When I picked up this early 90’s Marvel magazine it was for the gorgeous Sam Kieth cover. Especially an early Venom Sam Kieth cover! While exploring the inside articles I came across a jokey article featuring bad guys of the characters who did not exist yet. I showed them off in a Facebook video a while back but basically, it had Spider-Man (Good), Venom (Better) and Carnage (Even Better) and then a character they called Bile (Best). Iron Man, then War Machine followed by the imaginary Terror Device. Ridiculous and silly characters that would never grace the pages of an actual comic… until we get to the Hulk:
Is this where Joey Q went for his inspiration? Did he check the articles in Marvel’s own magazine, then he notices this spoof article and thought “Hey! What a great idea!” I mean, I know it’s just a re-colored Hulk 2099 – but he even uses a big gun! Red Hulk with a big gun! Seem familiar?
What was a joke in 1993 turned into a reality… what was considered a outrageously insipid idea was turned into an actual comic just 15 years later. Seems Marvel was running out of ideas and turned to their least intelligent ideas, maybe out of desperation? Who knows. I just thought it was appropriate to share seeing as there is a brand new Red Hulk running around. Any confirmation on how this Hulk was created? Was the Leader involved again?