The entire 2008 Red Hulk series centered around trying to keep readers interested in finding out the identity of the new Hulk. At first, with the teaser posters Marvel was releasing of the Totally Awesome Hulk, blacking out the Faux mo-hawked head and hand of the new Hulk, and later changing the silohetted noggin to a Thor and then Iron Fist looking head, it would seem that history was going to repeat itself. Well, today Marvel put the theories to rest and let the entire world know what they already knew… That Amedeaus Cho will helm the jade mantle.
As much as I respect Pak and his career as a Hulk writer there are a few reasons I have chosen to not pick up the “totally awesome” new series. I wonder how many of you are following suit? Bear in mind that my reasons have nothing to do with the bigoted whining I see from fan boys on the message boards when they say Disney is making the MU more diverse and PC so they made Hulk Asian. I don’t think this is a Disney directive at all – and I have no problem with anyone creating diverse characters in what we read month after month. So, if those comments appear on my site, here is your fair warning that they will be deleted.
Here are my issues – Hulk was an anomaly. Plain and simple – Hulk was created from an unforeseen happenstance that could not seem to be replicated. They said so over they early years of continuity – with countless enemies trying to create their own Hulks – and always failing. Why? Because how the Hulk came to be was never designed. Not to mention, it was always stated that Gamma Radiation affects everyone differently. That’s why Betty sprouted wings while Sterns brain grew three sizes that day.
Sure, you can point out Jenn Walters, and really I have no good response – except that it didn’t change her exactly the same either. Of course, her change came right from the blood stream of Banner – so there is that.
Even so, after Duggan spent the better part of a year cleaning the mess that Quesada and Loeb created of the Hulk Universe, we’re now seeing the same stunt being repeated that began the problems in the first place. We’re being thrown out of the fire and into the frying pan. That’s why I for one will not be along for this ride. No matter how many times Pak will try to reassure readers how fun this new take will be I just can’t muster enough interest to devote my time to reading a series that is obviously meant to appeal to new readers and alienate the faithful. Sorry to say, I am done.
I came across a few Hulk prints that were printed on canvases. The smallest (the cover to #102) was found at WalMart, given to me by a friend who actually shops at that horrible big box store. It is quite small too – it’s about the size of the Catcher in the Rye paperback I was given in school to read.
The next two were found at Hobby Lobby that were being clearanced out. The original retail for the largest was $60 which I thought was way too much. I just couldn’t see myself paying that much for a mass produced piece of art – but 70% off made the purchase a no brainer!
Also, the smaller was on clearance but I can’t remember the price. It’s made to look scratched up – giving it a sort of antique look I’m guessing – but I’m not as much of a fan of the look on the art here. Either way, when I am done remodeling the Hulk room these three pieces will make it on the wall. Pics will follow!
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Tagged 2015, Hulk Art
There is quite a bit I need to update on this site, I know it to be true, but with two kids I hardly have time to post! Many of you who follow this blog know that long hiatuses are common place. It’s not that I want them to be – it’s just how it is for now. I spent this year’s Free Comic Book Day in New Jersey helping my good friend Corry Brown handle the crowds at his shop, Zapp Comics, where he had a huge crowd lined up before the doors even opened up.
He had a talented man named Nick Justus doing free sketches and I asked him for a Captain America for my daughter. When he handed it over I was floored at the quality of his work! Remind me to get a shot of that Cap to show you guys – my daughter is sleeping right now so I’m not going to risk waking her up – but then I asked him to draw me a Hulk. He agreed and delivered a Buscema inspired raging Hulk! Nick was able to capture the anger of the Hulk in a way that I’ve not seen some Hulk artists do! Look him up and friend him on Facebook! He’s worth knowing! Talented and super friendly guy!
Well, my summer has flown by. So sorry this site has taken a hiatus – but at this point some of you readers are used to it! Anyways, while reading Marvel’s The End these past week I was in for a hilarious treat when reading the final issue of this Starlin mini-series. After Thanos had, once again, achieved God-like status, this time more power than he has ever acquired before, the Hulk welcomed him into this state by hauling off and nailing him right in the naughty beans.
A classic moment from our favorite emerald giant!
Zapp Comics – the best comic shop that New Jersey has to offer – also does a regular podcast. If you’ve never listened to it then do yourself a favor and download an episode tonight! Like, literally after you read this sentence, download an episode! Why not start with the episode I was asked to appear on to discuss the brilliant Planet Hulk series! So much fun – hopefully we’ll do it again real soon!
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Another fun piece given to me on my birthday. I remember my favorite Hulk walkie talkies were the 2003 release of the full figure of the Hulk – but these are really cool too. The sculpted Hulk heads and paint application make these toys worth picking up. It always means more when you are given pieces by your loved ones – and my daughter was so excited to give them to me because she wants to use them! This is what childhood is all about – getting excited for toys that we adults know will not work very well.
They talk about all the early renditions of the Hulk – but then fail to recognize all the Hulk personalities… Which they should have included if they are going to put the Hulk and Joe Fixit on the same list!