Tag Archives: 2005

Hulk Guest Appearances #14 -Devil Dinosaur #1 (2005)

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This issue has almost everything – every classic move the Hulk has.  While battling Devil Dinosaur the throws out how he is “The Strongest One There Is!” and of course “The Madder Hulk gets the Stronger Hulk gets!”  but the best part of this issue is watching two of Jack Kirby’s creations battle it out!  A match up that never happened in the original run of the underappreciated Devil Dinosaur.  I sort of wish this was just the beginning of a new series because this issue is fantastic from beginning to end but, alas, it is just a one-shot.

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The best part of the issue is when Hulk and Devil sort of figure out who is behind everything and wreak havoc on their surroundings – I don’t like to give too much away but let’s just say I love seeing when all powerful beings realize they are in way over their heads!

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Thunder Clap No
Mind Control YES?
Funny Nickname YES
Hero vs. Hero YES
“Hulk Smash!” YES
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Marvel Legends Hulkbuster Iron Man (2005)

Marvel Legends Hulkbuster Iron Man

One of the best things about the ML line was the articulation – they always loaded the figures with all sorts of articulated points!  I love the fact that you can not only pose the arms and hands – but even each finger!  This figure is an excellent portrayal of the Hulkbuster figure – I actually like the 3″ figure a bit better.  But let’s get real here – who doesn’t LOVE huge action figures?  I love huge action figures and this one is no exception!

In addition to the articulation the other thing I love when it comes to action figures – the details!  And this figure has details up the wah-zoo!  I don’t have an open figure – but I have seen enough reviews and videos on this figure to know that you can open the helmet to reveal Stark’s head!  The inside has all sorts of gadgets and buttons… which makes you wonder… how does he press those buttons that high?  With his tongue?  That’s disgusting!  Can you imagine how the inside of the suit smells?  Ewwww… This is definitely worth a pick up though!

Closer look!

Fantastic Four: Nightmare in Green – The Review

Fantastic Four - Season 1

Fantastic Four - Season 1

I was able to catch this episode this morning – I was psyched because I heard about how good this was.  No worries, I did think it was good too – especially with how many cameo appearances there were.  But let’s get into what this episode was about. 

Hulk - handing Thing's ass to him

Hulk - handing Thing's ass to him

First off – Alicia and Thing are sitting in the park discussing the latest issue of Cat Fancy… wait, no that was me – sorry – they were talking about Reed creating a cure for Grimm and having a Dr. Banner coming in to help him.  Some purse nappers with impeccable timing steal Alicia’s purse.  As Thing catches up to them and the crooks begin to squeal like little girls it catches the attention of the Hulk and he leaps into action.  The Thing and the Hulk begin to battle – although… it’s more like the Hulk hands the Thing his rocky ass. (Note that the Hulk wears purple pants during the fight – but suddenly is wearing blue when he jumps away)  It only ends after Alicia comes and asks the Hulk to stop.  We also see that Doom has been watching the whole time and intrigued with the powerful Hulk and thinking about using him to destroy the FF.  We also see that Rick Jones is there with Banner as they try to discover a cure for the Hulk. 

Hulk's pants go from Purple to Blue - a few times in this episode

Hulk's pants go from Purple to Blue - a few times in this episode

All the reports say the Hulk beat the heck out of Thing sending the Thing fuming around the Baxter building.  As Thing and Johnny Storm banter about the fight, Grimm finds out that Reed has actually been working on a cure for HIM.  Reed is also very sick – and as Banner and Rick Jones shows up Reed faints.  Banner gets a contraption ready to help Reed get better – meanwhile he goes back to the hotel.  As Rick drops him off he and Johnny Storm take the air cycle out for a spin.  What follows is a pretty fun, cool set of cameos including the X-Men, Juggy and it was either Spiderman – or maybe even the Scarlet Spider – take a look for yourself:

Scarlet Spider anyone?

Scarlet Spider anyone?

Doom comes to Banner’s hotel room and kidnaps him.  He brings Banner to his lair and turns him into the Hulk where he tricks the Hulk into thinking that Doom is his only friend.  He also tells him that Rick Jones has turned against him and the only way to get him back is to destroy the rest of the FF.  This time as the Hulk leaps out of  Doom’s lair  his pants turn from blue to purple… the animators obviously needed a chart to keep the issue of the Hulks pants straight.

Doom - getting a little handsy with the Hulk

Doom - getting a little handsy with the Hulk

Reed gets worse as Grimm and Johnny drop Jones off.  But Hulk arrives and starts a fight.  The Hulk takes on thing and the Torch with ease – notice Hulk’s pants are BLUE again!  As Rick is ready to stop the fight Doom comes to knock Rick out.  Sue sees the report on TV and goes to join the fight.  Seeing that everyone has left Reed alone Doom goes to take care of business.  Sue gets to the fight to help Grimm – by turning him invisible.

How many times can the Hulk beat up the Thing without getting bored?

How many times can the Hulk beat up the Thing without getting bored?

The Thing finally gets the upper hand in the fight – until Sue is knocked out of the Fantastic Car.  At that moment Doom shows up to Reed’s room (how did he get in?) to kill him – by shooting him with a Gamma Ray Gun.  Rick is there to help Reed and they throw Doom’s Gamma Gun back at him causing an explosion and knocking him out the window. 

Sue to the rescue!

Sue to the rescue!

Meanwhile Sue’s force field is the only thing stopping the Hulk from beating the heck out of the Thing.  When she falls Alicia shows up to calm the Hulk down.  But Ben, exhausted, faints.  Everyone explains to the Hulk that Rick is still his friend and the Doom is the enemy – only in time for Doom to show up to congratulate Hulk on a job well done.  As he is about the land the killing blow on the FF the Hulk attacks Doom and – even though Doom tries to escape – Hulk brings his transport down in the ocean. 

Doom gets punched in the face - YES!

Doom gets punched in the face - YES!

They all think the Thing is dead – even Reed, the genius, – but they are wrong and the Thing gets up.  Reed is fine and the Hulk and Rick Jones leave – with no one the wiser…

Pretty good episode.  I picked up the DVD set with this episode on it – found it for a pretty good price.  With the coin – certainly this is one of the better FF cartoons that has been released.  Episode: B- Whole Set: B+

Absorbing Man Bust (2005)

Absorbing Man Bust

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.

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Backside - I mean his back - not... you know...

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!

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!

Huge Freakin’ Pez (2005)

Giant Hulk Pez

Giant Hulk Pez

When I saw this thing many, many years ago I said it would be mine.  Then, as in my everyday life, I forgot all about it.  Hey, I have a lot of things on my WANT list – but I digress… So, my friend Corry, on a recent trip to Florida found this at a candy store down there.  I was psyched!  He snatched it right up for me and a little while later, when I got it home into the Hulk room, I was a bit disappointed.  I’ll tell you why – the huge pez itself is awesome!  The head sculpt is quite great, the novelty about this thing is just top-notch – but I thought it came with ginormous pez candy!  What is this regular sized pez all about?  Sure, you get more of it – but I’m calling shenanigans!  I want HUGE PEZ!

Hulk sneering... but it spits out candy!

Hulk sneering... but it spits out candy!

Hulk Pez - out and about!

Hulk Pez - out and about!

What If?… General Ross Had Become the Hulk? (2005) – The Review

What If... General Ross Had Become the Hulk?  He's actually grey in the book - even though he doesn't look that way on the cover...

What If... General Ross Had Become the Hulk? He's actually grey in the book - even though he doesn't look that way on the cover...

One of the things I LOVE about this series is being able to see the characters you’ve become so familiar with in a new light – doing things they would normally not do – doing something totally out of character.  This is one of my favorite What If… stories – written by a Hulk scribe you might have heard of – a chap named Peter David. 

And this issue begins pretty much the same as Hulk #1 – Banner and Igor are readying the Gammabomb for testing – when all of a sudden they see a teenage boy driving out onto the test site.  As Banner is about to leave Thunderbolt stops him and says that HE will get the boy instead.  As Ross drives out to the test site and with Igor needing to find Banner’s formula he resorts to more drastic measures and gasses the remaining scientists.  When Ross arrives he pulls a gun on Jones and tells him he’s arrested – but then the G-Bomb starts the countdown and Ross tells Jones to get to the trench – Jones makes it, Ross doesn’t – but unlike normal continuity where Jones is taken to the infirmary – this time Ross immediately Hulks out and falls on Jones, squishing and killing him. 

Ross is dancing, dancing!

Ross is dancing, dancing!

Talbot arrives and wakes Banner up.  He he tells him that the bomb was never halted and had been detonated.  We see Betty at home and suddenly Ross comes busting through the wall.  Ross’ Hulk can think – but he can’t verbalize anything – he just grunts yells.  Betty is terrified – and Ross sees why when he looks into the mirror.  He flees the house and jumps off.  Banner and Talbot find Jones’ squished corpse.  Meanwhile, Igor is driving Ross’ jeep away from the base to get away – but Ross recognizes his jeep and lands in front of it.  The jeeps crashes into him – Ross realizes it was Igor who is to blame for his condition and throws the jeep and it blows up – which makes Ross very happy.  He screams in triumph – and that’s when the army shows up and tries to take Ross down.  Much like the Hulk, when cornered, Ross begins to tear apart the army’s defense – kicking and throwing tanks – destroying everything is sight.  Ross finally jumps away, back to his house, and suddenly sees that one of the tanks he threw has landed on his house.  The house that Betty was in – and was in when the tank landed.  Ross drops to his knees and breaks down realizing he has killed his own daughter.  Bruce is there and he tells Ross that Betty is in fact dead – and the time for words is over.  As Ross cries Bruce raises a gun to the back of Ross’ head and pulls the trigger.

Bruce shoots Ross - like I have wanted to do SO many times!

Bruce shoots Ross - like I have wanted to do SO many times!

A very violent and amazing issue – it’s such a great issue that makes you look at each character differently.  I freakin’ loved it!  Read this issue of you can – it’s pretty easy to come by.  Issue:  A

Marvel Origins Hulk Statue (2007)

Marvel Origins Hulk Statue

Marvel Origins Hulk Statue

Hulk - Lookin all sexy!

Hulk - Lookin all sexy!

Well, as you can tell, Statue won.  I can’t believe it either – art is one of a kind stuff!  You won’t see it anywhere else!  Yet, a very slim margin wanted to see another statue – so here it is…

I’ll be honest here – the statue, it’s small – and not the best Hulk item you can pick up.  It’s bigger than a lot of the statues in this line – and the Hulk himself actually looks pretty interesting.  He keeps the square shape of his head – the original pose of the Hulk from the very first issue.  But it doesn’t just recreate the cover – it combines the Hulk from the cover and the shot of Bruce Banner when the Gamma-Bomb went off.

Bruce - Igor didn't halt the countdown!

Bruce - Igor didn't halt the countdown!

Why are you wearing purple pants Bruce?

Why are you wearing purple pants Bruce?

The base of this statue is a bit heavy – and actually a nice heft for the size.  I enjoy seeing different sculptor’s interpretations of the Hulk.  You might be able to find this for cheap on ebay.  I bought it at the same time I purchased the Hulk Maquette re-paint and the Malcuso kit.  Since I was buying so much then the owner gave me a great deal.

The Base

The Base

The run on these statues are 2500 – and this one is # 389.  If you can get this for cheap I’d do it.  For cheap…