An incredible anatomical drawing of the Hulk's skull and musculature

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Over at Scientific American, amazing science artist Glendon Mellow has posted my current favorite picture in the entire universe: An anatomy drawing he did a few years ago of Hulk's skull, based on the skulls of actual early hominids. (Click to enlarge — we've also got the text below.)


Writes Mellow:

I tried to draw on not only my mother's nursing school anatomy textbooks, but also gorilla and hominid ancestor skulls (such as Paranthropus, though my murky text identitifies it with the outdated Zinjanthropus name), inspiration for things like the cranial ridge and large jaw muscles. I included details such as 3 scars on the bone (I'm Canadian: Wolverine wrecked his face a few times and I wanted to document that) and perfect glowing teeth. If anyone has perfect shiny teeth, it needs to be Hulk.


Science geekery plus Avengers fandom equals happy Friday, people.

Here's what the tiny text around the drawings says:

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.

via Symbiartic on Scientific American


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Corpore Metal

Now, while it is cool to see this being done, I'm guess I'm having a grumbling old fart moment here. Back in the 1960s and the 1970s Scientific American would have never wallowed in pop culture like this.

PLEASE NOTE I am not denigrating pop culture, the Hulkster or any of that. It's just that Scientific American used to be a much more serious, hard and yes, even a little boring (But only to the non science nerds!), periodical. SciAm used to be entirely too ultra cool to even need stuff like this. It was mostly black and white, had far fewer ads, much more dense print was less than a third of the price it is now. Back in the day, the Amateur Scientist and Mathematical Games columns alone were more than worth the price of the subscription, never mind all the rest of the articles. My feeling is that it started to go down hill after AK Dewney and Doug Hofstadter left and Phil Morrison died.

Never mind. It's just old fart grumbling and sour grapes.