Let’s have a little fun and discuss some of the more graphic, violent, sad, or just plain awkward moments that have plastered the Hulk history. Be it a passing meeting between spouses of a gruesome scene that nobody saw coming – this year I’ll have you squirming in your seat!
McFarlan’e first issue was pretty memorable for a few reasons – least likely because of Gen Ross’ death. That’s probably because Ross got better… and then worse… and then red. There was also a creepy little mass jumping from head to head, taking over individual’s bodies. Usually seen as a dark shadow – until we finally see the grotesque, pink, slimy little bastard like a poor man’s Kraang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Well, a cross between Kraang and an evil old man with tentacles and tiny hairs sticking out of it’s body. Holy hell, this thing is nasty…
Here’s the thing – I had the idea for this commission about 3 or 4 years ago. I hadn’t seen this done yet by anyone and wanted to try to put this together by two talented artists. But, unfortunately, as I only attend Comic Cons on the least busy day (meaning Sunday) the two artists who I wanted to tackle this idea – Matt Fletcher and Chris Uminga – their commission lists were usually already filled to capacity. It took me years of asking and then finally compromise to let them take it home and bring this vision to life. What I wanted what a simple but fantastic homage to one of the greatest comic strip ever – The Peanuts – with Hulk characters.
Four years ago when I had thought of this idea – I hadn’t seen this done yet. Since then I have seen a few – but this is my favorite. Well, of course it is, because this one is mine! Matt Fletcher handled the task of drawing Doc Samson while Uminga drew the Hulk. Doc Samson’s look is priceless and Doc’s booth is just perfect! I was so psyched to get this piece finally – it took a little while but when the final product looks like this – the wait is always worth it!
This is the latest Bowen Statue I picked up. If you read my blog at all then you know I am a bargain shopper and I was able to talk the owner of one of my LCS into trading this to me for some unwanted pieces in my own collection – and a little extra. So, in other words, I got this for a song.
Bowen has been making Marvel collectibles for over two decades. His pieces are easily the most accurate and amazing portrayals of the comic characters we all love. The busts and statues look as though they have just straight off the pages of our favorite funny books and a 3-D version landed right on our shelves. I proudly have every Hulk related Bowen piece – but could not believe my eyes when he announced that he was creating a FS (that’s Full Statue for the non-collector) of one of Hulk’s oldest frenemies. Doc Samson started out in the comics in The Incredible Hulk #141 as a man who created a cure for the Hulk – and even helped Banner be rid of the Hulk once and for all. But Samson’s ego proved too fragile as he had to expose himself to gamma rays to see if he could turn himself into a super-strong version of himself. Banner could not take the attention that Betty was showing to the new and improved Samson – so after another quick dose of gamma – a battle of the ages was born. If you’re interested, read the full synopsis here.
The great thing about Bowen Designs is that you really get to see unique and rare characters that most other collectible companies would never take the time to produce. There are a few other collectors out there that know how this Samson statue came to be. It started on a forum called the Statue Forum where one of the people on the forum called Al begged and pleaded for a Samson statue. When things went south on the boards between Bowen and the people in charge (and some of the regulars) Al created a new forum for statue collectors – a site called Statue Marvels. A while later, maybe even as a thank you (and because there seemed to be a bit of interest from other collectors) Bowen finally announced he would be doing a Samson FS. I know I was one of the people ecstatic over the news. I mean, we had a mini-bust – but a full sized statue? I never thought I’d see the day!
As usual Bowen didn’t disappoint. Samson, and his long green locks, are on full display on this statue masterpiece. Every detail, including the lightning bolt shirt, the yellow boots and the tough-guy mugging. As usual, the base is very similar to the other Hulk statues – that way displaying the characters together makes it look better – more aesthetically pleasing. I feel as though this is one of the things that really sets Bowen Designs apart from the other collectible companies – of which there are many now – and mostly due to Bowen getting the ball rolling. It seems as though a lot of forethought goes into the design and idea of how these statues may be displayed. This is certainly one for the ages! Pick it up today! Grade A-
I was lucky enough to get one – ONE – detolf before IKEA took them out of their inventory – and then put them back on at a slightly higher price. I was given this as a present for my birthday from my sister. Still one of the best gifts ever! I figured I would give you a shelf by shelf look… mostly. This image above is the Hulk foes shelf – Bowen has given us the widest range of characters I think any high end collectible company will give us. I would drop down from shock to see anyone else give us a Bi-Beast – never mind a mind-blowing fantastic sculpt like the one we were given! Just to lay it out you see here:
- Absorbing Man
- Doc Samson
- Ring Master
- and Dormammu
Second self is dedicated to one of the best Bowen statues to be released ever (yeah – I went there). One of the most underrated pieces for sure – the Abomination is one of the truest representations of the Gamma-Spawned monster ever to be done. Behind him is the now defunct Blockbuster Video’s exclusive print of the first cover appearance of the Abomination that was released with the 2008 movie. Also, a reprint of Silver Surfer #12 under the title Fantasy Masterpieces.
Third shelf is my ode to the best two Hulk villains – the Abomination and the Leader. You see both character busts from Bowen – and also the Dynamic Forces Leader bust (another underrated piece). Also a custom Leader Mego figure. The last piece is the Keown inspired Dynamic Forces Hulk statue – while small is stature a great piece!
Last level just has the Marvel Legos so I didn’t take a shot – but I hope you enjoyed the view!
Posted in Doc Samson, Hulk Room, Hulk Statue/Bust, The Abomination, The Leader, Wendigo
Tagged Bi-Beast, Bowen Statue, Constrictor, Doc Samson, Mego, The Abomination, The Leader
MU's Doc Samson
Alright – here is the other new release from MU. I have this week of posts planned out, and yes, I will make sure I post the review for the new Hulks issue by the end of this week, but I want to make sure to show off the new MU figures first. Seeing as the new wave is just hitting the shelves and wave 11 hardly made an appearance these figures are still a novelty to see.
There's the guy who almost stole Betty away!
The best thing about the Samson figure? The little base that the figure comes with says “Sampson”. That’s right – they spelled the name of their own character wrong! And while we’re on the subject of these bases – WTF? The figures now come with just bases? I know the cards/SHEILD file was cheesy – but at least it was something! And now that they are trying to raise the prices on these figures – the absence of the sparingly simple extras is insulting!
One of these are for Steve Yarish - One of them is mine!
If Marvel expects fans to pay this much for these figures – we should get something worth our money – the WWH is an outstanding figure – but even I have a hard time justifying a $10 price tag for it. This figure is mediocre at best. But good luck to all who wants one!
I am a bit spent of doing all these reviews! I just want to show some Hulk records or glasses or something! But if I slip on one review then I will start getting backed up because there is a Hulk comic coming out practically EVERY week! And the kicker is – they are starting to get really good too!
Hulk #18 - McGuiness Santa Hulk Variant
I am going to start this review with the fact that, while reading this issue, I had to flip to the back a few times, at the very least three times, to check that this issue was actually written by Loeb. The reason? I actually liked it… a lot. I liked it so much, I was enjoying it so much, that I was in shock it was written by Loeb! Not only that – Portacio’s art is a welcome change from McGuinness’ cartoony, overly bulky Hulk! Don’t get me wrong – I like Ed’s work – but I like other artists better. This issue bums me out a bit because I missed out on getting a commission from Portacio at the early ’09 Con. Missed out might be the wrong word – I had the rare, unpleasant experience with Whilce and his wife – as they gave my commission away to another person, right in front of me. Then, they tried to pawn off another piece – not as nice – to me. It was really unfortunate. I’ve heard Whilce and his wife are wonderful to work with. Like I stated, my incident with them was rare. Maybe someday in the future I can get another shot at a piece from him…
Samson loves bondage!
Alright, let’s get into it! I will try to go through this issue pretty quickly – only because I’m getting a little sick of doing these reviews and have some cool Hulk items to show off! This issue focuses on Samson – and his history with the Hulk, and his involvement with the new Red Hulk. The psychiatrist on the couch talks through his father’s practice – and what a man-whore he was – and the shrink keeps walking on egg shells – trying not to upset Samson too much – but he also discusses his first encounter with the Hulk – the technology he, as a simple psychiatrist, had access to. How did he get such amazing technology? Where did it come from? Who was he aligned with from the very beginning?
Samson taking on the Hulk - Biggety BAM!
I’m telling you – this issue was real good! It ends in the essence of Peter David with Samson’s personalities all fought for ultimate power! The end has M.O.D.O.C.K. saying Samson is ready…
Samson taking on Samson!
Wow – just freakin’ wow! Loeb wrote this? Well I guess the sun shines on a dog’s butt every once in a while. I mean, let’s not forget this man did write The Long Halloween – so he is capable of a good story. It’s just good to see him use it on the Hulk title for a change. Grade: A-
Other McG variant
Here’s another cover without Samson’s calling card shirt! WTF? But notice, he’s also teamed up with She Hulk… again… these two always seems to fight together against a common cause. I mean – let’s get this straight – She-Hulk has always been written as a sexy character – but I would not be able to get past the green skin. It’s like that lady who was attacked by the pet chimp that was on Oprah this week – I wouldn’t be able to have a conversation with her that didn’t start with “OHMYGODWHATHAPPENEDTOYOURFACE!”