This mag has been on the stands for over a month now and if you can still find it it’s worth the read! The exhaustive history of the Jade Giant is covered here – from his indelible take over of the Tales to Astonish title to the end of his return to his “grey” roots and his stint in Las Vegas. They also cover the animated series from the 80s and the live-action television show and it’s impact on the comic. They give us a quick grace over of the merchandising adorning the shelves back in the seventies and eighties and John “Stretch Hulk” Cimino (of Hero Envy) does a fantastic review of the early, maddening life of the Abomination.
I just finished this issue and read it cover to cover. I only wish social media was around when a few of these partnerships ended. I can imagine how Byrne would have taken to his message boards to inform his minions about how Marvel was screwing him over. Even more, I would have loved to hear, straight from either horse’s mouths, what happened between McFarlane and PD. I always find myself siding with PD on most issues – but who knows? I love the drama and I can be swayed with a convincing argument.
Pick up this issue if you see it on the shelves. For any other reason than just the sweet Herb Trimpe cover – but in fact, pick up a subscription to this mag for some fantastic articles every issue! When Wizard folded it left a huge hole in the Comic Industry Magazine section. There is nothing out there now – mainly due to the internet’s vast and readily available content with almost immediate reporting as the story breaks. The only thing I despise about the online resources is the rumors that are reported – and then debunked days later – or the overly opinionated articles (like this blog is filled with) that report a one-sided story. Back Issues fills the void – to a certain extent – and gives you some entertaining articles about this niche market.