Doom, Absorbing Man, Wasp 3-Pack?
I told you before that these 2-packs were done right by Marvel. You get 2 figures – really well done figures – AND a comic to go with it? All for $12.99. Yes, thank you! Now, I know Hulk really has nothing to do with this package – but let’s look at it this way – in every Hulk line of toys they have had an Absorbing Man. The Absorbing Man was in the 2003 Hulk movie. Hulk has sort of adopted this great character – so in turn – I have added this to my Hulk collection. Not to mention that he comes with one of the best Marvel villains ever – Dr. Doom! So, how can you say no to this?
The Sculpts are pretty damn nice on these!
Not to mention – it comes with a third figure – a teeny tiny Wasp. Although, a lack of a face is a little disturbing!
Wasp... without a face
Absorbing Man Lead Figure
I’ve been playing a little catch up with all of the Hulk villains released, Creel here included. One of my favorite things about the Absorbing Man items is that they use a real chain for the ball and chain. It’s those little bits of realism that make a piece for me. Creel is always a fun character to read – in fact as I’m re-reading the Secret Wars right now Creel is one of the big baddies. I like seeing Hulk take him on – and of course a fight always worth reading is Creel vs. Thor.
Creel vs Banner
As I’ve stated before – The Absorbing Man’s first appearance was in Journey into Mystery – actually right before the bad-ass battle Hulk vs. Thor. But the best thing about Absorbing Man has to be the great “Ball and Chain” jokes you can make about him. “Hey, Creel! Where’s your ball and chain?” He would be like “Uhhh… it’s right here… with me. It’s always with me.” Then you could respond with “Wow! You take your ball and chain everywhere? You’re whipped dude!” And then you run off snickering as Creel stands there with a confused look on his face.
Creel mackin' on Valkyrie! Hit that!
Abomination, Thing and Armageddon
A few of the Hulk villains were also made into these little plastic figures! Check it out! Most notably the Abomination is in there – I only got the sparkly (or cosmic) Abomination right now – but there’s also Absorbing Man, Rhino, and Iron Clad.
Iron Man, Absorbing Man, Rhino, Iron Clad
They’ve made some heroes – that are also some of Hulk’s foes – like the Thing, Hulkbuster Iron Man, and Wolverine. There’s also a unique choice – a Hulk villain from out of nowhere – Armageddon. Remember him? If not go get issues #413 – #416 to refresh your memory.
This is one of my favorite issues with the Hulk against the bald… absorbers. Creel is the first super powered person to go up against the new and improved Hulk – the man named Fixit. And Creel learned quickly, no matter what color, the Hulk will beat him!
Absorbing Man Bust
How appropriate to end this week with a Bowen masterpiece of the spotlight character! I know this is late – I didn’t think I was going to be able to even post tonight. But this piece was one of the only Hulk’s foes that I was missing from Bowen’s busts – I never picked it up four years ago and couldn’t find it for a good price. The only set-back to picking things up off ebay is that you have to add in shipping to the final price that you paid for something – and I just wasn’t willing to shell out what people were asking… so I went without.
Backside - I mean his back - not... you know...
That is until I took a trip to NJ this weekend and popped into a store selling this bust for %50 off. Snagged it! This really is amazing – and I have to say that a talented guy named Jim Maddox sculpted this – not Bowen himself – but man, oh man, I can’t see Bowen doing any better of a job with it! My favorite part is the real chain connecting his ball – let’s not forget that Absorbing Man was a prisoner when Loki granted him with his powers of absorption!
Close your mouth man! You gathering flies!
The expression on his face is even more impressive when you consider that I was actually used for this model! Alright, that’s a lie – but it does kind of look like me. Except that I am not half made of rock. Yet. Anyways, the great this about the Absorbing Man is, after the first battle, Absorbing Man never beat Hulk again. Yet he keeps on trying… why? Just give it up bro!
I just love this cover – I know there are a few issues between #125 and this one – but I freakin’ LOVE the placement of the characters on the cover! And – maybe some of you can’t recognize the style – but the artist on the cover? The one and only Frank Miller. Yes! That Frank Miller! I know what you were thinking – the Director of “The Spirit”… yup, that’s him!
Absorbing Man vs Hulk - the first encounter!
I actually showed this comic before – almost 2 years ago… have I been posting that long? Wow. So the Absorbing Man actually gets the better of the Hulk in this issue. He absorbs the Hulk’s power and Hulk falls – just as Creel is about to bury the Hulk under a mountain of rock he loses all of his power – because the Hulk has turned back to Banner! It’s a great issue – you see a hero fall – but the villain still loses. I like that they show the Hulk can lose sometimes – it made his character that much more vulnerable. The Hulk is a character with so many layers – it’s astounding that people don’t know more about him – all they know is Hulk Smash…
Anyways, the Absorbing Man never gets the best of the Hulk again – but in this issue – he is the mack-daddy. And it showcases just how amazing Trimpe’s artwork is…