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: Quasar!
1st Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #234 (1979)
Hulk Comic #3
As much as I would love to own these all, I don’t. I own just the 3 I have posted here. These are an interesting part of Hulk lore though, you see, the Hulk starred in The Mighty World of Marvel mags for a while and then they gave the Hulk his own title. Sounds familiar, right? Well, the great thing about these issues is that the early ones all have some original content. Original stories with some reprint stuff.
Hulk Comic #4
There are only 63 of these issues out there and I think tracking most of them down, with the help of ebay won’t be too hard. These I found in a comic shop called Harrison’s Collectibles – the one in Salem. That shop – although not great on prices all the time – do have some fantastic hard to find stuff that I’ve never seen anywhere else.
Hulk Comic #6
Overall, I think these would be easier to find than all of the Mighty World of Marvels – especially #198 which will be the bane of my collecting existence since they never seem to show up on ebay – except one that was graded priced at $500. If you are a fan of this blog then you know I am a frugal shopper and refuse to pay premium prices – especially for something that should be, at the most, $50. Oh yeah – if you’re unsure of what’s so special about TMWM #198 – it’s the reprint for the first appearance of Wolverine.
I got this in a lot on ebay. I love the vintage stuff – really! I mean, this Hulk has a great mug – a classic, Trimpe-looking Hulk! It’s a hollow piece with a large, round magnet in the back. He’s also holding what’s supposed to be a huge piece of metal above him – which he is bending at an amazing 45 degree angle at either side! So, the only thing I don’t know is if this piece went to anything or he is just a stand alone piece. I think it worls as a stand alone piece – but wouldn’t be surprised if it was part of a bigger playset sort of thing.
Back of Figure
"Hulk bend metal bar! Because that is what do!"
So, one of the perks of this website is meeting people, hearing from different Hulk fans everywhere – but an unexpected perk was connecting with people who have Hulk treasure’s they are willing to donate! A great guy named Randy wrote me last week and asked if I had this piece in my collection. I wrote back saying that I did not – funny enough though – I came across this set in Waltham a few weeks back. The owner was asking too much, in my opinion, so I passed on it – and then Randy asked me if I would like it. I asked for details – he wrote back saying he wasn’t looking for money – he just wanted to know if I wanted it! I said of course! Thanks to Randy for his very generous offer!
The Thing and Spiderman may be missing!
As you can see – this set is not complete – but the most important character is still in there – the Hulk! But it also contains the Human Torch, Mr. Fantastic, Thor and Spider-Woman. I believe the missing ones are the Thing and Spiderman – but I am very happy to get this set to add to the ever-growing collection.
The Hulk Stamp
1979 Hulk Calendar
This is a calendar from 1979 – the art in this thing is freakin’ awesome! By the way, sorry this is being posted so late – I had a busy, busy day. The holidays always throw a wrench into the works. But I am so sure you guys will love this post I’m not even stressing about it! Check out the art in this!
Hulk vs. The Surfer - Pak put to rest who the strongest one is in Planet Hulk
One of my favorite images is this one here of Hulk’s favorite nemisis’ Abomination and the Leader are in there – but Doctor Doom, Juggernaught, Mole Man, Bi-Beast, The Gremlin, The Rhino, Absorbing Man, AQON! Can anyone name every villian in this photo? I will give someone a real, genuine No-Prize if they can do it! And I don’t mean give them names – I name the characters names from the original comic. I will even give up my Hulk crown if you can name each comic that they all appeared in – without looking it up!
Here is my favorite image from the calendar!
The calendars nowadays don’t seem to have the same charm as this does. The images you get are not nearly as impressive – or as big! Check this out of you ever get the chance because I didn’t even show you all the images – just my favorite!
Back Cover - With Banner and more foes!
What more would you need to become the Hulk? This has it all! An Incredible Hulk voice modulator! And this little belt that fits snuggly around you waist – the plastic must be so comfortable! It also comes with Hulk wrist bands! Wait, wrist bands? The Hulk doesn’t need wrist bands! He’s not Wonder Woman! That’s just ridiculous! Also, a Gamma Radiation Detector is supplied. Remco released 2 versions of these here – I’m still looking for the other one – but this is a great specimen – complete in the original box! Remco also made a Spiderman Utility Belt in 1979.
A strange little item found on ebay. It doesn’t have a date on it – but it is the same Hulk used for the pin I have so I’m guessing on the date here. This, oddly, is the third money clip I own – the first being one that my wife bought me when we first met. The second is a gift from my friend for being the best man at his wedding. Now this one. This, of course, is the prettiest one I own – but I won’t use it because the others mean a little more to me. They’re just not as cool!