Along with the beautiful Sal Buscema book IDW released late last year they also released this gorgeous collection of the greatest Hulk artist to ever live. The man was a true talent and gentleman. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting the man knew of his enormous generosity toward the fans who celebrated his work. Nothing made me happier than to meet this man and see just how much he enjoyed conversing with fans. I was lucky enough to afford a few commissions as well – my favorite being the Fixit cover he did for me:
This fantastic book gives you the opportunity to see his work in a new way! While enjoying the raw pencil and inks of each page from his illustrious career they showcase just how amazing of an artist Trimpe truly was. You can get lost exploring the imperfections of a true master of the craft and studying the details he left to his many partners.
In the book you can read a few complete Hulk issues including one of my all time favorites, issue #131! Each issue showcases not only the original art for each page of the comic but also the inserts. The pages are filled with the blemishes, yellowing tape and stains from yesteryear. The handwritten comic notes scribbled across the top of the pages.
Even better, the book is almost the exact size of the original art. Like you’re reading issue from the pages handed to you by Mr. Trimpe himself. If only the man himself was still with us, I’m sure he would be humbled by how fantastic this book came out. At the end of the book we are treated with scribbles, doodles and notes from Herb and his collaborators. We are even given a small portion of covers from the master, including the greatest issue of them all: The Incredible Hulk #165.
As soon as I saw this beautiful book at my LCS I had to have it (that being said, and me being me, I had to haggle to get the best price possible) and I considered it a huge Christmas present to myself. This… and something else – but we’ll get into the other piece later. This book is a class all by itself though – and even in its beauty it still holds something even cooler.
There are stories reprinted inside that are picked by the man himself. The book is limited to 999 copies and each one is signed and numbered. My issue is #504. More and more though I appreciate every extra this book includes. There is an excellent interview at the start of the book and then we’re served with some of the tastiest issues from Sal’s legendary run. Each page is absolutely gorgeous – over sized and perfect!
At the end is a color guide – and I am not sure if everyone gets the same page or if they are all different – but I have the first page to TIH #272 and below I have scanned each color guide:
While I love this book and think it’s amazing – there is a different (better) version that I would have loved to own… but I couldn’t make it swing with the wife. Check it out here. Yes, that version allows you to own a piece of original art from Sal himself. While I was bummed not to get the more premiere book I made amends with this fact because I do already own a piece of Sal Hulk art. Check it out at the ART page.
Check out these images though:
Get this book now! Stop reading this and head out to buy this amazing book – or order it from IDW themselves. Either way is fine – as long as you own this book celebrating one of the greatest Hulk artists to ever live.
The Incredible Hulk: An Origin Story
Anyone out there looking to find ways to get your young children into reading comics? Well, Marvel is making it easier and easier to do so – they released a few of these “Origin” stories that have very simplistic and wonderful art – as well as a sort of “quick” version of how they came to be who they are. The Hulk book has some Banner childhood stuff – him being bullied, not the “abusive father” angle – and also has plenty of Hulk smashiness. Worth picking up – especially if you have little ones to share it with!
Marvel Masterworks #167
Yes, the new Hulk MM volume is out. I picked up the gold frame cover (#167) and they are now getting into one of my favorite era’s of the Hulk. Trimpe is really getting his confidence in drawing the Jade Giant in all of his glory – and the Leader is ever present! For me, there is not a miss in this collection – every story is amazing – pick up this book, is you can!
I just finished the last Defenders MM so this came at a perfect time – I don’t get a whole lot of time to read extra stuff. It’s funny – I like the Omnibus format but haven’t touched it because I read the issues a few times over in other books. This is why I LOVE the MM books – these I can take with me anywhere – and when I find a myself with a few extra minutes before I have to do a job – I crack open a MM and go into my job with a great attitude!
Get it while you can!
Hulk Visionaries: Peter David - Volume 8
Yes, that’s right – volume 8! While I applaud Marvel for continuing this series going I do have to give a strong jeers to the fact that they are charging $29.99 – and have even stopped using the glossy paper stock. Maybe they didn’t think anyone would notice – or more like; they don’t care. Still, I would love to see a collected Omnibus of the Hulk PD years – just as they did with the ASM McFarlane years.
400 pages!?!?!? That's totally worth it!
You know the crazy thing? I have so much stuff that I have shown I spend half my time looking through this website to see what I have and have not posted. It’s almost ironic – I come to my own website and search for things that aren’t here – just to put them here! A vicious cycle, indeed!
Hulk Coloring Book 2 - a lot thinner, not as impressive...
One of the few things I never usually post are these coloring books. I found MOST of them at Bedrock Comics for a half dollar each – and when Lex gets old enough you can be sure I will be busting these books out and we will go to town with a couple of crayolas! 96 to be exact… with a crayon sharpener on the back of the box – because that’s how I roll!
This is my favorite cover!
I am sure I will need to buy extra green crayons. I am sure Fern, Forest Green, Inchworm, Jungle Green, Mountain Meadow, Pine Green, Shamrock, Screaming Green, Sea Green, Tropical Rain Forest, Yellow Green – and in real desperate times – Electric Lime could substitute well enough – but people should take some real pride in their work!
Wow, how many of these do I have?
Actually, the different greens would make sense, the Hulk has changed the shades of green a few times over – so… yeah. How does one finish a sentence like this? Just let it fade away? Distraction? I go with the latter – Oh! Look another coloring book!
Aaaaaannnnd - that's it!
I’ve started compiling a list of the MM that the Hulk is in – and am on my way to getting most of the books. I didn’t start collecting these books until 3 years ago – when I received the first Hulk MM from my friend Corry as a birthday present. Since then, I have all of the Hulk MM as well as the Defenders, some X-Men, Spiderman and Fantastic Four. One of the best things about these books is the amazing presentation of these hardcover bound books. They really go all out when putting these together – usually giving a few extras a the end. Anyone who buys these books deserves extras – as you will be parted from a bit of cash when you get them.
Fantastic Four MM
Most will set you back about $50 – but be a smart shopper and you can find them for about $20 – the only issue I have recently is finding shops that will still carry them. Most stores don’t bother ordering these books anymore – unless you specifically ask – and at that point, unless you are a loyal customer and the owner feels like doing you a favor, you will be paying close to retail. So, if you seek these – it’s time to hit the online shops. One of the early mistakes I made was picking up the grey covers for a few of the books in the beginning – but the way to go is to make sure you get the more limited “Gold Frame” covers. I have Gary Miller to thank for that!
Amazing Spiderman MM
Now, Omnibus collections are a whole different monster all together. Should you choose to purchase one of these gigantic books you must be aware of a few things. #1) These books are heavy! So heavy in fact that you may have trouble reading these while doing certain activities – like reading on the toilet – or sitting on the beach and relaxing. If that’s what you want to do – these are NOT the books for you. Find a comfortable place to sit, rest the colossal book on your lap and read as much as you can before the weight of it starts cutting off your circulation!
The Omnibus I have...
#2) Be aware that most of these books are priced at $99.99 – no matter the size. Which, to me, seems like B.S. For example – the Incredible Hulk Omnibus is over 700 pages – while the Secret Wars Omni – just over 400, but – you guessed it – BOTH are priced at $99.99. What BS is that?
Anyways – enough blubbering – I will continue this rant in another post…