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General John Ryker
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe Incredible Hulk (vol. 3) #12 (March 2000)
Created byPaul Jenkins
Ron Garney
Mike McKone
In-story information
Full nameJohn Ryker
Team affiliationsGamma Corps
Origins Corporation
AbilitiesGenius strategist
Master manipulator
Adept deceiver

General John Ryker is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is depicted as an enemy of the Hulk.

Publication history

Created by writer Paul Jenkins and artists Ron Garney and Mike McKone, John Ryker first appeared in The Incredible Hulk Vol. 3 #12 (March 2000).[1]

Fictional character biography

John Ryker is a corrupt U.S. Army general who joined the military at a young age and wanted to help determine future history from the shadows. One of his most prominent actions was manipulating the creation of the conspiracy around John F. Kennedy's assassination where apparently two Corsican mercenaries were the killers, but at the time was deemed too expensive to wage World War Three, so the idea of a conspiracy was created. When his wife Lucy Ryker developed cancer, Ryker used the military to hunt down Bruce Banner who turned into the Hulk after gamma radiation exposure during a nuclear test that Ryker supervised.[2] Ryker initially irradiated various subjects to try and duplicate the same accident behind the Hulk, with the goal of allowing him to isolate the Hulk's ability to cope with the radiation and use it to heal his wife; his closest success was Private Benjamin Tibbits mutating into the imperfect Flux, leading to Ryker simply breaking Flux as a near-mindless soldier against the Hulk.[3] However, his brutal treatment of the Hulk not only broke down the Hulk's other personalities' mental barriers from taking control, including the Devil Hulk, but also convinced General Thunderbolt Ross to turn against Ryker and free their long-time enemy. Taking Lucy hostage, Ross told the truth to Lucy, prompting Ryker to depart as Lucy coldly told him that Lucy did not ask to be healed at the cost of innocent people.[4]

Ryker is responsible for the special Gamma Corps military unit that dealt with the Hulk. He was spurred into action after his wife (who seemed to have been cured by a transfusion of the Hulk's blood) died from a sudden revival of cancer. His Hulkbuster unit was unable to stop the Hulk (who went after Ryker) and caused his subordinate Grey (who had the Hulk's DNA within) to lose his temper, resulting in a Hulk-like rage that tore down Ryker's base with the General still inside.[5]

However, Ryker later reappears as the CEO of Origins Corporation, which specializes in giving average people superpowers through gene therapy, and sending the new Gamma Corps: Black unit under Norman Osborn's auspices to harvest the new She-Hulk's DNA.[6]

Skills and abilities

General John Ryker has no superpowers, but he is a genius strategist and master manipulator, as well as an adept deceiver.[7]

Other versions

Ultimate Marvel

The Ultimate Marvel reality has a general named Ryker who is one of the ones in charge of Project PEGASUS in Devil's Point, Wyoming when the Serpent Squad attacks until stopped by the Fantastic Four.[8]

In other media


  1. ^ DeFalco, Tom; Sanderson, Peter; Brevoort, Tom; Teitelbaum, Michael; Wallace, Daniel; Darling, Andrew; Forbeck, Matt; Cowsill, Alan; Bray, Adam (2019). The Marvel Encyclopedia. DK Publishing. p. 302. ISBN 978-1-4654-7890-0.
  2. ^ Incredible Hulk (vol. 3) #12
  3. ^ Incredible Hulk (vol. 3) #17-19
  4. ^ Incredible Hulk (vol. 3) #20
  5. ^ World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #4
  6. ^ Incredible Hulk (vol. 2) #601
  7. ^ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol 1 #9 (July 2009)
  8. ^ Ultimate Origins #2