Category Archives: Grey Hulk

Hulk Heroclix Sets (2012)

Fast Forces Hulk Heroclix

These sets just came out – and as you know I am NOT into Heroclix – but damn, if these sets aren’t just like crack for Hulk lovers!  I only bought the large 6 pack and then a long box that comes with 5 – but even with those two purchases I now have most of the Hulk universe!  With the 6-pack you receive not only the Hulk – but Thunderbolt Ross, Betty, the Abomination, the Leader and a Hulk buster.  Here’s a shot of the Hulk:

Hulk Heroclix

And with Banner:

Two sides of a coin!

In the other 5-pack I was lucky enough to snag a Rick Jones, Grey Hulk, Punisher (waitaminute!  WHAT?), Lyra and a Bruce Banner!  So I was pretty happy.  Now I can act out all those romantic scenes from the movies – and even create a few of my own from the “uncut” version of the film that’s in my head.  I mean – WHAT?  Who does that?

Rick Jones and Fixit!

Anyways, I have seen that the sets also include some characters from Planet Hulk – which is cool – some AIM soldiers (bleh) – some Hulked Out Heroes (BLEH!) but I’ve also seen a whole set of Hulks – like House of M Hulk, Cosmic Hulk, Red, War Hulk and more!  While I most likely will not be picking any of these others up – it’s certainly cool that these were made!

Closer shot of the 6 pack.

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BD’s Smackdown Hulk (Grey Version)(2007)

Bowen Grey "Smashing" Hulk

A Face of RAGE, Baby!

I wasn’t as interested in picking this one up as I was the green version – I mean, the green is just too beautiful!  They grey is nice too, it’s just that, this sculpt is absolutely perfect in green!  It practically has popped right out of the pages of the comics!  This isn’t to say the grey is not worth getting…

If the Hulk were real and you're looking at this face... it's already too late

The Foot!

In fact, I love this sculpt so much, I would even get it in red!  I know, crazy, right?  But this is Bowen’s best Hulk statue – even better than any of the Hulk’s released in 2010!  I like those Hulks, the sculpt is great, but the smackdown Hulk is just the Hulk to a tee!  Now the grey variant was limited to only 500 – making it Bowen’s rarest Hulk statue – besides the faux bronze (350) and the real bronze(100).

Uh-Oh - Stark's in Trouble!

You don't have a chance Stark!

The only Bowen Hulk statues I am missing are the ones mentioned above and the green version of the 2003 statue.  I’ve seen that one go for pretty cheap on ebay and will eventually get it – but for now I have a very special Hulk purchase to make.  One that I know Sean is snatching up as well.  I am sure JG and even Steve are picking it up as well.  When I finally post it you will see what I am talking about – it’s gorgeous!

"And your back! It's worse then your front!"

Anyways – back to this statue – I picked this one up from another poster on Statue Marvels.  If you haven’t checked out that forum, you should!  It’s a great place to see all the upcoming Bowen sculpts as well as interact with Bowen himself!

The Incredible Hulk #333 (1987) – The Review

One of my favorite covers ever - #333

One of the most surprising issues I have ever read.  I first saw this issue back in 1991 – the mall near me had a small kiosk that sold baseball cards, comics and, oddly enough, sunglasses.  They had about 40 comics in a few 3-ring binders for easy browsing – but this is the issue I always stopped at.  Before my love affair with the Hulk even started I wanted this comic – because the Hulk I knew and the Hulk on this cover were 2 sides of the spectrum.  They couldn’t be further from different if they tried.  I was intrigued, but at the same time, I was unwilling to spend the $15 the man was asking for to own and read it.  A few months later, I was given #343 and that turned out to be my FIRST Hulk comic.  By the time I was willing to pay for #333 the kiosk was gone.  I did pick it up later… years later – and it has been one of my favorite issues ever since.

"This is my gun - there are many like it - but this one's is mine!"

The issue opens with a beaten woman on the floor and dreaming of shooting her husband until her husband knocks her silly.  The Hulk, newly transformed back into the Grey Hulk, is with Rick Jones, who has just been cured of being the Mullet Hulk.  Wile Rick is ready to thank Banner – the Grey Hulk just wants to be left alone.  He knows that the sunrise is coming – and with that – Banner.  He jumps far away and finds a small town – or more importantly, a liquor store.  The Hulk gets stinkin’ drunk!

The Hulk getting acquainted with Johnny

The sun comes up leaving a very intoxicated Banner to explain – or more accurately, slur what happened and who he is.  But he blacks out and the police, including the Sheriff – who happens to be the same abusive husband from the beginning of the issue – take Banner to jail.

His predicament is explained...

Rick arrives at Gammabase only to taken in – and Betty is there getting love notes from her Ex-Husband.  We rejoin the abused wife who is recalling how she fell for her husband.  What a great guy he was when they were young and in love.  But now all she wants to do is leave.

Banner is in jail recalling everything Sterns said to him – how the Hulk doesn’t just appear at night because of the moon – but because of the sun.  He tries to warn the cops – but the Sheriff decides to push his luck and abuse Banner instead.  With the sun fully set, the Hulk comes barging out of the cell and makes quick work out of the Sheriff, throwing him out of a window.  Not one to back down he continues to try and show what a big man he is – only to be more and more embarrassed by the Hulk.

Two hits - me hitting you and you hitting the floor!

Even the towns people cheer the Hulk on – calling the Sheriff a bully – saying he’s getting what he deserves!  Only Blaire, the Sheriff’s wife comes to his aid.  Only he isn’t happy about having to be saved by his wife, in front of HIS town.  He screams at his wife, and tries to grab the gun she is holding out of her hands – only, the gun goes off – and kills the Sheriff.

Blaire says she didn’t mean to… and the Hulk responds with “Ha!  Sure you didn’t!”  And with that he takes off.  The issue closes with Betty meeting up with Ramon, her Ex.  She wants to feel wanted, special, loved – and she thinks Ramon can give that to her.

Reprinted in the Hulk Megazine!

An amazing self contained issue that’s part of a bigger picture –  showing how ruthless the Grey Hulk can be.  His hate for Banner having him make worse and worse choices – getting him into bigger trouble than he needed to be.  Almost like the classic 70’s television show.  Grade: A+

Green Hulk Bobble Head (2009)

Green Hulk Bobble Head

I knew it was out there!  Ever since I found the grey – I knew the green one was out there – just avoiding me!  But I did snag it, off of Amazon.  I broke down and bought it off the net – I hate doing it, for some reason, but sometimes it’s your only real option left!  I have already discussed my… blah-ness feelings about bobble head dolls – but these are a bit different.  I really like the sculpt – the retro feel to it – the really great packaging!  Big Thumbs up!

The Two Bobble Heads

The Incredible Hulk #377 (1991)

The Incredible Hulk #377 - 1st Print

So, I have sort of a treat today – I was going to post the new WWH minimate – but I just got this in the mail and I have to talk about it!  I will post the minimates tomorrow – but today, let’s talk about this landmark issue, shall we?  I mean, who hasn’t read this issue?  One of the most popular issues of the Hulk… well, ever!  It sold out and they released a 2nd print – and the 2nd print cover, although the same, the new colors were WAY cooler!  But a funny thing happened… I’ll get to that in a minute –

First I will discuss what happens in this issue.  Samson, with the help of the Ring Master, was out to “cure” Bruce Banner.  So, into the mind of Banner Samson went to talk to Bruce, Green Hulk and the Grey Hulk.  The three battled for control of Banner’s mind – and we follow along as they remember Bruce’s childhood, and his abusive Father – who ultimately killed his Mother – and his alienation of his formative teen years – even his suppressed college years.  In the end, Banner’s Mother was the figure who convinced the three personalities to merge into one body – and thus was born – the”Smart” Hulk!

The Incredible Hulk #377 - 2nd Print

This was in the plans for some time – from the very beginning of PD’s run he said that this was always his intent.  Now, PD didn’t lay the ground work for the abusive Father or even the Grey Hulk’s return – that was all writers before him – but it was PD who put all the history and continuity of the Hulk to great use.  The “Smart” or “Merged” Hulk – I prefer “Merged” – dominated the comic for years to come – some people love that incarnation – while some purists were soured on PD’s writing of the Hulk ever since…

Now back to the copies of this book.  As you can imagine – this book coming out in such a popular time for comic books in general – this is not a rare book – in fact, the second printing is pretty common as well.  You can find both pretty readily.  It’s only when Gary Miller helped me a bit in compiling the COMICS pages that I was told about an extremely rare 3rd printing of the book.  That’s right – a 3rd printing!  I was immediately skeptical, as I had never heard of such a book existing, and even inquired with every comic book shop owner I knew.  NO ONE HAD HEARD OF THIS BOOK!  It’s not even listed in Overstreet, which is odd – but, are you ready for this?  Scroll down, take a gander at this:

The Incredible Hulk #377 - 3rd Print

That’s right!  It’s the elusive 3rd printing of #377!  Anyone who has this issue has a rare piece of Hulk history.  I did find it listed in the Comic Book Data Base – but the information on the site isn’t exactly correct.  See, if you look at the little price box at the top, the original price was $1.00 – but the 3rd printing was released much later – and has a price of $1.75.  In fact, if you look at the copyright information – the original is dated 1991 – but the 3rd printing?  1994.

 

Three years later?  I would love to know the story behind WHY this was released so much later.  It’s an oddity to be sure – and I am really excited to finally have one on my collection!  Hope you guys are as impressed as I was about this little known comic in the Hulk series!  So, thank you Gary Miller for making me aware of this great issue! – boy it was a hard one to track down!  And good luck to anyone out there who is now on the hunt!

All three copies! Side by side!

Bowen Design’s Retro Grey Hulk (2009)

Grey Hulk Statue!

Complete pic of the masterpiece!

Bowen really has gone all out with this latest crop of Hulk releases. This is certainly different enough from the Green Hulk piece to comment on – I mean, the earlier Hulk releases have just been re-paints – but here Randy has done something truly fantastic! Each sculpt has tweaks that make each statue being released different!  For instance – with this statue you can see that Randy had flattened the head – added a yellow shirt and gave the Hulk an awe-inspiring desert scene base that totally rocks!

One Foot!

Holy Crap! Look out for the cactus!

Sure, the basic sculpt is the same – but this is a classic statue that will surely rock!  And there is no paint flaws like the Green Hulk statue seemed to have.  I have had this bad boy for a while now – set up with the Green Hulk – and I can’t believe how awesome it looks.  Every time I see it I think to myself how amazing accurate it is to the original incarnation to the Hulk.  The Hulk has changed so much over the years – but the original was something that no one has successfully captured – until now!

"...and your back! It's worse than your front!"

I have to admit I was skeptical at first when BD announced the release of multiple Hulk statues – but now, I couldn’t be happier he did!  I have Maestro on the way – and Planet Hulk will eventually get shipped – but all in all – thank you Mr. Bowen for the new crop of Hulks!  I should just enjoy these – but I can’t help but hunger for a Fixit, a Merged Hulk, and maybe some others!  Like, The End: Hulk and War Hulk – or even a WWH!  I need to save up for the next crop of Hulks already!  Not that they are definitely happening – but I have faith!

Green and Grey - Side by Side!

Marvel Comics Presents #26 (1989) – The Review

Marvel Comics Presents #26

Fixit is on the job!

Another Fixit story by Purves and David.  This little tale follows Fixit as he arrives to collect some money from a guy who owns a Sea World type amusement park called Maritime or something… anyways, the guy doesn’t have the money for Fixit so he offers up the park.  The Hulk asks why he’d want the fish factory and the guy shows Hulk the Whale show.  Suddenly the whale begins to get out of control – coincidentally this is part of the show that Fixit likes  – but when the rogue whale starts to head for the crowd the Hulk springs into action and beats the whale up and sends it back into the sea.  There the Hulk encounters some fish people who had been controlling the whale – I think… it’s been a while since I read it – but hey, I remember it as being one of the best little Fixit stories in the MCP series.  Grade: B+

Who knew Fixit was a Sea World fan?

Hulk - taking care of business!