Monthly Archives: December 2007

Wizard # 196 is Hulk-tastic!

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Wizard #196 just hit the new-stands today – and it is filled with Hulk gems!  Not only do they interview the New Hulk Movie Director, Louis Leterrier, and Ed McGuinness on the upcoming Red Hulk comic – with an extra peek at some of his sketches (including a peek at the Abomination, who looks awesome), and while I’m still skeptical at the comic’s worthwhile-ness, these images did make me kind of excited for it next week.

Also, in the issue is a sidebar with Peter David where he and Bobbie Chase tell about Marvel’s ill conceived move to take David off the book so that they could return the comic to it’s “Hulk Smash!” roots (which Marvel failed to do, even with a revamp by Byrne, who didn’t last, and even got farther away from that idea with Bruce Jones who, while he did make the book into a hot seller, alienated the fans even more than Byrne did).  For a real David fix though, check out Hulk vs. Fin Fang Foom on the shelves today!  I will post about that in the morning, but for now I must go to bed…

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AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGHHH!!!!

No one puts baby in the corner!  And no one puts Hulk in a cage! – Well, apparently they do…  Hulk seems so upset that he’s turning back into Bruce – or in this case David – just look at his hands!

Incredible Hulk #3 (1962)

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This book came out in September of 1962.  This book is in the best shape out of the 3 (I have 3, 5, and 6) from the original 6 that I have.  Not sure if you can see it in the picture – but someone wrote OK between Hulk and the rocket.  In this issue the Hulk shows his amazing jumping abilities – which are mistaken for flying – and Thunderbolt Ross convinces Rick Jones to join the Army.  Rick doesn’t join but founds the Teen Brigade instead.  This cover reminds me of #120 where one of the soldiers is turned toward the reader and shouting something about the Hulk.  This issue, penciled by Jack Kirby, was inked by Dick Ayers and written, of course, by Stan Lee.  I just saw this comic on sale on ebay – signed by Stan Lee – but the seller wrote – “Signed by Stan ley!” in the description.  I thought that was pretty funny. 

40th Anniversary Bust (2003)

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I don’t know how you can even call this thing a bust!  It’s absolutely huge!  It’s 8″ high and 9″ wide – and Heavy!  Weighing in at around 10 pounds Hulk sits on a pile of books – picking out his favorite to read – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  There is a green version of this bust – but I opted for the grey because I think it looks so much better. 

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The green Hulk is holding the book upside- down (because the green Hulk couldn’t read).  It’s little details like that that truly make a piece special.  While the green version was limited to just 1,963 (Commemorating the year the Hulk debuted – although he debuted in ’62) the grey version is limited to 400 commemorating… I don’t know what.

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This piece was released at the same time that The Leader statue that I posted earlier was.  The Leader statue doesn’t compare – it isn’t nearly as great as this one is.  This Hulk piece goes in the top 3 statues/busts I own.  Released by Dynamic Forces.

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Metal Puzzle Keychain (2007)

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My Mother-in-law picked this up for me for Christmas.  What a sweet woman she is.  She told me she wasn’t sure if I had it or not (I did not) and she almost didn’t pick it up for me.  Then she thought that if I did have it I could always use a second one that I’d open and use.  She was totally right – I would’ve done that.  This keychain, released by Fantasma Magic, has a neat little trick puzzle with it in the form of a metal ring that you take off.  The best thing about this though, has to be the sculpt of this keychain.  Hulk in full jumping action never looked better – jacked up and ready to destroy!

Incredible Hulk #6 (1963)

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Just look at that cover!  I know, the comic is in terrible shape, but it’s freakin’ Incredible Hulk #6!  At a time when artists and writers didn’t even put their names on the cover!  Little did they know then that they would become legends.  Kirby’s style created the look and excitement to almost every flagship character for Marvel.  Stan Lee wrote stories that could grip the minds of young children all over the country.  And let’s not forget Steve Ditko (who penciled this issue) who was essential in bringing Kirby’s pencil’s to the forefront.  Is the language a little hokey now?  Sure, but who cares!  The Incredible Hulk character was already 14 when I was born and had already lived through cancellation, re-coloring, and reclaiming his own title again! 

 Every issue of the original first 6 had a new exciting change to the Hulk persona.  In this issue, you meet the Metal Master and  you also see the Teen Brigade which teen Rick Jones founded, and Bruce Banner and Betty Ross’ tumultuous relationship has it’s first big hurdle – Thunderbolt Ross finding out! 

Any Hulk fan should try to get any of the first 6 issues.  They are as important as they are works of art and amazing to see in person.  My copies aren’t the best – but it is all I can afford right now and I’m just excited to get any of them at all!  And the older they get the more expensive they will be.  These are rare, and I don’t mean “rare” like retailers mean it today, saying something’s rare just to try to sell a book, I mean, these books didn’t have a big initial printing in the first place so getting any copy now is hard – unless you have the cash.

Hulk Maquette (2007)

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This is the largest Maquette that Diamond Select has released – and even though that is true – it’s one of the smaller Hulk statues released this year standing a quaint 9 inches tall.  Scuplted by Gabriel Marquez, the face looks a whole lot better in person, although why does it seem like he’s auditioning for a Crest commercial? 

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This piece is limited to 3,000 and mine is 628.  The Marvel Select Hulk coming out in March is designed after this Hulk – and I know some people are bummed that yet another Hulk figure is coming out on the Marvel Select line – but I say – the more Hulks the better.  

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