Psychiatrist; former college professor, special consultant to the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Gamma Base in New Mexico
Place of Birth
Gamma Base staff, Hulkbusters
Green (formerly brown)
Doc Samson possesses superhuman strength, endurance, and durability. His skin and muscles have been fortified by gamma radiation, and is resistant to injury from gunfire. However, his strength is proportionate to the length of his hair.
He is able to lift up to 25 tons. He can also leap great distances (580 ft straight up, and can also leap a distance of more than 900 ft).
Dr. Leonard Samson came to General "Thunderbolt" Ross with a plan to cure Ross's daughter Betty (who had, at the time, been transformed into a crystalline form through a blood transfusion with the Sandman). Dr. Samson had technicians devise a machine that would drain off gamma particle energy and psionic energy from Bruce Banner as he transformed into the monstrous Hulk. Samson theorized that as a result of this process, both Bruce and Betty would be cured. (To learn more about the above characters, just click on their names.)
After the procedure, most of the psionic energy drained from Banner, as well as a considerable amount of his excess gamma radiation, remained in the machine. Therefore, later, Dr. Samson irradiated himself with the energies remaining within the machine. As a result, the skinny, brown-haired Samson, was transformed into a massively muscled, green-haired superhuman with gamma-boosted strength. Unfortunately, like the Hulk, Samson also now had to deal with various personalities: Leonard the Psychiatrist, Good Samson, and Bad Samson.
Doc Samson (as he has been nicknamed) has long sought to capture and permanently cure the Hulk. However, the Hulk hasn't been Samson's only focus...Samson was integral in the capture of the first known gamma-powered serial killer, Patchwork. He has also aided others who have been affected by gamma radiation such as the Initiative recruit, Geiger. (To learn about the highlighted characters, just click on their names.)
Doc Samson and the Hulk have fought many times over the years; however, in recent years Samson has become Banner's friend and confidant, as well as his therapist. Also, along with helping the Hulk, Doc Samson has been working as a psychiatrist specializing in other superheroes' problems.
Samson also took part in the Superhero Civil War, and was Pro-Registration. (This put him against the greats like Captain America.) (Click on the highlighted event and character above to learn more about them.)
To learn more about Doc Samson, click on the following link, http://marvel.com/universe/Doc_Samson.Doc Samson appears in The Incredible Hulk movie. He's the psychiatrist that is in a relationship with Betty Ross at the beginning of the movie. In the movie Leonard Samson doesn't appear to have any superpowers yet. In the deleted scenes of the movie, there were more scenes where Leonard was getting to know more about Bruce and were becoming friends, but obviously these scenes were deleted from the movie.