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:
You can’t tell me seeing a poster like this posted up at your local library wouldn’t bring a smile to your face! Look at that! It’s awesome! My library rocks.
Some of the Comic shops around were sent these 2 posters to put up and display – my friend was nice enough to give them to me. Thanks Corry! Speaking of Comic Shops – I spent the last few weeks driving around like a mad man for work – but I also found and visited 4 new comic shops! I will update the Shops page this weekend – so check back to see what I thought about these shops. I will say – I picked up a few gems out there – I was very happy!
The... ugh... Offenders
But to go on about these posters, one is obviously the covers to Hulk #11 – or is it #12 – I could care less except that McG’s art is just so eye catching! It features the Defenders and Offenders – but luckily I don’t think the Offenders will be re-grouping anytime… ever seeing as the Crimson Idiot killed them all – not that they would remember. The other is a Superhero Squad Poster – I so wish that this series was around when I was a kid – look how cool but cute these freakin’ guys are! But still bad ass!
Superhero Squad Poster
Hulk - His fingers are the size of his freakin' head!@
Classic Abomination - Man, I miss him...
1972 Marvel Poster - Yes, Thank You!
Here is a poster that comic shops would get to try and advertise Marvel comics. This was acquired at Comically Speaking during my last visit – how could I not pick this up? I asked around and am pretty sure this was a piece cobbled together from different artists. For example, I’ve heard names thrown out there like John Buscema and Sinnot. The Hulk looks like Rich Buckler’s handy work – but the Spidey was argued to be a Romita – but then again could be Busema’s as well…
Close up of the Hulk - is this Buscema's or Buckler's?
All in all this was an amazing catch – one that will have a special place in the Hulk room because it’s just that freakin’ cool! Vintage finds like this will always be high on my list of greatest things ever – they just have such a quality that today’s items don’t have. Classic all the way!
DF Limited Edition Trimpe Poster
Herb Trimpe is far and away my favorite Hulk artist. I bought this in Reading a while back – at the same time I bought a few rare Hulk goodies including the Maquette re-paint and the Macaluso kit. He had a few framed posters including this classic image. But I went with this one – mainly because it has the Hulk in battle with two great foes. Since I read the Wendigo’s first appearance in Hulk #162 with his mythical origin of cannibalism and misunderstood “monsters” I’ve loved the character more and more. His latest Loeb incarnation aside, every part of the Wendigo’s story is sadder and more tragic even more than the Hulk’s. A story of isolation, desperation, lost loves and a curse that transforms a man into a monster.
The best part of this limited Dynamic Forces poster is in the upper left corner Herb himself signed it. This features the classic battle from #181 where Wolverine had to interfere. I’m going to just say this – I still can’t believe how much Wolverine cought on after his first appearance in this issue. I mean, who else’s first appearance is marked by being called into action only to get his ass handed to him by the better hero. Artist’s style certainly change over the years – but Herb’s is still great. Only 500 of these posters has been released – this one is #37.
Framed Hulk Poster
My wife came home with this framed poster for me. She got a call from her friend that Blockbuster had one of these – so she went and bought it – isn’t that sweet? Not only that she bought it but also that her friends all know I collect the Hulk and let her know if they see something. And to tell you the truth – this is not something I would purchase myself. It’s nice – don’t get me wrong – it’s printed on a thick canvas and textured to look like it was painted – but it’s not something I would have bothered picking up myself. So the fact that she got it for me makes it that much better – because without her I would never own this!
1978 Incredible Hulk Movie
Happy Monday! Here we have a poster for “The Incredible Hulk” movie. What? you say… that doesn’t look like the movie poster I know! Yes, I know, stop talking – let me finish. In Australia they released the original T.V. pilot in the theaters. This is the poster that marketed the movie. Look at that image! How great is that! There’s a really great older model that is exactly in the pose of that Hulk. I don’t have it… yet…
There is smaller pictures of Bill Bixby and a couple of Lou Ferigno as the Hulk. Just looking at the images makes me think of the scenes where Ferigno would throw someone and then they would cut to the guy flying through the air and landing in tires, trash, or into water. I remember a great episode that features a fashion designer and when there was a Hulk-out Lou Ferigno pushed a guy into… CLOTHES! And it knocked him out to boot! Man, I loved that show!
The Late, Great Bill Bixby and the Ever Lovin Lou!