Now I might be overdoing it, but this is really going too far. I read recently that Marvel would be doing a new series where they would re-visit the Planet Hulk story line with ‘Return to Planet Hulk’ (as part of the Marvel Legacy lineup). Now I would be fine with re-visiting it…as long as the original Hulk associated was included.
Nope…we are getting a Planet Hulk story line with Amadeus Cho (AKA the Totally Lame Hulk). And here they are ripping off one of the covers of the old series to sell the new one. Out of sheer sick curiosity I will page through it when it drops. But that’s it. Unless something has changed regarding the character I will not be buying this.
No, Marvel. I will not encourage this farce further by giving you my money.
Am I over reacting? Feel free to prove me wrong.
Are you a new Hulk fan or possibly an old fan who has fallen out of touch with the character? Well I advise you to check out goodreads.com. It is a site dedicated to people who love books of all kinds. This includes comic books. They have assembled, by reader votes, a pretty accurate list of the best Hulk stories ever (well 78 stories to be exact).
The list does seem to sit in favor of the more recent books. Planet Hulk and World War Hulk are unsurprisingly holding strong at the top of this list. So if you think the older comics are not being represented I would understand that.
Still I recommend you peruse the list to see if there is a great story you may have missed. http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/16971.Best_of_the_Hulk
Here are the stories in the top 10:
- The Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk by Greg Pak
- The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect by Peter David
- Hulk: The End by Peter David
- World War Hulk by Grek Pak
- Indestructible Hulk, Volume 1: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Mark Waid
- The Incredible Hulk Visionaries: Peter David, Vol. 1 by Peter David
- The Incredible Hulk Visionaries: Peter David, Vol. 2 by Peter David
- Batman vs The Incredible Hulk by Len Wein
- The Incredible Hulk, Volume 1: Return of the Monster by Bruce Jones
- The Incredible Hulk Visionaries: Peter David, Vol. 6 by Peter David
I decided to handle both these figures at the same time since they are pretty much the same sculpt. As you can see the one on the left is a normal looking Hulk and the one on the right has robotic components.
The Robot Hulk figure was released first in 2011 in the Incredible Hulk set. The normal Hulk was later released in 2012 as part of the Galactic Guardians Set.
These probably represent the most detailed Green Hulk heroclix you will find with few exceptions. They have nicely sculpted muscles with a very basic paint job. The robotic parts seem more or less glued on extras which is why it’s odd the robot sculpt was released prior to the normal one. Their faces are kinda squished in there to handle so much detail.
The Robot Hulk is a common item while the normal Hulk is rated as ‘Rare’. Both are fairly cheap to buy ranging around $2-4 dollars.
This Hulk heroclix was released in 2012 under Marvel’s Heroclix Tenth Anniversary set. The figure is clearly in reference to the Hulk when he first changes and seeks to escape the military bunker holding him in Incredible Hulk #1.
The figure has decent sculpting, though the face leaves much to be desired. The pose is nice as well. The figure is a common rarity so its typically cheap and easy to find. Typically costs $2-5.
An easy addition to any Heroclix collection.
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.
Continually I am blown away by Marvel’s reveals from the new Thor movie. And this reveal is no exception. Feast your eyes on Hulk’s BED!
He sleeps in a freaking skull!! So B.A. I so badly want this to be something I can get from IKEA.
This item was put on display with a bunch of other MCU props at a Museum exhibit in Australia.
Once again I wait patiently (fists clenched) for November 3rd.
With the new Defenders series hitting Netflix soon I think it’s best to revisit the origins of the group.
The Defenders in Netflix’s show may be more down-to-Earth then their Avenger counterparts. But in the comics The Defenders began with some pretty out of this world members. It originally began with the Sub-Mariner, Dr. Strange and the Hulk. This first issue was released in December 1971.
Dr.Strange discovers that a machine of terrible power has been created meant to destroy the world (go figure…). So he enables the help of the Sub-Mariner and Hulk in order to infiltrate the bad guys base and disable the machine.
The machine is technically not disabled, but through some manipulation of time is made mostly harmless.
This book is one of the better stories I have read from an older time period. The inclusion of Strange and the Sub-Mariner also gives a little more to the plot. I also like the art in this issue as well. Hulk of course does not play nice with others and takes some convincing, but ultimately becomes a founding member of The Defenders.
Hulk was also a founding member of The Avengers, but did leave in issue #2. In keeping with that, Hulk pretty much abandons the Defenders the second it’s named. He does become a significant returning member in later issues though.
This issue not only marks the beginning of the Defenders but also the Marvel Feature lineup which lasted 12 issues. It is from this lineup that the Defenders comics splintered off from.
This issue also includes a new Dr.Strange solo story. I believe it was meant to “reboot” or reintroduce him back into the public eye after a short hiatus.
As of this writing the issue is fairly popular. A decent copy goes for around $100-150 to as high as $400. I managed to snag mine for $50, though it is a bit beat up.
In my mind it’s worth it. To own a copy of Avengers #1 is easily in the thousands of dollars. At least with this issue of The Defenders, where Hulk is a founding member, the issue is affordable.