I didn’t really start collecting the Hulk till long into my teens. As a kid I was always more a He-Man collector. I had a few Hulk things from when I was young. Most notably the Hulk Halloween bucket. I didn’t even own a Hulk Comic till I was 15. My first Hulk Comic was #343 – part of the “Ground Zero” story. In those days Image was just starting up and most people’s focus was on that… and then of course Superman died… so that was a big deal. I started seriously collecting comics when I was a senior in High School. Always picking up the Hulk, but more caught up in the Image movement. I randomly picked up the Keown back issue here and there – the regular Hulk artist at that time was Gary Frank (who is not my favorite – made the Hulk look too clean and not enough like a monster. Like a green male model, really) So the new comics didn’t hold my interest as much as the back issues I was collecting were. Then I graduated High School and didn’t have a job – so… I had no money. No money meant no comics.
Around 1996 I started working at Toys R Us part time with a bunch of my friends who worked there. It was soon after that I met my friend Corry. He was into comics more than anyone I’d ever met in my life. The New England Comics had closed down in Plymouth (the rumor was that the manager took really old back issues, sold them, and pocketed the money for himself. How Scandalous!) So Corry told me that the New England Comics in Brockton, MA was the shop he went to. My friend Bill, Corry and I went and my love for comics was born all over again. It was not only a good time to get into the comics, but a new animated cartoonhad started up on UPN so toys were popping up everywhere. I started getting into collecting the toys and comics with a vengeance. I knew when the shipments were coming in, what was short-packed, how much things were going for, what they were valued at… I was always at a Comic shop or convention and toy stores all over, I was a maniac. Again, this was about the time that McFarlane came out with his first toy line.
Out of everything I was collecting, and there was alot, I mostly enjoyed the Hulk memorabilia. He was the only character that I didn’t just collect the toys. I had Hulk everything. Hulk mugs, Hulk posters, Hulk figures, Hulk comics, Hulk glasses, and after months of putting money down – a Hulk Transformations Statue. I had a Hulk Shrine in my room. I loved the character, remembered him from my childhood, and didn’t connect with anything else, not even the old vintage He-Man line, like I did with the Hulk. I watched the videos all the time, woke up early on Saturdays just to catch the show on UPN, caught re-runs of the old T.V. show. It was heaven.
The more stuff I collected, the more stuff I wanted. People ask what my favorite part of the collection is… well, I love the vintage stuff like the MEGO Hulks and all of my original art from creators – today I have a vast collection that I proudly display here. I will continue to post until I have no more days to live – or until I reach capacity on the picture memory. I get more Hulk stuff almost everyday and drive my wife a little crazy but she knows she didn’t just marry me – but the Hulk as well! I display different parts of my collection at my local Library every year and the little boys especially, can’t wait for it to come back! I must thank my friends and family as well who keep me, not just informed, but also, loaded with Hulk stuff as they see something Hulk and usually get it for me.
My top 5 favorite Hulk artists:
- Herb Trimpe
- Sam Kieth
- Sal Buscema
- Adam Kubert
- John Byrne
My top 5 LEAST favorite Hulk artists
- Angel Medina
- John Romita Jr.
- Liam Sharp
- Javier Pulido
- Jae Lee
My top 5 favorite Hulk writers:
- Stan Lee
- Peter David
- Steve Englehart
- Len Wein
- Greg Pak
My top 5 LEAST favorite Hulk writers:
- Jeph Loeb
- Jeph Loeb
- Jeph Loeb
- Jason Aaron
- Bruce Jones
Top 5 Hulk “Grails” I will one day add to the collection!
- Bowen Bronze Hulk Statue with Bruce Banner Bust
- Gottliebs Hulk Pinball Game
- Mego Stretch Hulk
- Herb Trimpe Published Page
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