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.
This news comes compliments of the Engine of Destruction site. I was not even aware this is happening. Apparently Marvel wants to make sure EVERYONE has a chance to experience the Planet Hulk story line prior to Thor: Ragnarok releasing in November.
A novel, being written by none other then Greg Pak (the original writer of the graphic novel), is scheduled to be released October 17th, 2017. Which should allow fans old and new about two weeks to read before going to see Ragnarok.
I would imagine this novel to have a few tweaks on the narrative to give something new for the old fans. But overall I’d expect it to just be the graphic novel without pictures. In any case I am very tempted to buy and read this just on the off chance he sneaks something in that may connect with the movie. I doubt it, but perhaps I’m just trying to justify paying for and re-reading a story I’ve read a hundred times before.
The book can be pre-ordered on Amazon here.
I must have missed the teaser but it seems Marvel is debuting a new series in the summer titled ‘Generations’. Recent news broke regarding the details of the story and for us Hulk fans it is very exciting news.
This new series will involve 10 one-shot issues. Each issue will be devoted to a particular character and his/her old and new incarnations. For example Wolverine and X-23 or IronMan’s Tony Stark and Riri Williams.And it’s been confirmed that Hulk will not be left out of this event. An issue is promised to team up both Hulks; the incredible Bruce and the awesome Amadeus. Hence the title of ‘Generations’.
It has not been revealed how characters like Logan or Bruce will be resurrected for this event except the Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso is quoted mentioning an “ingenious device”. Is this time travel? An alternate dimension?
In any case I am excited to see the old Hulk back (and not just as a samurai zombie). I unfortunately will have to endure the new Hulk being present. But perhaps this issue will help me appreciate him a bit more. We will see.
Keep your ears open for more news in the coming months. The first issue should drop in July 2017 and wrap up the series in September.
Each day brings us closer and closer to November 3rd.The day of Ragnarok. And slowly details and photos are leaking regarding the film. Recently images surfaced of the new Lego mini figs. In fact it seems loose figures have begun making it onto eBay with large prices from China.
Feel free to look online for more photos regarding Thor and whatnot. Our focus here is the Hulk. Looking at the Gladiator Hulk mini-figure I realized I missed out on another new feature of this Hulk. His tattoos/body paint. If you see the artwork leaked some months back you can kind of see the marks but they blend in with the highlights. I missed them. But with this latest figure it confirms the basic new look for the Hulk. The armor, of course, being expected given the photos from SDCC.
Each new reveal makes me even more pumped for the new movie. Given there is so much Hulk in this it actually makes me sad this movie doesn’t have the dual title of Thor & Hulk: Ragnarok! Alas, we Hulk fans will take what we can get. I just hope they do the character justice. Especially if they plan for him to open his mouth in this installment.
Before we even begin talking about this figure we need to briefly address the background on it. If you are not aware, Toei Animation and Disney have partnered in Japan to produce a Marvel anime titled ‘Marvel: Disk Wars’. The basic premise is that a bunch of supervillains in addition to some heroes have become trapped in these special “disks’. The supervillain disks have been shuffled around to some bad people on the planet wanting to use them. In turn a handful of kids have the superhero disks and travel the world stopping the bad guys by releasing the superheroes from their disks for a short time.
TLDR: basically imagine Marvel superheroes as Pokemon. Except instead of poke’balls, they are stuck in disks.
With that in mind, lets continue. The packaging is mostly in Japanese as this is mainly geared towards Japanese boys. The art reflects the Hulk as shown in the Anime and the figure seems to follow suit pretty closely. Bushy eyebrows and crew cut included. The sculpting of the figure is smooth with minimal detail. It’s best feature is the articulation. You can pose this guy pretty much any way you want.
In many ways it is like the Marvel universe Hulk in terms of articulation and basic shape. But it is smaller then the Marvel universe version with much less detail. This is very much a stylized Hulk, even down to his belt. This figure also includes a Hulk Disk sitting in a green holder. The disk can be removed.
That being said I find this interpretation interesting, but definitely not a favorite of mine. Though I do find the disk kinda cool to have as part of the collection. If you can grab it cheap then go for it, but I wouldn’t consider it a MUST HAVE.
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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.
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