Batman Vs. The Incredible Hulk (aka The Monster and the Madman)

In memory of Len Wein (1948-2017)

This is a rare and special comic, for multiple reasons. First, the obvious…this issue has the Incredible Hulk…and freaking BATMAN! Wow, what a combination. Second, this comic is HUGE! It is tabloid size. See the image for a comparison between it and a standard size comic.

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This comic was released in September, 1981 as part of the DC special series (Vol.1 #27). Since I am not a DC fan (aside from Batman and a few other related characters) I don’t know all the details. This is the first crossover to feature Batman and the last of the huge tabloid size editions for many years.

Though the comic is typically referred to as ‘Batman vs The Incredible Hulk’ it’s true title is “The Monster and The Madman”. The story actually includes a lot of the Joker (in reference of the madman I assume). 

The story is told in several chapters and despite being a Hulk/Batman crossover deals with the Joker a lot. He is, as expected, the prime instigator between Hulk and Batman. Actually the Joker steals the show for the most part, and along with another villain (Marvel-related I believe) he gains some trippy powers.

batmanhulk1The story is written by Len Wein with art by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez. The art is not bad and does a good job of blending these two character’s worlds together. The story is actually really awesome in my opinion. In fact, its so highly praised its in the top 10 on goodreads.com. You can see my post on this here.

However, the story is probably more of a treat for Batman fans rather then Hulk fans. Hulk is a big part of the story, but he kind of gets upstaged by Batman who is then upstaged by Joker. It’s still worth the read. There is also the inclusion of various Batman and Hulk villains such as Abomination and Two-Face…well..sort of. In a way.

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Gotta include the Batman slap 🙂

 

 

 

Overall its a fun story with some really cool art. I recommend grabbing it if you can. The original large tabloid version is kind of expensive, especially a good copy. However, there have been smaller subsequent versions released such as the gold collectors edition and an even smaller book. They tend to go for a lower price. It’s also available as a digital comic.

Current Ebay Prices:

Original Tabloid Edition (1981):

  • $40-120 (10/12/17)

Collectors Edition (1995):

  • $20-40 (10/12/17)

 

 

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EW exclusive clip – Thor Ragnarok: “Loki, look who it is!!”

Entertainment Weekly recently released an exclusive clip for the new Thor: Ragnarok film showing part of the initial meetup of Thor and Hulk. It also shows just how popular Hulk is on the planet Sakaar.

But of course you can’t beat the look of numb fear across Loki’s face. The last time Loki and Hulk crossed paths the trickster god got a major spanking.

Click on Link or Image Below to see Video

http://ew.com/movies/2017/10/09/thor-ragnarok-hulk-clip/

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Demofist: YOU can SMASH!

Lately I’ve been hooked on Kickstarter. Backing the coolest and unique projects. Well I just discovered a project that resonates with me as a Hulk fan. I invite you to check out, Demofist. A new project being currently funded on Kickstarter. The item in question is a solid steel fist that can be held with one hand and used for demolition purposes. The interior is foam covered with a cushioned bar. Is it practical? Perhaps not. But does it look fun to use? It does indeed.

I felt it was worthy to fund at early bird pricing. If you want this I suggest you hurry over and grab it soon. As a Hulk fan I cannot wait to SMASH things with this!

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Variant Alert: (She-)Hulk #1 (Ed McGuinness)

I am late in posting on this variant as it has been circulating online since about late 2016/early 2017. I say online cause this variant is made in collaboration with Hall of Comics and sold exclusively online. So you won’t be finding this at your local comic shop. hoc_hulk_cvr_a_1024x1024

This cover is an homage to the classic Incredible Hulk #181 cover which was the first complete appearance of Wolverine and of their first epic meeting. This cover takes that composition and substitutes the new Wolverine (X-23) and the She-Hulk (who is looking a bit different due to emotional/mental factors).

Admittedly I have not been a fan of this new (She-) Hulk series. The overall concept was interesting, but its execution has left a lot to be desired. I bought this issue for the cover and that’s it. I felt it was unique enough to be worthy to join the collection; and to have some female Hulk representation included. Also, I like McGuinness’ work.

I think it’s an attractive piece of art, but I do kind of wish Ed utilized the background a bit more rather then settle on a flat red background.

I would be remiss in mentioning that there are not one, not two, but THREE versions of this cover. One is as seen here. The second version (dubbed the popcorn version) includes Deadpool eating popcorn while riding on the back of the Wendigo. The third version is the popcorn variant, but in black&white (except Deadpool).

The issue originally sold for $65 and is still available as of this writing. Though it does seem to have a limited printing. Looking at Ebay any issues being sold have spiked to $85 or higher.

If you like covers, especially homage covers featuring Wolverine or She-Hulk then this one is for you. Otherwise you might just wanna skip it.

New Hulk/Thor Comic Coming Soon

In the wake of Thor: Ragnarok premiering  November 3, 2017 it seems Marvel is going to keep the fires of this movie’s hype…raging. Coming in September 2017 will be a digital exclusive series premiering Hulk and Thor. There will be six issues released monthly. And if I understand correctly, eventually being released to print as a whole collection.

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The series is titled ‘Thor & Hulk: Champions of the Universe‘. Not much is known of the synopsis other then an elder of the universe wants to fight Earth’s strongest hero. So, of course, Thor or Hulk cannot decide for themselves. This in turn compels them to complete a series of challenges to prove which is the strongest and worthy to fight.

The team responsible for this new comic are Jeremy Whitley, Simone Buanfantino and Alti Firmansyah.

Sure, a mashup with Hulk and Thor is great. I’m just happy I can get a new comic with the proper, true Hulk in it.

HULK (2003) Nostalgia Critic Review

Nostalgia Critic has done a humorous review of the Hulk movie from 2003. It is one of the first Marvel films made just before the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) came into being. It was the very film that brought the Hulk to my attention and set me down the path to being the super fan I am today. So it does have a place in my heart.

For it’s time I thought it was an amazing Hulk movie. But since then I now see the major issues with it. I think it simply had a poor directing choice for this film. Ang Lee is a great director. I just don’t think he was the one who should have helmed this project. Honestly I think this movie was very experimental and in many ways taught Marvel how NOT to make a superhero film. The film was too dramatic for people wanting a fun summer popcorn flick…and too much a popcorn flick for people who appreciated drama. It took itself too seriously.

Check out the review here and have a laugh. It’s been a long road to Ragnarok.

 

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