him also. Brian looked at Bruce and called him a inhuman monster. It was finally now that Brian admitted he never wanted a child. A few years later, after much physical and mental abuse to both Rebecca and Bruce, Rebecca packed suitcases and tried to leave with Bruce. Brian catches them at the car before they leave and starts to struggle with Rebecca. Bruce yells to his father to let his mother go and that he will be good but Brian throws Rebecca to the ground and kills her. Bruce runs to her side and just sits there frozen in shock beside her lifeless body. It is at this point where Bruce shuts down his emotions and become a repressed personality. After that Brian was placed under arrest and sent to a mental hospital, while Bruce is sent to live with his mother's sister, Susan Drake. When he grew older, Bruce attended Science High School. Due to his extremely high intelligence level and the fact that he had for all practical purposes turned off his emotions years ago, he had no friends at the school and was subjected to harassment. The headmaster showed concern for Bruce and his unresolved anger and feelings about his father and his mother's murder.

During the Chaos War storyline, Rebecca Banner (alongside Brian Banner) is among the characters that return from the dead after what happened to the death realms. Brian in a form similar to Devil Hulk tries to kill her again only for the Hulk to save her and fight Brian Banner.

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