Hulk apparently only ranks #8 but they did not grade “powerful” in the same way Wizard used to mean powerful. They factored in things like Bankability, Design, Originality and Personality. Hulk still only ranked #8.
A sidebar also gives us a silly ranking of which superheroes would be the worst roommates. Hulk excelled at that:
Peter David, as his time as the epic Hulk writer, like to push the envelope. None was so obvious when he decided to write about the age old question: If you had a chance to kill Hitler before he became Hitler, would you?
A boy that would grow up to bring about a new genocide was targeted by the Pantheon. Aggy, in all his brilliance, sends Achilles to kill this boy before he can grow up to be an A-Hole but also sends the Hulk to protect him? Sort of?
Well all the good that does because it turns out in the end that David wrote in a fail safe ending. The boy dies but no one kills him. Wait – that’s wrong – a lot of people kill him. Actually, they don’t even kill him – and he’s not even the real bad guy. Listen, it’s a lot to explain but just read the issue and see this little boy almost get trampled to death. Man, Peter David must be a hoot at kid’s birthday parties!
We’ve all had tumultuous relationships – times when we were with someone who we just shouldn’t be with. You never had conversations – you had shouting matches. You didn’t have fight – you had all out brawls. These toxic relationships are a curse without a clear way out. We were privy to this kind of relationship in the pages of the Hulk when Joe Fixit was dating Marlo. She loved him, she hated him, he didn’t care for her… until he finally did and by then… it was too late.
When Fixit fights off Werewolf by Night and saves Marlo’s life he also realizes that she loves him. But not him.She loves the him who he is not. Does that make sense? Read it again and get back to me.
She loves the humanity of Fixit – the Banner side of Hulk. The side that Fixit hates. He realizes can’t depend on anyone or anything – it reminds me of the end of Heat with Robert DeNiro where he walks away from his girl because that’s what he HAD to do.
In today’s racially charged climate I can’t imagine this story going over very well – but back in the 90’s Peter David decided to throw caution to the wind and let the Hulk play baseball… in blackface.
The Hulk was hiding in plain sight. Banner couldn’t really play baseball wrapped in bandages (which was what he was using when this issue begins) so he and Betty use the next best thing… make up. What covers green better and easier? That would be Hulk in blackface. Maybe Peter David was trying to see what kind of trouble he could stir up (although the issue came and went without much fanfare or criticism) or maybe he really saw nothing wrong with this story at all – either way we are left with a Hulk issue in the mythos that should make even the most fervent Hulk fan’s face turn red with embarrassment.
Who would have guessed that Kid N Play would have made it to issue #9? I mean, let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to keep up with the exploits of the ultimate 90’s rap duo Kid N Play? Those House Party movies took years in between so we needed a monthly update!
Unfortunately, the Hulk didn’t really have a run in with the authors of such classics as Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody, Gittin Funky and Can You Dig That?, they had some funky pizza that made them hallucinate. Now, any comic collector worth his salt in long boxes would know that truly rare comics, the hardest issues to get, are actually the last few issues of a run. Especially a pretty unpopular run – like this was – so if you are lucky enough to find this issue consider yourself lucky. They aren’t easy to find and there aren’t many out there at all!
|Hero vs. Hero
Since I’m such a nice guy – and I don’t get to blog as much as I’d like to but I still have loyal readers – I will tell you this: I have an extra copy of this super rare comic. I know it’s not really worth that much – but that’s besides the point. Here’s what I am going to do – I will give a chance to own my extra copy to anyone who comments on this post asking to be in the raffle. I will draw the name and then let the winner know here. I will draw the name on Halloween Day – so if you’d like it just let me know! Good luck all!
Another week of cringe inducing Hulk moments – What could it be this week? Sure enough, a scary Hulk storyline that I was not sure how he would prevail.
The Madman had poisoned the Hulk and he was going to die. Every issue was another battle without an answer or, at the very least, a cure. He continued to get weaker and weaker and waste away. By issue #364, the conclusion to Countdown, the Hulk was grotesquely skinny with only hours to live.
Minutes before death the Hulk still had to battle against Madman. If you haven’t read this great piece of Hulk history I won’t ruin the outcome but let’s just say, it’s a nail biter right to the bitter end!
It is a rarity to have variants from two different sets right on top of each other like this but the latest Marvel Legends Abomination figures have been released – so let’s see which figure is worth the bucks!
There is a Build-A-Figure in the latest Captain America Marvel Legends wave and it is pretty impressive. This classic inspired sculpt is large, bulky and amazingly well done. In the same breath Marvel also released a San Diego Comic Con exclusive Abomination in “The Raft” set along with Dreadknight, Enchantress, Purple Man, Sandman and, of course, a Spidey figure as well. Which one is better? Well, oddly it is the figure with a less detailed paint scheme. While the BAF is very cool looking and I appreciate the fact that they tried to give the Abomination a distinct look it isn’t one we’ve ever seen portrayed in the comics. The lighter paint on the belly, face, hands and feet certainly gives it a more reptilian look – which lends itself to a more obvious presence – but it just doesn’t scream out Abomination!
The exclusive, which is darker without much paint variation at all, is the better of the two figures. Even the lighter color on the nails – unlike the black nails on the BAF – looks better! From there, the toys have very little difference. I am shocked that both figures are relatively affordable on the secondary market right now. The better figure of the two, the exclusive, is the less expensive one as well. If you’re looking to just pick up one of them I throw my hat into the ring for the exclusive all the way!
Now, the other question is: How do these Abominations compare to Marvel’s earlier releases? The 2006 Abomination is larger by a hair, which makes the difference of being a bit taller than the Hulk – as he is supposed to be! You also have the option to form his claws into fists – a detail lacking in the most recent offering – not to mention the obvious articulation is far superior. It also has a variant that cannot compare – a “melted face” version (pictured) that every Hulk fan out there should have on their “must own list”. While I enjoy the face sculpt a bit more on the recent figure and I feel the old head mold is a bit too small for the humongous hulking body the truth is that the 2006 Abomination is easily the better figure.
What about the Marvel Select Abomination, you ask – well, as big and heavy and impressive as that figure is the oversight of including a five toed foot rather than the trademark humongous two toed clawed feet. That ONE reason alone disqualifies the figure from the running of best Abomination figure. Sad but true because otherwise that would be the tops!