The good doctor has had a complicated history with our Jade Giant. When we were introduced to Samson he was convinced he could help Banner rid himself of his curse. When he was successful he then was consumed with the idea of becoming a powerful beast like the Hulk. He dosed himself with gamma and sure enough became a powerful foe/ally for the Hulk over the years. No matter what, no matter how many battles the Hulk and Doc had it was always apparent that the green haired doctor had the Hulk’s best interests at heart. That is, until Loeb got his hands and his hack pen on the character. The unusual and unexplained duality of Samson was never explained but in the end Samson sacrificed himself to help his friend.
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #141 (1971)
- Ruy Jose
- Belardino Brabo
- Mark Deering
- Roberto Poggi
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- 1:50 Wraparound Bennet Variant
Did you ever think you’d see a Hulk comic where our favorite emerald hero would use a slab of his own melting flesh from his face and fling it onto a rando soldier just doing his evil boss’s bidding? Yeah – either did I – yet, here we are in 2019 and this is the new normal. Fortean, believing he has finally taken the Hulk down with his corrosive spittle, is taken aback when a faceless Hulk keeps coming ready to fight! As we all know, and as the Hulk reminds us here – the angrier the Hulk gets…
Things don’t get any better when even more reinforcement show up and Fortean projectile vomits all over his help. His entire team watches in horror as they see their leader truly losing his mind! Realizing that Fortean is gone Dr. McGowan announces she is taking control of Shadow Base and tells everyone to stand down. As you might imagine, Fortean does not like hearing this but continues his assault on the melty jade giant.
When the Hulk pushes his thumb right through Fortean’s eye he ends up in hell along side the likes of Bruce Banner (Joe Fixit), Samson and even Brian Banner. Fortean realizes he’s screwed up and landed himself in eternal damnation. Coming through the green door Hulk and Samson come back to the land of the living. The Hulk realizes he can now use McGowan and Shadow Base. Samson worries about what the Hulk may do and suggests he should stick around to keep an eye on him.
Back on the meteor we saw a few issues ago with an anemic Banner and a hollowed out Mr. Immortal. Metatron is clued in to the fact that Banner has destroyed Franklin Richards, Craig and even Galactus. Then, to the horror of every reader, Banner monsters out and swallows Metatron whole!
- General Fortean
- Shadow Base
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The latest Savage Dragon boasts a homage to an early Hulk cover – but with Captain Tootsie in place of Doc Samson!
Who wore it better?
Wait – was Captain Tootsie there at the original brawl?
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!
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Tagged Bi-Beast, Bowen Statue, Constrictor, Doc Samson, Mego, The Abomination, The Leader