So, I mentioned about the current Old Man Logan storyline in the last update about what I’m reading comic-wise. Well, one of the reasons I even bothered picking up the latest issue was because I caught a peek at the Chris Stevens variant (above). This was not an easy issue to find either – three comic shops later I was able to snag one! If you had an easier time in finding this issue – good on you – for me it was a bit nerve racking driving from place to place and being told they did not have the variant anymore. Lucky for me I did eventually find one.
Even luckier, I am FB with Chris Stevens and he posted what the original art looks like. How amazing is this guy, huh?
Have I ever mentioned that a lot of merchandise came out when the first Hulk movie was released? The Hulk still hold the record for the most merchandised Marvel movie. There was THAT much stuff! Things that I am still finding to this very day… like this piece right here. A laser print that was an exclusive to Tower Records. Oh Tower Records, how I miss you!
I was able to purchase this after finding it adorning the walls of Rubber Chicken Comics. A comic shop I don’t have many opportunities to visit but, thankfully, did get a chance a few weeks ago. While I picked up quite a few comics I was also able to snag this beauty. Limited to only 1000 (I wonder of the other owners visit this site – let me know if you also have this!) mine is #346.
This image reminds me of the classic Bob Larkin Hulk here:
I came across a few Hulk prints that were printed on canvases. The smallest (the cover to #102) was found at WalMart, given to me by a friend who actually shops at that horrible big box store. It is quite small too – it’s about the size of the Catcher in the Rye paperback I was given in school to read.
The next two were found at Hobby Lobby that were being clearanced out. The original retail for the largest was $60 which I thought was way too much. I just couldn’t see myself paying that much for a mass produced piece of art – but 70% off made the purchase a no brainer!
Also, the smaller was on clearance but I can’t remember the price. It’s made to look scratched up – giving it a sort of antique look I’m guessing – but I’m not as much of a fan of the look on the art here. Either way, when I am done remodeling the Hulk room these three pieces will make it on the wall. Pics will follow!
Posted in Hulk Art
Tagged 2015, Hulk Art
There is quite a bit I need to update on this site, I know it to be true, but with two kids I hardly have time to post! Many of you who follow this blog know that long hiatuses are common place. It’s not that I want them to be – it’s just how it is for now. I spent this year’s Free Comic Book Day in New Jersey helping my good friend Corry Brown handle the crowds at his shop, Zapp Comics, where he had a huge crowd lined up before the doors even opened up.
He had a talented man named Nick Justus doing free sketches and I asked him for a Captain America for my daughter. When he handed it over I was floored at the quality of his work! Remind me to get a shot of that Cap to show you guys – my daughter is sleeping right now so I’m not going to risk waking her up – but then I asked him to draw me a Hulk. He agreed and delivered a Buscema inspired raging Hulk! Nick was able to capture the anger of the Hulk in a way that I’ve not seen some Hulk artists do! Look him up and friend him on Facebook! He’s worth knowing! Talented and super friendly guy!
I just looked through my site and have found that I have perpetrated a huge travesty. A few years back I was so excited that Aaron Lopresti was gracing us with his presence at the Boston Comic Con – a man who shared the penciling responsibility with Carlo Pagulayah for Planet Hulk! I, of course, was thinking about getting a piece from him – and was Aaron and George Perez – those were the two big “gets” of the BCC for me that year. Well, lucky for me Aaron accepted commissions early to be picked up at the Con. I was hoping to strike up a conversation but the man was concentrating on something else / not very friendly / not interested in talking that day. I don’t mean to say he’s ALWAYS this way – and his somewhat dismissal of me wasn’t totally rude or anything but it wasn’t great either. I introduced myself, he said hello, I told him that I commissioned him, he asked what I wanted. I reminded him and he went through his folder and pulled out my piece. He handed it to me and asked for payment. I handed it to him and started to gush over the piece. He said thank you without looking up from what he was busy doing. I stood there awkwardly for a moment and then walked away.
Like I said, he might have been busy so I decided not to take offense. But the piece I walked away with is beautiful and I can’t help but focus on the fact that I left the con with an amazing Planet Hulk illustration.
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!
I realized I never showed this off – but last year the Boston Comic Con invited two of my favorite artists who I’ve ever met. The first, Aaron Lopresti, will have to wait for another post – but the second has a reputation as one of the nicest men in comics. It’s well deserved too – the master, George Perez. He was gracious, funny, and super happy to have so many fans excited to meet him. One of the more impressive and memorable feats is the fact that he hardly ever asks for references – he’s drawn EVERYONE! He knows how to draw every character! Of course when I finally had my chance to meet him I could only think of having him draw one character.
George Perez, along with PD, created the Maestro – how could any Hulk fan want anything other than the evil, futuristic Hulk that he himself created the look of? This is far and away my favorite sketch cover I own. It will be hard to top this one!