The Leader: A Year’s Worth of Hulk First Appearances – Week 11

This year we will be delving deep into Hulk history to re-discover all the first appearances that the Hulk issues have given us over the years!  With 1st appearances being such a hot trend these days it only makes sense to highlight some of the best Hulk issues to invest in this year!  This week: The Leader!

Tales to Astonish #62 (1964)

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New One Shot by the Dream Team!

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Just announced is The Incredible Hulk: Last Call – a one shot that reunites Peter David and Dale Keown for a brand new tale with the Jade Jaws himself!

This is one story I will be sure not to miss! Click the image for more info!

Infinity War Hanging Promo (1992)

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Every once in a while when my LCS gets in collections there are hidden treasures.  While searching through the many, many new action figures they bought I caught a flash of Thanos on the bottom of the box.  I asked to see it and he pulled out a tangled mess that is this hanging mobile promo piece.  He worked it a little bit and was able to get the thing completely free.  Truly, it was a thing of beauty!  He quoted me a price that I was more than hap with and was able to take it home with me that day.  Sometimes, these pieces excite me more than the actual comics do!

Prominently featuring the Hulk in the group of heroes fighting back against Magus and Thanos. You just have to love the Infinity Stones and the hovering heroes above!  With Ron Lim art you can’t go wrong either – the whole thing is just gorgeous!  Super excited to include this piece to my collection for sure!

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Geoffrey Schleich Figure (2017)

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I miss Toys R Us.  I miss working at Toys R Us.  I was lucky enough to snag almost every Geoffrey memorabilia piece that they produced.  Schleich has always made quality products so it was nice to see this company put the toy store mascot to plastic.  What wasn’t so great was watching all of the people who came in and began buying these pieces in droves – hoping to profit off of the unfortunate circumstances that led to TRU closing down.  It truly felt like the vultures were swarming when they would ask “Do you have anything else with Geoffrey on it?”

Now I can look at this piece and reminisce about the good old days.  I miss my co-workers, my friends, many of whom I’ve kept in touch with.  And this little guy sits up proudly in my office so I can look up and think back to my time at Toys.

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Out with the Old…

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Looking back, I really wish we were able to see what Byrne had in store for the Hulk.  Milgrom was essential in shaping the Hulk we know today but his addition into the Hulk’s history came at a tumultuous time for the Hulk bullpen as Byrne’s departure was not scheduled or even welcomed.  Byrne had plans – plans we will never fully know – but Marvel had other ideas.  Ultimately, all we know is that Byrne unceremoniously left the Hulk title before he was ready and history will never be the same.

Hulk Toothbrush Keychain (2008)

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Technically, this is not a key chain at all but a “bathroom buddy” to which I gather is some sort of companion that visits the can with you.  He accompanies a Hulk toothbrush but I gave that to my son so that won’t make an appearance on this blog. I do have to say it’s tiny but impressive for it’s size.  That’s what she said.

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I mean, I don’t know about you guy but seriously – I don’t really need a buddy that hangs around the bathroom with me.  Bathroom time is better when it’s a solitary event so let’s not muddy it up with another cast member.

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Armageddon: A Year’s Worth of Hulk 1st Appearances – Week 10

This year we will be delving deep into Hulk history to re-discover all the first appearances that the Hulk issues have given us over the years!  With 1st appearances being such a hot trend these days it only makes sense to highlight some of the best Hulk issues to invest in this year!  This week: Armageddon!

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #413 (1994)

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