I remember back in the day when if you wanted to drink from a glass that had the Hulk on it you either had to wait for a fast food chain to release a superhero set or a convenience store to have a Marvel theme. Now though, most big box stores carry some sort of superhero glassware. the best pieces feature some sort of vintage images – but it’s all pretty great! The glass above is pretty hard to see, I know, but it is the amazing Jim Steranko Hulk illustration from The Incredible Hulk Annual #1. It’s a white outline which makes it hard to photograph but does look awesome in person.
The other is a simple glass with the Hulk fist on it given to me by children for my birthday. I think the Hulk fist is a better symbol for our Jade Giant than the one they were trying to use years ago which was a yellow and green radioactive symbol.
At this point I have lost count on how many Hulk mugs I own. My favorites top out at the mugs actually shaped in the form of the Hulk’s head but I still have many, many others. So many, in fact, that I decided that I wasn’t going to be picking up any new mugs. Of course, I can’t help it if a friend comes to my house brandishing a brand new Hulk mug that he found at the store.
Each side displays a different Hulk image. One side is the Classic John Buscema image from the end of issue #111 of the Fantastic Four. The other side of course, has gotten me stumped. I know I have seen it a million times but I am drawing a blank on where it originates from. Who out there wants to help me out?
I really hope one day to throw a dinner party where I invite all the Hulk collectors I know and we can use all these glasses I have been collecting all these years! Toon Tumblers showed Marvel that glasses can be collectibles too – so they have started to release sets in the past few years. This Marvel 4-Glasses Set ($19.99, 2012) has smaller, or at least thinner glasses, and they feature Cap, Spidey, Hulk and Wolvie. They are really nice – but nothing seems to stand up to the quality that the Toon Tumblers do. I must say though… I do love the classic image they used this time – how many years was that in the corner of every Hulk issue we bought? Although – I am pretty sure they put a different head on the body! Just don’t wash these glasses in the dish washer – HAND WASH ONLY!
Comparison Shot – Marvel glass vs Toon Tumbler
If you know me personally then you know I do not have many vices – other than my love for the Hulk :) I don’t drink coffee or soda and I don’t really need caffeine to rule my morning attitude. But that does not stop me from picking up every Hulk mug I can get my grubby little hands on! The first (Above) is an image that has certainly been making the rounds – the winking Hulk – a Trimpe image from the early days. Both sides of the cup are adorned with Hulk’s face. The second (below… duh!) is one that is popping up here and there and comes straight from, not a Hulk issue, but Fantastic Four #111 – the precursor to the very famous Hulk vs Thing battle of FF #112!
The other side has the cool Incredible Hulk logo!
Marvel Glasses Set
I can be pretty sure that these glasses are made with the smallest amount of care it takes to make glasses – sure – they may easily break, but something about these sets makes me all giddy inside. I think I like the glass sets more than I do some of the action figures that come out! In fact, I may have to create a page just to showcase these sets – because there have been so many! These glasses are a whole lot slimmer than the sets before them. That does mean you can not drink yourself into oblivion with just one glass… it may take one and a half now!
These may surpass the Toon Tumblers for me!
My Kitty would not leave – so you get a shot of him too
Yes, there is still more Westland Giftware. This has to be my favorite mug in the collection – not only do I love the shape of the mug – but can you even think of a better image to use on a Hulk mug? Holy Hell, I love this thing! Most of the images being used are from TIH #206 – but this is the classic image from merchandise from the late 70’s early 80’s. Discussing it with another Gamma bro, I don’t think this was ever in the comics – but if it was please let me know where this image originated from! I have used this thing already – and I have to tell you – Milk looks more delicious in this mug! I don’t know how it’s possible – but it does! Tap water tastes like Perrier! I don’t have any physical proof – but I think it turned water into wine one time. Either that or I forgot to wash it between uses.
Back of Mug
Hulk Mug – they are getting the most out of this Trimpe illustration!
I really wish I could find some time to post more – but right now – this week and next posts will be pretty spare. Sorry ahead of time – but there quite a few things in the works and I am having trouble finding time to even check in right now – let alone post! I know issue #9 hits the stands tomorrow… I will really try to free up time to review that – and trust me I have a whole lot of great pieces to show off – so thanks for your patience guys! Thanks for always checking in! I found this ceramic mug in Framingham at Rubber Chicken Comics – there was only one Hulk in a sea of Cap and Spidey mugs so I felt lucky being able to find this! That’s about it for now – I will try to post the review and maybe the Bowen Fixit statue review the rest of this week! Later guys!