They have released so many glasses at this point it’s hard to keep track of them all. I found these at Target – and noticed something a little different. These glasses didn’t feature just one classic image of a hero – in a move both brilliant and a little disappointing – they have shared glasses between two heroes now. In a sick twist of fate this glass is shared between Hulk and Captain America. The sick part is that my daughter’s favorite character is Cap and mine is the Hulk. Usually, when I but a set of glasses she would get the Cap one… except I couldn’t just give her this one because on the back (or front, depending on how you look at it) is the Hulk!
Funko has managed to take over the world of actions figures. I can’t imagine any other company that rose as quickly and dominated the market as fast as Funko. They’ve done so mainly with simply sculpted small figures in covered boxes. The biggest selling pieces they offer are, of course, the POP figures. They do branch out here are there with some other products including these mugs based on the heads of the POP figures. Pretty cool and fun.
The Marvel tumblers they release are certainly plentiful – I hate to admit that I am such a sucker for these things I snag every new one I see. Marvel seems to be getting smarter though as they are printing two different characters on one cup. This one features the Hulk and Cap – which is perfect – me and my daughters favorite characters sharing one cup! Even better the Hulk is a Sal Buscema! Who doesn’t love the sound effect ZUNG? Does anyone else try to make the sounds when presented in the issues? Only me? Well this is awkward…
This past week I turned another decade older. I hit middle age and spent the day in NJ at one of my favorite places, Zapp Comics. Many pics will follow of my adventures there – but until then I will showcase a couple of gifts I recieved. These two mugs may look the same but there are subtle differences including the white lip at the top and a lighter shade of green. They are also different sculpts – even if you can hardly tell by a quick glance. One is a Marvel licensed photo – the other is a “Big Mouth” green fist mug. Try to guess which is which before scrolling down to see the answer below.
There is something adorable and awe inspiring about the reach of Funko’s licenses. They have everything from John Hughes movies to horror classics to Star Wars and DC. It’s staggering to see the TV series, video games and more all sculpted into little pieces of plastic. They have been creating more and more – including this mug – based off their sculpts for the Marvel Pop figures. While it is fun and unique they seemed to have a very poor paint application. You can see sloppy brush strokes that are very distracting. It’s not expensive (and I’m a sucker for Hulk Head mugs) but there are certainly better mugs to spend your money on.
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?