Monthly Archives: February 2009

Ummm… Part 29

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Notice it’s five against one?  Pathetic…

New York Comic Con Pics!

Let me put it out there first… I was not there – I couldn’t make it.  But I have seen a few pics thanks to statueforum.com and statuemarvels.com that I thought I’d show – mainly just Hulk stuff that we can look forward to.  So, let’s get started:
Mighty Muggs Custon Hulk

Mighty Muggs Custom Hulk

Here’s a custom Mighty Muggs Hulk – I hate to say it but I don’t think MM would’ve been a hit if this is how they looked.  Obviously this guy has a darker – more realistic paint job and loooooonger legs.  I like the idea of the ripped shirt and the expression on his face is priceless – but all in all – I’ll keep my original.  Here’s a custom Cyclops with a Fruit Roll- Up sticking out of his visor:

Hungry War Machine?  It is CHERRY FLAVORED!

Hungry War Machine? It is CHERRY FLAVORED!

Moving on to some upcoming Mini-Mates packs:

Marvel Heroes 4-Pack

Marvel Heroes 4-Pack

Marvel Heroes – to the Rescue!  We have Spiderman, Wolverine, Cap and Hulk!  The 4 greats of the Marvel Universe.  We should be seeing this around May… as well as:

Some cool Marvel Characters - and a dorky red one...

Some cool Marvel Characters - and a dorky red one...

What looks like a few two packs including Skaar and Ru… Ru… I just can’t even say it anymore.  Ugh.  Let’s just call him the Crimson Fool!  Lastly, I have a couple pics of a Hulk costume – I was going to make a new Ummm… post for this, because it fits in perfectly, but I just thought I’d slip it in here at the end – hope it doesn’t cause anyone nightmares:

Scary as Hell Hulk

Scary as Hell Hulk

Auuuurrrrrgggh!  Someone put Hulk out of his misery!

Auuuurrrrrgggh! Someone put Hulk out of his misery!

Marvel Heroes Figures and Stickers (2008)

Sorry it is blurry - these guys were a pain to photograph

Sorry it is blurry - these guys were a pain to photograph

When these first appeared on the shelves I was pretty certain I would be able to easily identify which packages contained the Hulk.  Well, I was wrong.  Really, really wrong.  About 30 packs later I had a ton of figures – none of them Hulk and more and more frustration.  I kept picking up Daredevils because he’s HUGE!  Not to mention way out of scale with all the other heroes.  Check it out:

Why is DD so frickin big?

Why is DD so frickin big?

Don’t be fooled by DD crouching – he’s almost as tall as the other heroes and isn’t standing up straight!  Spiderman is a dwarf compared to DD – and since when is Wolvie taller then ANY of the other heroes?  Yeah, the scale is way off on these characters.  I had almost every character except for the Hulk when I decided to not spend any more money on this line.  But obviously I did not stop – because I am both dedicated and a sucker – but I didn’t pick up another package.  Instead I found these boxes at Target the other day.  I decided to try my hand at finding a Hulk one more time. 

The Golden Ticket

The Golden Ticket

I picked up 2 boxes – each box comes with a 2 figures and about 52 cards – this was the last attempt at getting a Hulk.  Amazingly, this had to be my lucky day, I ended up with 2 Hulk figures!  Sorry Hulk fans – the other one is already spoken for by our ever lovin’ JG!  He’ll be shipping out this week for ya!

Found at Target

Found at Target

The bases are all pretty much the same – except the Surfer and the Goblin – they actually use their modes of transportation as the base – which is sweet!  Lastly, the card set (which I almost have them all – hoping to complete the set through a series of trades)  is full of Hulky goodness!  One point of contention – No grey Hulk stickers!  What is up with that?  He’s like the dirty little secret Marvel tries to ignore most of the time!

The Hulk stickers and cards I have so far...

The Hulk stickers and cards I have so far...

Here’s a few more pics – including all the figures except Invisible Woman – and a shot at Hulk’s backside – a blurry one because it wouldn’t come out – but notice it looks as though the Hulk is showing a little crack?  Anyways – here you go…

Boy, it is a sausage-fest in here!

Boy, it is a sausage-fest in here!

Blurry Hulk ass crack...

Blurry Hulk ass crack...

The Marvel Universe figure with the Marvel Heroes figure

The Marvel Universe figure with the Marvel Heroes figure

Wamester Commission #3 (2009)

Wamester Commission #3 - and my personal favorite!

Wamester Commission #3 - and my personal favorite!

I can’t say enough nice things about Jeff Wamester.  His work is beautiful, professional – always jaw dropping – and he’s very quick!  So, here’s an announcement/hulk collection piece.  See, there’s a story behind this piece.  First off, look at the Hulk – the figures that are in front of him.  If you can make it out – it is a woman holding a child and the Hulk is protecting them from a missile that one of the fighter jets dropped.  I mean, it may take a minute, but just look at this piece.  The jets are at the top, flying off, leaving trails of smoke behind them.  The Hulk is standing there – and if you look at his back you can tell a missile has just exploded – right at the top of his back.  Sometimes I hate scans of the work because in person you’d see the amazing detail that Jeff put into this piece!  I love art work that tells a story.  But there’s an obvious other story to tell here…

That’s right, my wife and I are having a hulkling of our very own.  Yes, it’s our first – and it may be our only because my wife is sick 24/7!  But when my wife told me there was a chance she was pregnant I immediately contacted Jeff about drawing something up for me to commemorate this moment.  I also contacted one other artist – who just told me that the commission is on it’s way.  Each piece is so different and I can’t wait to get them up in the nursery.  I don’t know what I am having yet – but I will let you know 🙂 – One more thing – one of the colorists that enjoy Wamester’s work saw this piece and asked if he could color it up.  I don’t remember the name – sorry – if Jeff reads this and wants to leave his name in the comments – please do – but it’s a really, really decent colorization:

It's called a Baby Boom!

It's called a Baby Boom!

Not sure what the woman and child are glowing – but I really like the way the backround is blurry and the light is shooting out everywhere.  There a lot of undiscovered talented guys out there – Wamester is certainly one!  I will have to get a hold of Jade Giant because I know he has 2 killer pieces that you guys would just LOVE!

X-Men vs. Hulk 1-Shot (2009) – The Review

X-Men vs. Hulk 1-Shot

X-Men vs. Hulk 1-Shot

 

Now keep in mind – I’m a huge fan of great storytelling – I really like Claremont – and I’m not opposed to seeing the Hulk actually get beaten in a fight – in fact, if written well – I would love to see it!  But this is not the case with the comic book right here.  Let’s begin, shall we?

Alright, first off we have Storm and Night Crawler asking Logan if it’s a good idea to test the newbies against the Hulk.  The answer, of course, is no – but we join Colossus enjoying a nature walk and… drawing bears.  Drawing bears?  Yeah – drawing bears.  Soon, Kitty Pride and Lockheed join him.  Out of nowhere the Hulk jumps down, ready to fight.  Colossus and the Hulk trade a few blows – Col. mentions how shocked he is that the Hulk isn’t even phased by his hits.  Hulk tosses Col. and Kitty comes to his rescue.  Hulk says he won’t fight a girl – but then Lockheed comes and breathes fire all over the Hulk – and the last time I checked – fire really doesn’t affect the Hulk – let’s remember, even on Sakaar – a weakened Hulk, mind you, jumped into Liquid Magma – but Lockheed’s fire makes the Hulk scream like a little b!tch.

Hulk swats away the little dragon and jumps off.  Kitty cries about Lockheed and Col. goes to find the Hulk.  When he does find him the Hulk is sitting by the edge of a river.  Col. stupidly thinks he can beat the Hulk at this moment.  They fight again and Col. tosses the Hulk by his feet into the side of a mountain.  Col. thinks he knocked the Hulk out – but at the last moment the Hulk jumps up and knocks the Col. into… ready?  Quicksand.  Quicksand?  Yes, Quicksand.  Apparently we’ve been transported into a bad Threes Company episode.  Hulk waits till Col. goes totally under and then pulls him out.  They make up – and Banner goes on his way.  After rejoining Storm, Logan and Nightcrawler, Logan lets them know it was a test – and Col. knocks Wolverine to the ground with one punch.

So, what did I think?  I think the art was terrible.  I can’t pick out a page that I even remotely liked.  The story was pretty silly and kind of a waste.  Grade: D+ And before you ask – the D+ is because they also reprint X-Men #66 in the back – which is awesome!  I hadn’t read it before – great story.

I would buy my ticket now…

hulk-wolvie-poster

Some talented fellow who posts on Hulkspace took the Wolverine Teaser Poster and an image of the Hulk and made this great dream project!  Marvel!  Take notice!  Get this in production!

Hulk Head Bank (1991)

1991 Hulk Head Bank

1991 Hulk Head Bank

I should never promise to post something – because when I don’t deliver I look like a liar… I said that I would post my review of Hulk vs. X-Men 1-Shot today – but that will have to wait – I was working today came home to rip up the carpet in the Hulk room.  Everything is in total disarray and it’s a mess.  But I had this little guy to show you for a while – the pics were in my computer already so…

Hulk Head - Spock Eyebrows...

Hulk Head - Spock Eyebrows...

I have seen this bank in a few different collections – and much like when I see a delicious sandwich – I knew I had to have it!  I searched ebay for months for an affordable one but didn’t come across anything for a while.  Quick side note:  Ebay is REALLY slow right now – so go there for deals – alright, back to the bank.  Released in 1991 by Hamilton Gifts this Hulk head has a slot at the top to slip all the coins inside – but look at that face!

Such a serious look on his face...

Such a serious look on his face...

It reminds me of Kirby’s original Hulk – large brow and flat head.  I love this bank!  It has a classic look – and any Hulk fans out there that doesn’t have this needs to get one.  Especially since this year we will pretty much be Hulk deprived this year.  We have a few Hulk items coming out – but nothing like 2008 – in which us Hulk fans got spoiled!  But hey, oh well…

So, yeah – I will post that review this week – but I guess it’s not really a rush since we are not going to see the Hulk comic this month…