Monthly Archives: September 2009

Check this out…

I’m sticking with Ross as the Red Hulk – and completely yawning my way through the reveal – but here’s a different point of view – I don’t agree with his assessment – but it’s fun to read anyways.  Click on Clay above…

A Week of the Thing – Giant Sized Superstars #1

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This is a tough comic to find.  This is also the ONLY Giant Sized Superstars issue to ever come out – the title was changed to Giant Sized Fantastic Four after this… this is a classic Rich Buckler drawn issue.  Pick this issue up when you can – but take a look at this cover!  The Thing is actually whopping Hulk’s butt!  What?!?  But this is a really fun issue – take a look here for a closer look inside.

A Week of the Thing – The Thing #3

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This has got to be a for sure comic to seek out – there’s the Hulk, the merged Hulk, Fixit, Maestro and… is that the clown Hulk?  From issue #3?  Did they run out of Hulk personalities that quickly?    Anyways, sweet cover for sure!

Hulk Cling (1978)

Hulk Cling

Hulk Cling

Alright, this was found at a comic shop – it was on the wall, hanging there for years probably, I pointed it out and asked how much.  The guy behind the register chuckled a bit and said “Oh man, I don’t know.  It’s a stupid little Hulk toy thing.  I don’t even know where it came from.  How about 2 bucks?”  I totally would have paid $3.00 for it!  So I feel like I got a deal!  It’s a bit dirty – and ripping on the chest – but this little guy has been ignored for too long – now he has a nice home with all of the other Hulk stuff in my room.  It was almost like the ending to Harry and the Hendersons.  I’ll tell you – I cried a little.

Side View

Side View

Variants…

I’d like to hear some opinions on this – I have my beliefs of what a true variant is – but in the spirit of creating a checklist for the Hulk fans I need your advice.  There are certainly variant comics which feature a brand new cover – but I have been faced with a few “variant” comics that I’m not so sure are actually worth posting…

For instance – do you consider the following actual variants?

  • Price Changes (for example: TIH #212-216 have a 35 cent variant)
  • Reprints (When a comic comes with an action figure – like the ML line)
  • Different Language Comics (like the German #181 that is all over ebay)

I mean, I’ve started to add 2nd prints and such – but are these others actually considered variants?  Check out what this guy thinks too: http://mysite.verizon.net/psmerolle/35variantlist.htm

Would you bother seeking these out to complete a collection?  Or do you consider a collection complete without them?  Let me know what you guys think!  Thanks! – Ratchet

A Week of the Thing – Fantastic Four #12

The funny thing about this pair up is – even from conception they knew who was going to be the stronger one!  Yet, this match up is one of the most frequented and revered by Hulk fans!  The only time the Thing actually had an upper hand was in FF #320 – which we’ll maybe see later… I do have this issue – believe it or not – just haven’t gotten around to showing it off yet.  It was one of those bad ebay transactions – come to think of it – I’ll make sure I will post it in the future because it’s a pretty good story…

And just for fun – No one re-creates a Marvel cover like Hembeck!

Fantastic Four: Nightmare in Green – The Review

Fantastic Four - Season 1

Fantastic Four - Season 1

I was able to catch this episode this morning – I was psyched because I heard about how good this was.  No worries, I did think it was good too – especially with how many cameo appearances there were.  But let’s get into what this episode was about. 

Hulk - handing Thing's ass to him

Hulk - handing Thing's ass to him

First off – Alicia and Thing are sitting in the park discussing the latest issue of Cat Fancy… wait, no that was me – sorry – they were talking about Reed creating a cure for Grimm and having a Dr. Banner coming in to help him.  Some purse nappers with impeccable timing steal Alicia’s purse.  As Thing catches up to them and the crooks begin to squeal like little girls it catches the attention of the Hulk and he leaps into action.  The Thing and the Hulk begin to battle – although… it’s more like the Hulk hands the Thing his rocky ass. (Note that the Hulk wears purple pants during the fight – but suddenly is wearing blue when he jumps away)  It only ends after Alicia comes and asks the Hulk to stop.  We also see that Doom has been watching the whole time and intrigued with the powerful Hulk and thinking about using him to destroy the FF.  We also see that Rick Jones is there with Banner as they try to discover a cure for the Hulk. 

Hulk's pants go from Purple to Blue - a few times in this episode

Hulk's pants go from Purple to Blue - a few times in this episode

All the reports say the Hulk beat the heck out of Thing sending the Thing fuming around the Baxter building.  As Thing and Johnny Storm banter about the fight, Grimm finds out that Reed has actually been working on a cure for HIM.  Reed is also very sick – and as Banner and Rick Jones shows up Reed faints.  Banner gets a contraption ready to help Reed get better – meanwhile he goes back to the hotel.  As Rick drops him off he and Johnny Storm take the air cycle out for a spin.  What follows is a pretty fun, cool set of cameos including the X-Men, Juggy and it was either Spiderman – or maybe even the Scarlet Spider – take a look for yourself:

Scarlet Spider anyone?

Scarlet Spider anyone?

Doom comes to Banner’s hotel room and kidnaps him.  He brings Banner to his lair and turns him into the Hulk where he tricks the Hulk into thinking that Doom is his only friend.  He also tells him that Rick Jones has turned against him and the only way to get him back is to destroy the rest of the FF.  This time as the Hulk leaps out of  Doom’s lair  his pants turn from blue to purple… the animators obviously needed a chart to keep the issue of the Hulks pants straight.

Doom - getting a little handsy with the Hulk

Doom - getting a little handsy with the Hulk

Reed gets worse as Grimm and Johnny drop Jones off.  But Hulk arrives and starts a fight.  The Hulk takes on thing and the Torch with ease – notice Hulk’s pants are BLUE again!  As Rick is ready to stop the fight Doom comes to knock Rick out.  Sue sees the report on TV and goes to join the fight.  Seeing that everyone has left Reed alone Doom goes to take care of business.  Sue gets to the fight to help Grimm – by turning him invisible.

How many times can the Hulk beat up the Thing without getting bored?

How many times can the Hulk beat up the Thing without getting bored?

The Thing finally gets the upper hand in the fight – until Sue is knocked out of the Fantastic Car.  At that moment Doom shows up to Reed’s room (how did he get in?) to kill him – by shooting him with a Gamma Ray Gun.  Rick is there to help Reed and they throw Doom’s Gamma Gun back at him causing an explosion and knocking him out the window. 

Sue to the rescue!

Sue to the rescue!

Meanwhile Sue’s force field is the only thing stopping the Hulk from beating the heck out of the Thing.  When she falls Alicia shows up to calm the Hulk down.  But Ben, exhausted, faints.  Everyone explains to the Hulk that Rick is still his friend and the Doom is the enemy – only in time for Doom to show up to congratulate Hulk on a job well done.  As he is about the land the killing blow on the FF the Hulk attacks Doom and – even though Doom tries to escape – Hulk brings his transport down in the ocean. 

Doom gets punched in the face - YES!

Doom gets punched in the face - YES!

They all think the Thing is dead – even Reed, the genius, – but they are wrong and the Thing gets up.  Reed is fine and the Hulk and Rick Jones leave – with no one the wiser…

Pretty good episode.  I picked up the DVD set with this episode on it – found it for a pretty good price.  With the coin – certainly this is one of the better FF cartoons that has been released.  Episode: B- Whole Set: B+