On April 21-23 2017 McCormick Place hosted the annual C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo). I was fortunate to attend on Saturday and Wow was it a day!
In addition to running around seeing some amazing artists and celebrities I was dressed to impress. I have spent the last few months creating my Gladiator Hulk costume and finished some last minute changes the night before and was ready to smash. Overall I think it came out really well. The response from other people at the Con seemed incredibly positive.
I had originally debated not doing it but with the release of the Thor: Ragnarok trailer I had to represent for the Hulk. Seeing the Hulk at C2E2 is rare. I’m glad I went ahead with it.
You can see some other photos of me taking out my aggression on Iron Man and Harry Potter below.
I met Jim Cheung who did the covers for the 3-issue series ‘Hulk: Unchained’ and he signed the second issue for me. Very nice guy. I also was finally able to get my Young variant of Indestructible Hulk #1 signed by Skottie Young. I just love his baby version of Hulk and could not pass up the opportunity.
The highlight of my visit was meeting Carlo Pagulayan, who was the Penciler for many of the Incredible Hulk issues that debuted the original Planet Hulk storyline. The Planet Hulk story is easily one of my, if not most, favorite comics. The art treatment in it was also so vivid and rich. I had to have him sign my copy of Incredible Hulk #92.
It also so happens I had a blank variant copy of Planet Hulk #1 (Secret Wars) and I was able to request a sketch commission on it. Yes, they were two different story lines with the same name, but to have one of the original artists do a planet hulk cover for me was amazing. As you can see from the photo it turned out incredible *wink*!!
Currently they are all out for CGC and should be back soon. Till then I wait with baited breath.
In non-Hulk news I also met Rob Liefeld (creator of Deadpool) who signed my copy of the Deadpool movie. I met Troy Baker (voice actor from The Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite) who signed my old PS3 copy of Last of Us. And of course I snagged a couple cool figures and a few Hulk comics I’ve had on my radar (Wolverine #8 for example).
All in all it was an amazing experience. Can’t wait for next year.
I am literally so excited I can’ think. I need to go SMASH something.
(though I’m not sold on Jeff Goldblum yet)
If you are a PC gamer you are most likely aware of the RPG game Marvel Heroes. A top down brawler where you can play as just about any Marvel character and fight along side other players to defeat the bad guys.
I bought the Hulk founders pack when it first launched and I played for awhile but quickly lost interest. Mostly cause I am not a PC gamer and did not like playing with a mouse and keyboard. So it’s been quite some time since I logged into it.
Otherwise though it was a fine Marvel inspired game. Nothing mind blowing in my opinion. Felt like Warcraft with a Marvel skin. But it appears to have kept it’s popularity despite not much fanfare.
So popular in fact that Marvel Heroes will be coming to PS4 (a system I use a lot). Not sure if it will keep my attention any more then before, but I’ll certainly try it out. I mean it will be free and I can play as Hulk for a bit.
My only gripe is that at this time I won’t be able to transfer items from my PC account to PS4. I hope they change that so I can use the stuff I’ve already paid for.
Check out the trailer below!
please dont suck…please dont suck…please dont suck
Don’t you hate it when the elderly get angry about something? Get off my lawn. My food is cold! My back hurts! Well what if they could throw a bus or cut you in half before you could blink? Well that’s what’s happening. Marvel’s grumpiest old men are going to duke it out. And who other could they be then Old Man Logan and the Maestro.
That’s right. It’s been confirmed that in the future issue of Old Man Logan #25 the scrapper with claws will encounter the green king himself. The Maestro decides to journey back in time to present day and take over the Hulk clan that Logan had decimated in his earlier adventure. This should prove to be a challenge for the retired Wolverine as the Maestro has even given the original Hulk issues on multiple occasions.
This story is also meant to begin the start of a new creative team taking over the title going forward. Being a Maestro fan this is definitely a comic I’ll be picking up when it comes out.
The issue should be released in June 2017.
This issue was released in November 1962 and is another book from the original series to include two different stories. Them being ‘The Monster and the Machine’ and ‘Mongu! Gladiator from Space!’
I was not a fan of the machine story. Though it did further explore characteristics of the Hulk. Specifically his ability to transform. During this time Banner discovered he was able to control the transformations using controlled doses of gamma rays. This machine he would use to dose himself would be the main reason for his transformations until issue #6. Also Hulk would more or less retain Banner’s mind.
Writer: Stan Lee / Artist: Jack Kirby / Editor: Stan Lee
The Mongu story at least had a twist, albeit a bit lame, but for the time I’m sure it was clever. A being named Mongu arrives from space and basically challenges the Earth to bring forth its mightiest warrior for him to fight. Should he win, or no one shows up, he will summon his fleet to destroy the Earth. Well Hulk could not resist of course. However, in the course of the battle it is revealed that this Gladiator’s origins are much closer to home…and Soviet.
Overall not a bad book. I did quite enjoy some of the art and Stan Lee really let the Hulk show more of what he was capable of. I dare say the Hulk was actually Incredible.
As you can see from the cover my copy is a bit beat up and has some ink stains. But this is the price you pay for affordable silver age comics of the Hulk. This issue seems to fetch large prices on eBay. So it appears to be a sought after title ranging in prices from $200-400. My copy was around $100 due to its condition.
Average eBay Value:
This tiny book is one of 6 different titles (including Captain America and Thor) released in 1966. They were sold via gumball machines in various colors (blue, yellow, red, green).
These books are regarded as the tiniest comic series in the world measuring 5/8 in. x 7/8 in. Basically the size of a quarter. When the Incredible Hulk’s original six issues ended in 1963 with #6, this tiny book was released three years later and could be construed as an Incredible Hulk #7.
The pages of this tiny book are fused together but could be pulled apart if desired. I have decided not to open this one in order to maintain its quality. The story seems to be more or less an overview of who and what the Hulk is and does. There are pictures and videos available online to see the interior pages. Though they seem to be simply pictures with the opposite page having a small blurb describing the image.
I was able to win this book in an auction for about $20 but most places are asking $60 given their low availability.
I keep this little guy safe in very capable hands.