Nothing revved my engine more than seeing a new Hulk item being promoted. I miss ads like these too – mainly because they teased in the perfect way without giving away anything at all. It was the kind of teaser that truly inspired excitement. What other hero could possibly sell video games with just a silhouette and the mention of his skin color? No one, I tell you, no one!
This is such a fun little addition to the site let’s see how long I can keep this going! This month we’ll discuss the very forgettable and very odd guest-shot in Wonder Man #26 and #27 from 1993. Hulk was still part of the Pantheon and looking to fight anyone threatening world peace. Hence, him coming to defend the Islamic Republic of Kanem from Wonder Man. Simon Williams was being framed for destroying the Agrimax – a machine that could end hunger in the third worlds. Of course, Hulk didn’t know this and immediately comes to put the smack-down on the former actor/superhero with a publicity problem.
While the two trade blows and, astonishingly, Wonder Man is keeping up with the Hulk. Hulk’s taunts over the fact that Williams is in possession of powers that he doesn’t even know how to use (Simon did get a bit of an upgrade before this issue) and that this is not the first time the Hulk has encountered a bumbling hero like this. After the dusts settles between the two, who now realize they shouldn’t be fighting each other, they decide to team up and go after the real enemy… an enemy who has been watching the whole time. An ill-named duo, the Furor and the Plan Master!
The following issue is pretty action packed and hilarious as the Hulk and Wonder Man reveal the traitor, save the Agrimax, pound on the Furor and even use the bulky foe to crush his partner/father? By the end of the issue the two disappear in a flash of light and Wonder Man heads home – only to find out that his girl had her brother, who she had custody of, taken away from her because of Williams involvement with them.
While the art is pretty terrible and the names of the big bads are laughable it is still a fun couple of issues. The original meeting of the two heroes where they throw tanks at each other is worth the buck that these two will set you back! The only real mention of the Hulk’s classic behavior is when Wonder Man quips about the Hulk getting stronger while he gets madder. Find these issues, if you can, and enjoy some real 90’s fun!
Read this set of thought bubbles and tell me that Simon Williams isn’t ADD
|Hero vs. Hero
Hulk Card - #1
Back of Card
They did something REAL interesting for this set. While each character still had their own card – they made it so that each 9 cards made up a bigger scene together. Hulk takes the #1 position in this set as well – just like in 1993’s Marvel Masterpieces… kind of odd… but Samson also gets his first spot in a card set as well!
Doc Samson -#7
The Whole Shebang!
There are many Hulk vs. cards, including the Hulk vs Leader, Hulk vs. X-Factor and Hulk vs. Hulk. The art for this set is pretty nice – although, the chase cards for this set left something to be desired. Mostly they were Red foil cards of the 2099 characters – none for Hulk 2099 even – but the major card to snag in this series… which I have… was the Spiderman vs Venom hologram card. There are even variations on those cards… but hey, they aren’t the Hulk so I don’t care…
Hulk vs Leader
Hulk vs X-Factor
While I do have this whole set and am not looking for any – I do have a couple extra 2099 chase cards – if anyone out there need them. Email me and we’ll talk! Maybe you have something I need! Next up?!? Ummm… the new Marvel Masterpieces? I’m not sure – I’ll have to look and see what I have posted and what I have left!
Hulk vs Hulk
FF vs Secret Defenders
Hulk - #1
This set was an interesting one. While it was very light on the Hulk side there are some exceptional pieces of art in the set! Hulk is the very first card, and while I think he looks maybe a bit too skinny, he shows a fantastic rage. A screaming anger – or an emotional pain – that really sets this piece aside.
The Absorbing Man - #58
The other pieces are Abomination – which I am not a big fan of this card – and the Absorbing Man – which is fantastic! This set uses different artists and it works well here. I usually like when they commission a specific artist to do the whole series – but here the variety is refreshing.
Abomination - #61
The chase cards were VERY disappointing in this series. There were 9 Dyna-Etch cards – another word for pretty! – of the 2099 X-Men. You read right, the 2099 X-Men! Who even remembers them? Who wants to?
Gary Frank Page
So, I have decided to try and pick up at least one published page from each Hulk artist. The quest has gone well so far – and here is the page I picked up from Gary Frank – who is an amazing artist – but admittedly, he is not my favorite Hulk artist – but his line work is extremely clean and fantastic! And this page? Holy Hell! It features Hercules and Hulk in the heat of battle – but also – it has freakin’ Juggy on it!
Herc vs Hulk - Herc doesn't stand a chance!
Hulk taking charge!
The shot in the middle – where Hulk and Herc are grappling – has to be the best shot of the whole page. I snagged this on ebay – Frank had at least two other pages up on the bay at the same time. The first had Hulk battling Cap – which I lost out on (but that’s alright – I wanted this one more anyways) and then there was a pretty sweet page that had Betty and Marlo on it. But no Hulk – one of the rules of mine is that the page HAS to have the Hulk on it. Anyways, leave a comment, tell me what you think!
Juggs - the unstoppable force!