Boomcatz – Coming to a Store Near You?

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Here is a mock up for an idea for a new line of mystery boxed figures by artist Tom Kennedy.  Keep in mind – these are just ideas floating around this guy’s head for a new line – not something that will be actually released.  Ultimately, I feel as though we have too many mystery box lines as it is – and Marvel Heroes as cats?  I’m just not feeling it.  Of course I would still try to acquire the Hulk kitty – but I can’t say for certain I would recommend this line to other collectors.

Keep in mind, it has nothing to do with the design or sculpt of each figure – in all honesty they look well done – it’s the idea.  We already have a Hulk Bear, a Hulk Rabbit (or Labbit I think they’re called) do we really need another Hulk animal based line?  I’m not so sure… but click the image above to be brought to the article featuring each feline figurine.

IDW Herb Trimpe’s Incredible Hulk Artist’s Edition (2015)

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Along with the beautiful Sal Buscema book IDW released late last year they also released this gorgeous collection of the greatest Hulk artist to ever live.  The man was a true talent and gentleman.  Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting the man knew of his enormous generosity toward the fans who celebrated his work.  Nothing made me happier than to meet this man and see just how much he enjoyed conversing with fans.  I was lucky enough to afford a few commissions as well – my favorite being the Fixit cover he did for me:

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This fantastic book gives you the opportunity to see his work in a new way! While enjoying the raw pencil and inks of each page from his illustrious career they showcase just how amazing of an artist Trimpe truly was.  You can get lost exploring the imperfections of a true master of the craft and studying the details he left to his many partners.

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In the book you can read a few complete Hulk issues including one of my all time favorites, issue #131!  Each issue showcases not only the original art for each page of the comic but also the inserts.  The pages are filled with the blemishes, yellowing tape and stains from yesteryear.  The handwritten comic notes scribbled across the top of the pages.

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Even better, the book is almost the exact size of the original art.  Like you’re reading issue from the pages handed to you by Mr. Trimpe himself.  If only the man himself was still with us,  I’m sure he would be humbled by how fantastic this book came out.  At the end of the book we are treated with scribbles, doodles and notes from Herb and his collaborators.  We are even given a small portion of covers from the master, including the greatest issue of them all: The Incredible Hulk #165.

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Marvel Universe Galactus and Silver Surfer (2010)

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I was pretty selective when it came to buying the Marvel Universe figures but there was no way I would ever let a Galactus figure this amazing to get by.  The awesome might of this figure is, if you never had the opportunity to see one in person, is too much to ignore.  This is not the first Galactus figure Marvel produced – there was a Marvel Legends BAF that is impressive as well – but this fits into the scale of the MU way better than the ML did.  Not really, of course, seeing as the Planet Eater is too gargantuan to make to scale – but this as good a match up as we’re ever going to get!

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One of the best features of this toy is the electronic voice that booms from it when you press the button in the middle of his chest.  Even better, is the figure does not come alone.  Galactus could never work alone – he needs his herald – and thank goodness they choose his favorite of the bunch (but how great would it have been if they had chosen Nova or Firelord!).  This version of the Silver Surfer is the best version to get which is a shame the only way to obtain one was purchasing this pricey figure!  Of course, you could always eBay it – but hey, why would you want one without the other anyways?  Most of the Surfer figure we were served with has a flatter finish that was more grey than silver.  Not this figure though – he shimmers in the light like he’s supposed to!

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There is a darker variant to this figure – I’m not sure if it was an exclusive or not – but it never made it’s way to the aisle of my local TRU.  It’s a cool paint – but this is the classic – the better version – and the Silver Surfer’s paint job looks a bit silly to me.   Either way, if you ever choose to get this figure you should certainly looking to the bright purple and blue!  Even the grimace on the Eater of Worlds face is perfect.  It’s a substantial piece though – you need to have the room to display it.  Truly, though, one of the best offerings the line ever gave us.

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Soon to be… BAF Abomination!

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Pics released at the SDCC this year shows plans for an Abomination BAF to be released in an upcoming wave of Marvel Legends.  Some people suspect it may be in the Captain America: Civil War wave – others are pretty sure it’s not.  So, really it’s anybody’s guess right now.  Either way, I’m looking forward to see if they can top the Marvel Legends Abomination from series 13.  I don’t have a lot of confidence – but the production pictures released look pretty good.

Hulk Dorbz (2016)

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More and more unique Marvel figures are popping up on the scene.  Shockingly, even some NOT produced by Funko!  There are quite a few imported pieces making their way on eBay – but this post is about one of the new series of figures littering the shelves this side of the pond.  Dorbz are cute, happy versions of your favorite Marvel heroes and – BONUS – they don’t sport the bobble head feature!  Since Mighty Muggs most of the figures produced have had a spring in their neck that make them sort of pains in the neck!  I’m not sure how Dorbz has gotten away without making their noggins mobile but I am glad they did!

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the figures themselves are pretty standard with no articulation or fancy paint jobs.  Their major draw might be in their simplicity.  Each Marvel hero sports a squinty-eyed ear to ear smile and bowling pin type body with tiny feet.  While this series may not be for everyone some of the figures are really hilarious and too good to ignore.  Who has seen the smiley Ghost Rider?  There is a Red Hulk exclusive that runs a pretty penny – but since that character sucks there is no real reason to pay a premium for him.  All in all, this is a niche series of figures – worth the $8 for the fancy window boxed Jade Giant.

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Look at this beauty!  With her favorite and mine...

Look at this beauty! With her favorite and mine…

A Woman’s Work is Never Done: A Year of Cringe-Worthy Hulk Moments – Week 6

Let’s have a little fun and discuss some of the more graphic, violent, sad, or just plain awkward moments that have plastered the Hulk history.  Be it a passing meeting between spouses of a gruesome scene that nobody saw coming – this year I’ll have you squirming in your seat!

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There have been lots of horrendous things that happen to the people that surround the Hulk.  Sometimes you wonder why people would keep company with the Green Goliath.  Yet, the Hulk always seems to find the company to keep.  Such is the case of Kate Waynseboro – a SHIELD agent who found herself falling for the Hulk.  As I mentioned though, keeping the Hulk’s company is going to catch up with you.

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Kate’s history keeping the company of the Hulk was hugely rocky and in one instance she found herself abducted by the Abomination for AIM and then turned into… wait for it… a freakin’ female MODOK!  Could you imagine anything worse than being mutated into just a giant, blob of a head?  Thankfully, it is short-lived – but still jarring when Ms. MODOK was revealed!

Hulk Appearances Volume #2: Cage #9/10

I have a theory.  It may not be totally accurate but since there is no way to really prove or disprove this theory I am freely going to declare it.  The past few years, reading the new Hulk issues hitting the stands left me with a vacant feeling that did not fuel me to write this blog on a consistent basis.  Instead of continuing to purchase new issues I’ve decided to dip into my long boxes and discuss some of the rarer Hulk appearances that don’t get discussed very often… if ever.  Today, it’s that 90’s gem Cage #9 & #10.

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Luke’s been set up.  So has the Rhino.  They’ve been set up for murder by some glorified prison guards with technology that they shouldn’t have.  The Hulk has been alerted of the situation by Delphi (the Pantheon’s very own precog – except this one will not be kidnapped by Tom Cruise) as she spins some nonsensical, Nostradamus type stances.

When the Hulk arrives he catches up with Luke Cage, who has managed to keep the Rhino from ditching town by telling him to give him some time to redeem both their names.  The Hulk, not trying to embarrass Cage too much, doesn’t completely destroy him in the city-wide brawl they have but at the same time has a bout of bad luck with flooding underground tunnels.

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Sure enough, Luke allows the corrupt guard, named Pascal, to spill the beans about his plans to create his own set of super-cops… as well as admitting, on a live newscast, that he in fact killed the guard.  Not the Rhino – not the Hero for Hire – and gets them both acquitted.  Unfortunately, the Rhino was under arrest when our story began and even though he was pardoned of the murder he still needs to serve his original sentence.  The Rhino isn’t very happy about this – and as he gets ready to trounce Luke Cage an intervening from the Jade Giant keeps the Rhino in his place.

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While we are dealing with the merged Hulk in this issue we are still given a classic “Thunerclap” moment – as well an appearance from the Pantheon.  My favorite classic Hulk bit has to be the recall from Luke Cage that the Jade Giant used to call him “Fuzzy Hair”.  Not a bad set of issues – if you see them I suggest picking them up.

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Thunder Clap Yes!
Mind Control No
Funny Nickname Yes!
Hero vs. Hero Yes!
“Hulk Smash!” No