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?
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!