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I have a whole set of reviews already to post – as well as my thoughts on the current proposed Marvel story lines – make sure to check back tomorrow.  Mostly I have to upload photos to go along with the post… until then – enjoy Hulk trying to get his zipper zippered!

Can Someone Explain Why…

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The Hulk is on the cover to Fantastic Four #7 – and not even a small shot – he’s pretty prominent on the cover – but does not appear anywhere in the actual comic?  WTH?  What kind of ruse is this Marvel?  I feel duped!

Avengers Hulk Wall Crawler (2014)

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I have a ton of these.  I really think I may have a problem – I bought one for me and one for my daughter (she had, of course, Captain America) and when she busted it open to play with it, well, let’s just say I don’t think I’ve ever seen her laugh out loud the way she did for this toy!  It’s one of those simple toys that you think is sort of a throw away gift but the way she reacts when it crawls down the wall is absolutely priceless!  The gooey ends of the tentacles stick to the wall and then it falls down slowly.  When I saw her reaction I had to go and buy more of these… then I found myself buying out Toys R Us of them… like I said, I might have a problem!

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Read This/Avoid This! Volume 1

Here’s something I meant to get into a while ago – especially when Aaron was writing the Hulk into the ground and there was nothing new worth reading of our favorite jade mass of muscles!  Basically I am going to highlight two books – One you should totally read – like, right now, and the other is one to avoid like the plague!  Let’s get started!

Avoid This!

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Over the Edge Guest Starring The Incredible Hulk (1996)

W: Ralph Macchio
P: Stephen B Jones
I: Mike Witherby

Anyone who knows me knows that I am all about silver-age Hulk characters!  I loves the ingenuity and imagination of them all – so one would think that seeing the villains who graced the 2nd issue ever of the Incredible Hulk series would make me jump for joy – but they would be dead wrong.  Especially when they are written this way.  This issue reminds me of the Ron Howard epic “Cocoon”.  That feel good movie where old people willingly go live on another planet full of beings who glow and make it with each other by shooting light from their bodies.  Except, in this version, pretend Arnold Schwarzenegger comes in at the end and beats the aliens to hell and forces Wilfred Brimley to stay here on Earth to make diabetes commercials for the rest of his days.

Everything about this comic is embarrassing, including the way they write Betty as a nagging, out of touch, non observant ditz who badgers the Hulk into helping a town of people who aren’t looking for it. Not to mention, this is at the stage when the merged Hulk would sometimes bandage himself up (a la The Invisible Man) to disguise himself from the locals.  Because seeing an 8 foot tall man bandaged head to toe is not curious at all. The worst offense of this comic might just be when they had a gigantic Toad Man, that looks like a rejected cereal box mascot, come out to battle the Incredible Hulk and this exchange happened:

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There isn’t a whole lot of information about what Over The Edge titles were supposed to be exactly – more family friendly comics, maybe?  I have no idea as I’ve only read the Hulk one and it isn’t very good so I didn’t bother seeking out anymore.  Grade: D-

Read This Instead!

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The Incredible Hulk (Volume 1) #255 (1981)

W:Bill Mantlo
A: Sal Buscema

There is a reason when people refer to the Hulk most people still think of the Hulk as the brutish, child-like, rage-filled monster that he was for most of the 70′s and 80′s.  It was a fantastic time to be a Hulk fan.  This issue pits a very angry Hulk against a somewhat butthurt Thor.  Thor, as Donald Blake just happened to be in the right place at the wrong time to see the Hulk causing a disturbance in a train yard.  Thinking he had to intervene (as so many heroes do) he confronted the Hulk while thinking back about their previous encounters.  In fact, Thor thinks about having a re-match pitting strength against strength:

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and this happens a few panels later:

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Mantlo was a genius when it came to writing a savage and sympathetic Hulk.  If you’re looking for some good Hulk stories – it’s time to pick through those back issues and snag yourself a copy of this one!  Grade: A

Shake and Smash Hulk (2014)

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I guess I should just admit it now that I am still watching Hulk and the Agents of SMASH.  I am not totally proud of it – but not completely ashamed either.  The show is far from good – but the truth, as much as it hurts sometimes, is that my daughter loves it and we watch it together.  She asks me questions about the characters on the show and I have a grand time answering.  Fin Fang Foom?  Yeah – my daughter knows who that is now… all due to this terrible cartoon.  So, I don’t totally hate it.  Either way though, this new Hulk figure came out with hollow, rubbery arms.  When you shake him he says “No one shakes the Hulk!” even though you literally just shook the hell out of him.  This figure was found at a Target near me – but have not seen anything else from this show on the shelves here.

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Great Article!

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A friend of mine named Jameson has one of the best sites on the interwebs – I have mentioned it before and here I am doing it again – it’s called Daily POP.  You should visit every hour – or at least every day – but let’s stick with every hour for now… anyways, he has posted a few write ups by a guy named Mark Ricard who has been reviewing the Hulk in book form.  Check it out and then read it again to a spouse or homeless person.  Let’s face it – they have nothing better to do.

As always, click on the image for the link!

Mini Potato Head Hulk (2014)

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The greatest thing about living as a comic fan is that you will see a resurgence of merchandise – really fun and unique merchandise – not the overwhelming, crap merchandise they release when a new movie comes out.  The Hulk is getting his just dues with all sorts of new Hulk figures littering the toy isles!  Things for every age too!  Here is a classic Mini-Potato Head with a helping of gamma-irradiated sour cream!  Each little set comes with one potato and two costumes.

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Hulk is paired up with Wolverine – which makes sense as you’d can just toss the Wolverine costume in the trash and keep the Hulk one displayed proudly.  The other set I saw was a Doc Ock/Spidey combo. Not sure when the bigger Hulk-Potato comes out – but for now this will make due.  I found my set at TRU – I picked up one for me and one for my little cherubs.

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