Immortal Hulk continues to provide stellar writing and horrific art. It’s no wonder Marvel is doing whatever they can to cash in on this run away train of a series. And there is no better way to make more money then supply rare variants.
Immortal Hulk #16 was recently released and along with it a special wrap around cover from the artist of Immortal Hulk, Joe Bennet. The cover features Hulk turning to fleshy goo and changing to Banner…or is it Banner changing over to the Hulk. In any case its a rather gross cover that makes me think of ‘The Thing’. Hulk is on the front with Banner on the back. This cover has made waves in the collecting community. Prior to it’s release pre-salers were offering the 1:25 variant for roughly $60 to $100.
I made efforts to get to my local comic shop right at opening in hopes of grabbing it for cheaper. Upon arriving it seemed like they did not receive any…that is until my LCS guy surprised me with it. Offering me first dibs. Needless to say I was drooling…until I saw the price tag…$100. Now this price was way beyond what I would ever spend on a variant…but seeing the demand go up and up…this price was somewhat mid-level of what was on Ebay. I did not want to regret missing out – if indeed the price went higher..which it seems to have. (I missed out on an earlier opportunity with the Zaffino variant for IH #2). So I bit the bullet and bought it!
The price was extreme…but I don’t regret getting it. It’s a really nice cover and my first wrap-around. I only hope to have the chance to get it signed and graded. It will look nice in a slab. Until then…it is being well protected and stored.
As a side note seems Marvel is releasing a second printing of IH #16 in April with this same cover but the sky is orange rather then blue. The pre-sale price has been around $60…so not cheap but certainly more doable for those who prefer to pay less for this variant. I maaaayyy try to grab this one as well so I can display them next to each other, but flipped to show both sides…but I’m not going to hold my breath on it.
In short, if you have the money and opportunity – get it. Otherwise I might say save your money for a silver age comic you’ve been really wanting.