Variant Alert: Immortal Hulk #16 Bennet Wraparound

Immortal Hulk continues to provide stellar writing and horrific art. It’s no wonder Marvel is doing whatever they can to cash in on this run away train of a series. And there is no better way to make more money then supply rare variants.

Immortal Hulk #16 was recently released and along with it a special wrap around cover from the artist of Immortal Hulk, Joe Bennet. The cover features Hulk turning to fleshy goo and changing to Banner…or is it Banner changing over to the Hulk. In any case its a rather gross cover that makes me think of ‘The Thing’. Hulk is on the front with Banner on the back. This cover has made waves in the collecting community. Prior to it’s release pre-salers were offering the 1:25 variant for roughly $60 to $100.

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I made efforts to get to my local comic shop right at opening in hopes of grabbing it for cheaper. Upon arriving it seemed like they did not receive any…that is until my LCS guy surprised me with it. Offering me first dibs. Needless to say I was drooling…until I saw the price tag…$100. Now this price was way beyond what I would ever spend on a variant…but seeing the demand go up and up…this price was somewhat mid-level of what was on Ebay. I did not want to regret missing out – if indeed the price went higher..which it seems to have. (I missed out on an earlier opportunity with the Zaffino variant for IH #2). So I bit the bullet and bought it!

The price was extreme…but I don’t regret getting it. It’s a really nice cover and my first wrap-around. I only hope to have the chance to get it signed and graded. It will look nice in a slab. Until then…it is being well protected and stored.

As a side note seems Marvel is releasing a second printing of IH #16 in April with this same cover but the sky is orange rather then blue. The pre-sale price has been around $60…so not cheap but certainly more doable for those who prefer to pay less for this variant. I maaaayyy try to grab this one as well so I can display them next to each other, but flipped to show both sides…but I’m not going to hold my breath on it.

In short, if you have the money and opportunity – get it. Otherwise I might say save your money for a silver age comic you’ve been really wanting.

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Incredible Hulk: Last Call – David and Keown Reunite!

This has been a time for resurrections. The Hulk is back from the grave, immortal and kicking A$$. And now it seems one of the greatest Hulk creator duos is returning to helm a one shot issue, ‘Incredible Hulk: Last Call’ – Peter David and Dale Keown. Writer Peter David wrote for the Hulk spanning for over a decade. Dale Keown came on-board to pencil for David near the end of his run.

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This is not the first time they have made a comeback. Back in 2002 the pair worked on Hulk: The End, probably one of the best single-issue Hulk stories ever made. So I am quite excited to hear these two are coming back for another round.

We don’t have many details at this time. The synopsis seems to circle around Banner being tired (once again) of being the Hulk and wants to end it. But then he encounters a fight worthy of the incredible hulk.

No information at this time of a potential release date.

Side note: Does the title change indicate the possibility that the series will switch from Immortal to Incredible – if so what are the implications? Or is this just a single issue homage to the old moniker? We will see.

Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross @ Dunn Museum 2019

On March 9th, 2019 the Dunn Museum in Libertyville, Illinois hosted the opening of an exhibition celebrating Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross.

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This was incredibly exciting to me as I’ve only recently discovered this man’s work through his covers on Immortal Hulk. Learning that he physically paints his work blew my mind so I knew I had to meet him. So, of course, once I learned this was happening I made a point to be there bright and early.

I arrived at the gallery at opening time and took my time in absorbing the works on display. It was an assortment of items ranging from complete paintings to drawn boards and even sculptures he helped make.

He even had childhood items on display showing his early love for comic books. Many of these items were featured in his book, Marvelocity – released late 2018.

Not too long after I got into line to meet Alex as he was doing a signing later in the day. Though I had to wait a few hours (mostly handled by watching ‘The Avengers’ on my iPad) it was worth it.

It was so great to meet this guy. I was admittedly a bit starstruck so I regret not having a clear head to ask for a photo with him. Nonetheless I received his signature on a number of items including the official Dunn museum Hulk poster for the event, the Marvelocity book, and my copy of Immortal Hulk #14 (which released earlier that week).

 

The work of Alex Ross is amazing and I hope to find another opportunity to see him again. His body of work is incredible and as an aspiring artist myself he is truly inspirational.

If you happen to live in the area or plan to visit I highly recommend you visit this exhibit. It will be active until September 8th, 2019.

For more information: https://www.lcfpd.org/museum/exhibitions/

 

 

Hulk #30

Do you like the green Hulk? Do you like the red Hulk? Well good news! With this issue you don’t have to choose!

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Writer: Jeff Parker / Artist: Ed McGuinness

This is probably one of the most unique and fun issues to come out for the Hulk in recent memory for me. This issue was released in April 2011 with Ed McGuinness (artist) and Jeff Parker (writer) as the creators.

In short this issue is crazy. The art is amazing and the story is moved along by the inclusion of such a random assortment of characters. Not to mention you see the one and only time the two Hulks are merged into the ‘Compound Hulk’. Both Hulks come together to fight Xemnu who demands a fight to prove himself the better Hulk (see Journey into Mystery #62).

A character known as the ‘Impossible Man’ offers to help and merges the two brutes in order to not only defeat Xemnu, but the assorted other monsters he summons. The Impossible Man is a welcome addition of comedy and is very much a merging of Jim Carrey’s ‘The Mask’ and Genie from ‘Aladdin’.

 

Of course this merging is not exactly the ideal plan for both brutes who prefer to work alone. As such we get some interesting verbal sparring between both Hulks as they fight to gain full control of their new form and eventually find a reason to fight as one.

The story is more or less self contained. So you can easily buy this issue and not feel lost by any preceding events and receive a satisfying conclusion all within this one book.

In short, I can’t recommend this book enough. Go and buy it. That being said it does seem sort of hard to find, but not too expensive. And it seems this form of the Hulk has made quite an impression as there are Funko pops and other assorted items for the compound Hulk. Such as the NYCC exclusive figure.

Note: the photo shown is of a signed copy I own. Signature by Ed McGuinness.

Variant Alert: Immortal Hulk “Best Defense” #1 (Joe Bennett)

Attention Immortal Hulk fans! The original Defenders are coming back and that means old jade jaws is teaming up. As a prelude to this event Marvel released this short series titled under ‘The Best Defense’. Issues will be released for all members including Dr. Strange, Silver Surfer and Namor.

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Recently released (12/5/18) was Hulk’s issue and I managed to grab this variant created by the main artist of the Immortal Hulk series, Joe Bennett. It includes all the Defenders together with Hulk up front and center. A sharp looking cover in my opinion. Reminds me of the first Defenders issue, though it doesn’t pay homage by matching the poses or layout of that first issue.

This issue is 1:25 if I remember correctly. So not impossible to find but still rare. Currently on Ebay its priced for around $10-15. I managed to get mine at my LCS for about $15.

I recommend adding this one to your collection if you can!

 

Hulk (Spider) #049 Heroclix

hulk-spider-clixThis heroclix of Hulk was released in 2018 for the Secret Wars – BattleWorld collection. It is considered Super-Rare. I was not aware a version of the Hulk like this existed. I just happened to see a picture of it online. Now I’ve always known of the Spider-Hulk where Peter Parker gets the Hulks powers. But I did not know there was a story where Hulk gained an additional 4 arms.

It seems back in 2015 a small series of books titled ‘Spider-Island’ came out which seems to feature multiple Marvel characters turned into Spider versions of themselves. Much like the ‘Hulked-Out’ heroes that was done during ‘World War Hulks’. I have not read this story-line but I think I’m going to have to track it down so I know whats going on.

This figure is surprisingly detailed. I would say sculpting-wise its among the best Hulk heroclix out there. However, there are places where the amount of detail seems to have caused small issues in production. Little bits of plastic are sticking out from random spots on the figure. The paint job is decent.

Seeing the Hulk with six arms is quite unique so I’m glad I have it to add to my collection.

Current Ebay prices have it online for around $15 or less.

A Star is Born

So in recent news – something unpredictable occurred – seems the Hulk has gone and had a whole star constellation named after him (along with others such as Godzilla and the TARDIS). This was a way for NASA to celebrate the FERMI gamma space telescope’s 10 years in operation.

Now these constellations are more “un-official” and since they are only emitting gamma rays (get back to that shortly) they can’t be seen with the naked eye. So don’t try looking for him in the night sky.

So yeah, gamma rays. The Hulk among others were chosen to name certain constellations to match certain attributes of their namesakes. Hulk, of course, the product of Gamma rays.

Its unfortunate most of us will never see this constellation, but as a Hulk fan I think it’s cool he was added as a new myth among the heavens.

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To read more: https://weather.com/science/space/news/2018-10-23-nasa-gamma-ray-constellations-hulk-godzilla

To explore the new constellation on NASA’s map:¬† https://fermi.gsfc.nasa.gov/science/constellations/