Tag Archives: 2001

The Incredible Hulk #23 Pg#18 (2001)

Holz's dark lines and moody scenes make this an issue to remember

A lot of very unique artists have lent their talents to the pages of the Hulk.  Kyle Hotz is certainly in that category.  His style is unique and fantastic – this storyline was an interesting one.  I can’t say it was my favorite, but the great thing is that we did get to see Fixit after a long hiatus.

The grey Hulk has always been the “softer” of the Hulks – but only in terms of strength – his attitude is the fun part of reading him.  He’s no slouch as a bruiser – but he certainly is getting his ass handed to him on this page.

Fixit doesn't go down that easy!

The Incredible Hulk #25 Page #25 (2001)

Hulk #25 - Torturing Abomination

Hulk #25 - Torturing Abomination

One of the reasons I think they chose John Romita Jr. to draw the anticlimactic World War Hulk is because he drew one of the greatest battles in Hulk history.  Let me give you the set-up:  Betty Ross is dead from gamma radiation poisoning.  For a while now Bruce has blamed himself – thinking it was his fault – thinking that Betty spending years being exposed the Hulk has finally sent her to the grave.  But then, then he learns that it was in fact the Abomination that killed Betty Ross.  Hulk is finally unleashed.  In a page turning, brutal, over the top battle matching blow for blow the Hulk and Abomination continued to battle page after page after page.

Hulk continues to beat the hell out of Abomination – and then punches him so hard he breaks his face – BREAKS HIS FACE!:

This was such a landmark fight that Marvel Legends, when releasing an Abomination figure, released a variant with a broken, bloody face based on this issue.  It even came with a reprint of this issue.  AND when 7-11 released a Hulk comic for the latest movie – they chose this issue!  That’s what I’m talking about! 

No More America's Funniest Home Videos!  Please!

No More America's Funniest Home Videos! Please!

This page depicts the end of the issue – where Bruce shows just what a monster he can be.  He imprisons Abomination in a room and replays a video of him saying good-bye to his wife over and over – for him to watch and go crazy with for the rest of his life.  That is until he was released and sent after Hulk 25 or so issues later… but this was one of the best endings ever.  And how Banner just turns and walks out the door.  Classic!

Shut off the light Banner!  What do you think?  We're made of money?

Shut off the light Banner! What do you think? We're made of money?

Game Pieces and Heroclix (2001/2007)

Hero

These little guys are what I use as my card holders when I play poker.  I know they’ve made a ton of Hulk Heroclix.  But alot of them run for insane amounts of money considering how small they are.  I can either get one of these that’s 2 inches tall – or get an Original Mego figure.  I predict this game will go the route of D&D and, in the future, people will be selling their whole collection for $1.00 

Hulk Candy Bar (2001)

Candy Bar

This was on top of another candy bar wrapper.  It was very wise to put the Hulk with the Peanut Butter and Chocolate bar – because both are the best of their respective kinds. I truly believe if all candy bars had a fight that the peanut butter and chocolate bars would come out victorious.    

Hulk Regener8r’s (2001)

Regener8r’s

This really cool little toy can change into 8 different trucks.  All of them green, all of them cool.  I’d never noticed these toys before they made a Hulk version – but I really like the idea.  They’re like Tranformers, except, instead of a semi-truck turning into a really cool robot it’s a truck that turns into another truck.  But a different truck.  One with better gas mileage probably. 

Loose Figures (1978-2003)

Loose Figures

A whole bunch of nonsense is going on here – these are the Hulk figures that I have loose.  You will recognize some… The Marvel Legends figure series 1 from ’02 that I posted earlier.  Also, that damned Toy Biz figure from ’91 – I told you I had a few of those running around.  Fixit from ’96 and a few others from that era – but the standouts in this collection are the Incredible Bulk (Homer as Hulk) ’02 the Mighty Beanz Hulk in the front from ’03.  The 2 larger Hulks in the back are the oldest.  The one on the far right with his hands up is from ’78.  There is a small nozzle on the back which, as I’m told, is from an early version of the Rage Cages where you would blow the Hulk up until the cage broke from all around him.  Next to him is the other Hulk from ’79 – and apparently he came with either a rock or log that you would plug into his head and he would throw it.  The other Hulks of mention here in the infamous McDonald’s Hulk, the small one in blue pants in the front.  Also, in front of the crumbled rock wall is a bendy Hulk from ’89 and the Hulk fighter (the thing with no legs), you hold it in your hands and press buttons to make him swing around and hit something, from ’01.  

Mr. Fixit Bust (2001)

Fixit Bust

It seems like so long ago – but it was only six years ago that this pretty little bust came out.  Mr. Fixit by Bowen.  A few years after the green Hulk bust (I already posted that) came this little charmer.  #2038 out of 2500 – it had a slightly smaller run than the green counterpart.  I like this bust – except – what’s with that tie?  Hulk have bad taste.  Hulk need a visit from those Queer Eye guys.  The bust had a McFarlane feel to it – even though McFarlane never drew a Fixit issue – but he always drew the Hulk with really pronounced eyebrow areas.  I can’t get over that tie.  It’s covering his abs!  Boo, bad decision.