Marvel has released its first issue of its new reboot and relaunch of the Marvel Universe, Legacy #1 (Sept 27, 2017).
While the issue has so far gotten mild to warm reviews saying its achieves the goals it set for itself, if in a bit of a bumpy way.
My interest though is in this variant cover I discovered while browsing eBay. Seems artist Mike McKone has created a special Hulk variant cover for Legacy #1. Being sold by MyComicShop.com it’s AVAILABLE ONLY ON EBAY. You can’t even buy it from mycomicshop’s site. As of this writing 1,800 have been sold and they are in limited availability according to the eBay listing.
As I have said before I am picky when it comes to variants. Doubly-so when people ask more then cover price for them. But this issue is currently going for around $6.00. For that price I am fine giving this my thumbs up…and my cash. My issue should be in my hands in a week or so.
The cover really does feature some very important characters who have been a big part of the jade giant’s Legacy in the Marvel Universe.
Most of these characters I am familiar with and its kinda cool seeing them all pictured together. You have (going from left to right): Red Hulk, Dr. Strange, Namor, Silver Surfer (I assume to reference Hulk being a founding member of the Defenders), Betty (Banner’s main love interest) and Thaddeus Ross (possibly his greatest enemy – pictured twice on the cover though…wink wink), The Triad (Glow, Guardian, and Goblin – protectors of Hulk’s mind), Hulk’s Warbound from Planet Hulk, Rick Jones (the Hulk’s best friend), She-Hulk (Banner’s cousin Jennifer Walters), and finally Amadeus Cho as the Totally Awesome Hulk (…you just had to include that eye sore…ugh).
That’s a pretty hefty group.
So this variant may not be a “must-have” for everyone who loves comics. But given the special significance to Hulk’s history this cover contains, and for the price, its a pretty cool bit of art for a Hulk fan.
If I am not mistaken this is the first time Hulk encounters the swamp creature known as Man-Thing. I personally am not a huge fan of Man-Thing as I feel he is kind of a rip-off of Swamp Thing (but who ripped off who I can’t be sure. Seems both characters debuted in 1971…hmmm).
Writer: Len Wein / Artist: Sal Buscema / Cover: Bernie Wrightson
Any way, this issue was released in March 1976. The most notable detail (and reason why I own it) in my opinion is the cover. It is the only Incredible Hulk cover ever created by Bernie Wrightson. The only other Hulk story he did was for a graphic novel of Hulk and the Thing. If you don’t know who Wrightson is, be sure to check out my post in memory of him.
I had hoped to get him to sign this but at the time this was a hard issue to find and had to resort to an online auction. With Wrightson’s passing that dream died with him (unless I buy a signed copy).
The issue in general is not a bad story. In addition to Man-Thing it includes a host of characters such as The Glob, “Doc” Samson, and The Collector. The two monsters in this story battle the Hulk and actually give Jade Jaws a hard time.
At the time of this writing this book is not expensive. Ebay prices typically have it around $10 – 20 at best, but of course there are exceptions. However, it is hard to find. At least it has for me. I’ve only ever seen one issue in all my searching and it was the one I own.
So this one won’t break the bank, but I’d plan to get it online. RIP Wrightson.
This post comes late, but I wanted to dedicate some time to this. On March 18th, 2017 the world lost itself a great artist. The master of the macabre, Bernie (Berni) Wrightson.
Bernie began his career in 1966 working as an illustrator for The Baltimore Sun and would continue making work pretty much up until his death. His most notable achievement is being the co-creator of Swamp Thing for DC comics. His design for Swamp Thing would help make it one of the most recognized characters to come out of DC and to this day remains a popular character.
In my opinion however I find his greatest work to be the art he contributed to the immortal classic novel Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley. In 1983 he created a series of illustrations to go along with the novel. These images are hailed as the defining impressions of the novel. They were printed alongside the novel and have been reprinted at least a few times in the past thirty years. The original images are notoriously hard to collect, much less locate.
His work has inspired so many people including, but not limited to, Guillermo Del Toro, Joss Whedon and Mike Mignola. I personally place Bernie’s work among the great artists such as Gustave Dore and Francisco Goya. His work has also been of personal inspiration to myself.
And since this is a Hulk blog I must also mention he did the art for Marvel’s graphic novel #29 The Incredible Hulk and the Thing in the Big Change. In addition he did the cover for Incredible Hulk #197.
I feel I should also mention one of the last projects he worked on. As a follow up to his work on the Frankenstein novel he produced the art for the comic series Frankenstein Alive, Alive. This series began in 2012 and only made it to three issues. I myself have all three and LOVED the artwork. The story was also quite interesting and was building towards something unique. Unfortunately it was never continued beyond the third issue. I highly recommend you take a look at these if you have the chance.
As a side note I was fortunate enough to have met him briefly at a convention in Indianapolis in 2016. I am really glad I was able to tell him my appreciation for his work and be graced with his signature upon a handful of items (one of which was a copy of his illustrated Frankenstein edition).
I hope if you are reading this (and especially if you are unfamiliar with any of the works mentioned) that you take the time to search out and appreciate his art. He truly found the beauty in horror and gave monsters a soul.
please dont suck…please dont suck…please dont suck
In my area a group has been setting up an event know as a Drink n’ Draw. People come to a local bar and drink while drawing life models of people in cosplay. Each month is a different theme. Well this month was Marvel Vs DC. But unfortunately (or fortunately) no one came out as anyone DC. So it was all Marvel characters: Captain America, Psylocke, The Wasp, Jean Grey, and me as The Maestro.
I have an image of me in costume from C2E2 last year but I have since upgraded certain parts of it. Namely the head and arms. I think it’s much better. Below I have posted some of the photos taken along with an amazing drawing from a local artist, Mario Tokarzewski. Check out his other work HERE and HERE. He made me look really good.
Art by Mario Tokarzewski
So it seems in April the Hulk series will begin a new ongoing series that will drop the “incredible” or “indestructible” from the Hulk title. Going forth the series will be called simply ‘HULK’. The premise thus far does seem exciting, promising revelations as to who the Hulk really is and Banner’s hidden motives. I personally love some of the art that has been released in preparation. Here are a couple I just have to share. GET SMASHED!
Sorry about the delay in posts. My personal life has been rocked by some dramatic events. But I felt I should share some of these earth-shattering photos. Earth-shattering in the sense they are not the Hulk you know. In case you weren’t aware my background is in the arts and one of my all time favorite artists is Jeff Koons. If you don’t know him look him up here. He is a kitsch artist. Meaning he deals in works exploring the banal, ordinary, and tasteless. And he has only grown in importance to me since discovering his Hulk series of works. Below is a small sampling. I suggest you check out his other works. Hulk smash fine art!!