So, my new quest of trying to collect at least one page from EVERY Hulk artist is really going well – although, I hate to say it, I was just outbid for another Purves page that I wanted. I put in a bid that I thought was more than I actually wanted to pay – and still got outbid! WTF? Some collector’s out there are only doing the hobby a disservice when they keep paying outrageous prices for things. But let’s get back to a page I actually DID get – and it’s from one of the artists that I adore – Mike Deodato Jr. – and the page is phenomenal!
Deodato has graced the pages of the Hulk in two eras – once, while PD was on the book and the Hulk was separated from Banner – but then he changed his style – refined his art and became one of the most impressive artists to ever grace the Hulk title! I was psyched to find this page on ebay – and for such a reasonable price!
This is the page where the Abomination asks the Hulk if he ever thought about how Betty felt while she was dying – and as you can tell – the Hulk did not take that very well! I love the 3 panels that show the Hulk going from sad – to angry – to angrier! and then the bottom of the page serves up quite the sight of the Hulk slamming his fists into the Abomination so hard – it sends Emil flying! Awesome!
Here is one of the rare occasions that they show the Hulk’s eyes red. Sometimes, when the Hulk gets angry enough – his eyes seem to go blood red! The original page doesn’t show that of course – but what it does show is the amazing detail that Deodato adds to his art!