This year we will be delving deep into Hulk history to re-discover all the first appearances that the Hulk issues have given us over the years! With 1st appearances being such a hot trend these days it only makes sense to highlight some of the best Hulk issues to invest in this year! This week: Wendigo!
1st Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #162 (1973)
I am looking into seeing how many times the famous #181 cover has been done in homage. I think the covers has to be in the double digits easily and, much like the one above, seems to get better and better each time.
What is the point of comics if you don’t read them? Don’t be one of those CGC slabbing comic book “collectors”! Make sure to read them over and over again! Here is a list of what I’ve been reading from my collection:
|The Green Goblin (1996)
W: DeFalco / A: Kobasic, Ramos
Issue I’m Reading – #5
Total Issues in the Series – #13
|Philip Ulrich, the nephew of crack ace reporter Ben Ulrich, has taken an internship at the bugle. He also has happened upon the Green Goblin’s old lair and his old suit! In a momentary lapse in judgement – although he seems to rarely have good judgement at all – he puts on the suit and flies around. Unsure of what to do with the suit he is flying around trying to decide if it’s worth his time to be a good guy!
So Far: B-
|Venom vs Wolverine (1996)
W: Hama / A: Pierre, Milgrom
Issue I’m Reading – #3
Total Issues in the Series – #3
|I am so much more inclined to have villains stay villains. When a sociopath such as Wolverine comes across the path of a crazed wanna-be good guy like Venom you know that the claws will be out! Especially when Venom is taken over by the hilariously named “Dirtnap”
|The Incredible Hulk (1962)
W: Englehart / A: Trimpe, Trapani
Current Issue – #162
Total Issues in the Series – #474
|I’m always reading an older Hulk issue (maybe to remind me of the good days) while I never read this series in order – or even bother going over some issues at all – I do love me some of the classic Hulk tales! Wendigo continues to be the most tragic, deadly and graphic villains in the Hulk lore! This issue is easily one of my favorites of all time!
So far: A+
W: King / A: Janin
Issue I’m Reading- #31
Total Issues in the Series (so far) – #39
|Granted this is a new series but since I’m not up to date I feel it’s better to keep it in this section until I catch up. Anyways, I’ve breezed through this series due to how well it is written. Some great stories (The Button, I am Bane), others are just good (I am Gotham, War of Jokes and Riddles) – either way Tom King is a fresh voice for the caped crusader and the stories are very enjoyable!
So far: A-
Anyways, what are you guys reading from your collection? What do you think?
So, I mentioned about the current Old Man Logan storyline in the last update about what I’m reading comic-wise. Well, one of the reasons I even bothered picking up the latest issue was because I caught a peek at the Chris Stevens variant (above). This was not an easy issue to find either – three comic shops later I was able to snag one! If you had an easier time in finding this issue – good on you – for me it was a bit nerve racking driving from place to place and being told they did not have the variant anymore. Lucky for me I did eventually find one.
Even luckier, I am FB with Chris Stevens and he posted what the original art looks like. How amazing is this guy, huh?
A lot the best reasons for keeping this blog going is the friends that I have been able to “meet” over the years. Hulk fanatics like myself who not only like to collect but converse with like-minded fellows who share an affinity for the green goliath. All stemming from the people who come here to post, and comment about all things Hulk I’ve become what I consider friends – albeit “online friends” – with at least a handful of people out there. There’s joefixit, and Fiddy, 465, JG, Dave, Hulk Smashing, Zeno. These are the people I have had the pleasure of talking to and even some have helped each other out when looking for a Hulk item – there’s been too many times to recall when Steve sent me Hulk goodness through the mail or when he was looking for a figure I was able to locate one and sent it to him. I remember sharing my good fortune with Fiddy when I came in possession of two display boxes for the Superhero Squad Hulk figures. Each of these times we did not ask for anything in return, we just helped each other out because we wanted to.
Well, there is another Hulk fan on this site that I consider a friend. Someone who had already given me one of the biggest pieces of the collection – this Hulk wall plaque – and it was already a very generous addition which I was super excited to get. Now, Gammapup, aka: Mike has outdone himself. Before I delve into what transpired this weekend I have to take a little aside here.
About a year ago I had to sell off a chunk of the collection to finance a few renovations that needed to be done to my house. As you know, if you follow this blog, I had a son about that time. Before he was due I needed to replace a dilapidated carpet and the vintage washer and dryer we had in the house. The money we needed for both exceeded the total we had in savings. My only choice, with Antone William Banner on the way in a short time, was to let go some of the pieces in the Hulk collection. I hated to and I had to mentally prepare to do it – which wasn’t easy – but when all was said and done I had released the Hulk Classics and Marvel Legends Hulk line. I had made peace with the decision but everyone once in a while still mourned the loss of those beautiful figures. Some of my favorites. I knew they would be impossible to replace as they have now become expensive and pretty rare.
Like I said, it was a hard choice but did so willingly for the betterment of my family (if you saw this carpet you would understand – you can’t have an infant crawling around on that!) Well, on a trip to NJ and a visit to one of the greatest comic shops known to man, Zapp Comics, Gammapup came in. He walked over and we struck up a conversation. We had met before, of course, but never had the time to really have a decent back and forth. As we were discussing life and what we were up to he mentioned he was turning in some figures to see what he could get for them. He said he had some Hulk figures if I wanted to take a look. Always interested in seeing what green pieces fans have I headed out to his car and saw that he had the entire Marvel Legends Hulk line – as well as almost every Hulk Classics figure – just missing War Hulk and Smart Hulk. Excitedly I asked what he was looking for them. He then said something that I will never forget.
Very rarely in this life are you presented with an opportunity to see true selflessness. Mike said that they were mine if I wanted them. I couldn’t believe my ears. A true generous move by a Gammabro I consider a friend he gave me something I never thought I would have the chance to own again. When I originally picked up the set I paid retail – and now quite a few of them are insanely priced – to the point that I didn’t think I could spend the money to replace the figures and justify it. Also, what Mike did was give me a feeling, an excitement about collecting I haven’t had since I sold off the chunk I did. It really gave me a rejuvenation of sorts about my collection. I couldn’t stop taking about it the rest of the weekend. My wife must have heard me mention what an amazing moment this was about a thousand times!
If I didn’t convey it properly at the time, Mike, I want to thank you again. Thank you so much for giving me back a piece of the collection I never thought I would have again. You truly did a nice thing for me and I will be forever grateful. Hopefully, one day I can do something for you that is just as nice.
I never read the X-Men. I’m just not interested in them – not sure there is a way I can explain my dislike for the group – I have tried to get into reading the exploits of the mutants before but to no avail. I did see that The Amazing X-Men was set to do World War Wendigo and it piqued my interest. I noticed that it spotlit a whole slew of Wendigos and immediately had flashbacks of the horrible Loeb arc where the Wendigo curse just “somehow” miraculously evolved to be able to be spread through bites and scratches. In Loeb’s version it made no sense and, even worse, the Wendigos went to Las Vegas and encountered Mr. Fixit and then the Green Hulk… and then the Wendi-Hulk. Ugh… So, how did this story line end up? Read on!
Amazing X-Men #8-12
The funny thing is that McGuinness actually escaped having to draw the horrid excuse for a storyline that was Loeb’s Wendigo rampage – but he is in top form here drawing this series. The story begins with a man, in a rage, killing a co-worker and then grinds him up in the beef that gets sent out to the masses for consumption. It’s the best way to start a comic story line, maybe ever. And with Wolverine back in Canada searching for an old friend you think “This is going to be real good!” And the first issue is really good! It sets up everything really well and catches anyone who might not have been following the series thus far up pretty quickly.
I liked the idea that Wolverine was without his healing powers. Not sure how or when he lost them – but at some point his healing factor was just out of control – he could survive just about anything. That’s not a hero that’s all that interesting to read to me – I’d like to think there is a chance (no matter how small) that the hero could be hurt – and maybe even lose a battle! So, Wolvie without the chance to heal is actually an interesting idea to delve into. Storm is also worried at the idea of Logan in danger without his healing factor – and for good reason – because the whole team runs into a pack of Wendigos.
One of the things I really enjoyed about the Hulk villain is that there could only be one – and that it was a mystical curse for an atrocious action toward your own kind. If you don’t know what I mean – you ate someone in the Canadian wilderness and you are cursed to be the Wendigo. For the curse to be altered (like in this case) or the curse to evolve (a curse evolves? Ugh – stupid Loeb) makes for an interesting idea – but it doesn’t really have the same charm or devastating sadness that the character does when his origin is in place. A man trapped inside of a beast for a crime that he was driven to out of desperation or pure enraged emotion is a great base line! People being scratched or bitten and turned into the same creature doesn’t have the same weight.
Anyways, the curse, at first only held in the Canadian land – so as soon as they stepped over the US border they transformed back. That is until the curse was expanded and then the population turned once more – this time in the United States – where the Avengers were trying to contain the outbreak. Things went pretty solidly from bad to worse as the series continued. Wolverine is discovered to have been turned himself – and he’s quite the handful of Wendigo to contain – and children looking for their parents tries to pull at your heart strings. All in all though, this isn’t anything new.
We’ve seen all these plot devices before – even a Wendigo breakout has been done before – albeit not well done, but still. The bang of the first issue is quickly stifled with the rest of the story being a retread of former situations we’ve seen heroes in before – right down to the ending where the big bad is beaten and the slew of Wendigos are reverted, leaving a group of confused and naked humans roaming around trying to figure out what the hell just happened.
I will give the series this: I made it through the whole thing without getting bored. So that’s something. I thought a more original take would have been seeing the X-Men have to handle a town full of Wendigos who were turned because of that initial murder where the man was ground up and then sent out for people to eat. Battling those monsters but knowing that they’re innocent people so they would try not to hurt them at the same time as trying to find someone to reverse the curse. That would have been a better direction – in my opinion. The Wendigo is a fierce opponent to battle on his own – there is no need to add in an infectious element as well. Overall, it’s not a huge recommendation – but if you like the X-Men and you like Wendigo it might be worth looking into. Grade: C+
I was lucky enough to get one – ONE – detolf before IKEA took them out of their inventory – and then put them back on at a slightly higher price. I was given this as a present for my birthday from my sister. Still one of the best gifts ever! I figured I would give you a shelf by shelf look… mostly. This image above is the Hulk foes shelf – Bowen has given us the widest range of characters I think any high end collectible company will give us. I would drop down from shock to see anyone else give us a Bi-Beast – never mind a mind-blowing fantastic sculpt like the one we were given! Just to lay it out you see here:
- Absorbing Man
- Doc Samson
- Ring Master
- and Dormammu
Second self is dedicated to one of the best Bowen statues to be released ever (yeah – I went there). One of the most underrated pieces for sure – the Abomination is one of the truest representations of the Gamma-Spawned monster ever to be done. Behind him is the now defunct Blockbuster Video’s exclusive print of the first cover appearance of the Abomination that was released with the 2008 movie. Also, a reprint of Silver Surfer #12 under the title Fantasy Masterpieces.
Third shelf is my ode to the best two Hulk villains – the Abomination and the Leader. You see both character busts from Bowen – and also the Dynamic Forces Leader bust (another underrated piece). Also a custom Leader Mego figure. The last piece is the Keown inspired Dynamic Forces Hulk statue – while small is stature a great piece!
Last level just has the Marvel Legos so I didn’t take a shot – but I hope you enjoyed the view!
Posted in Doc Samson, Hulk Room, Hulk Statue/Bust, The Abomination, The Leader, Wendigo
Tagged Bi-Beast, Bowen Statue, Constrictor, Doc Samson, Mego, The Abomination, The Leader