This mag has been on the stands for over a month now and if you can still find it it’s worth the read! The exhaustive history of the Jade Giant is covered here – from his indelible take over of the Tales to Astonish title to the end of his return to his “grey” roots and his stint in Las Vegas. They also cover the animated series from the 80s and the live-action television show and it’s impact on the comic. They give us a quick grace over of the merchandising adorning the shelves back in the seventies and eighties and John “Stretch Hulk” Cimino (of Hero Envy) does a fantastic review of the early, maddening life of the Abomination.
I just finished this issue and read it cover to cover. I only wish social media was around when a few of these partnerships ended. I can imagine how Byrne would have taken to his message boards to inform his minions about how Marvel was screwing him over. Even more, I would have loved to hear, straight from either horse’s mouths, what happened between McFarlane and PD. I always find myself siding with PD on most issues – but who knows? I love the drama and I can be swayed with a convincing argument.
Pick up this issue if you see it on the shelves. For any other reason than just the sweet Herb Trimpe cover – but in fact, pick up a subscription to this mag for some fantastic articles every issue! When Wizard folded it left a huge hole in the Comic Industry Magazine section. There is nothing out there now – mainly due to the internet’s vast and readily available content with almost immediate reporting as the story breaks. The only thing I despise about the online resources is the rumors that are reported – and then debunked days later – or the overly opinionated articles (like this blog is filled with) that report a one-sided story. Back Issues fills the void – to a certain extent – and gives you some entertaining articles about this niche market.
The Defenders #13 & #16
So, having every Hulk issue has its advantages – but let’s face it – it far from having every comic that the Hulk has appeared in. I decided my next quest will be gathering the original Defenders. I am off to a good start having found issues:
#13/#16/#17/#18/#19/#31/#40/#48/#52/#67/#68/80/#102/#119 (at the time I wrote this I only had these – but have now found a few more KEY ISSUES I will post for you next week!)
The Defenders #17 & #19
Seeing as there are only 150 issues of the original series I figure I will take my time in collecting these. I finished collecting the Hulk issues before I was even able to really enjoy it.
The Defenders #52 & #67 - Classic covers!
So, here’s the story, I bought #113 off ebay from a pretty reputable seller. But the comic never came. I emailed – but every one was with no response. I had to even file a claim with Paypal. It was really disheartening. As I was trying to collect every comic this little hurdle was quite surprising and unexpected.
I had a few friends helping me track issues down. My friend Corry was able to find quite a few issues for me. My other friend Bill got a couple as well – but it was Bill who called practically every comic shop in Connecticut – he called 27 comic shops all with disappointing results. Most of the other comic shops laughed at the idea of having back issues that old. Some mistook Bill’s request for #113 from 1969 as the recent Incredible Hulk – which is actually Incredible Hercules – when Bill asked the price and they informed him $2.99 Bill replied “Yeah, I don’t think we’re talking about the same book here.”
It was the 28th comic shop called Monkeyhead Comics on 273 Greenwood Ave. in Bethel, CT that had the right comic. The owner was very accommodating and willing to ship the comic out so that I didn’t have to make the 4+ hour trip. The copy was very well graded and was shipped a lot faster than the man said it would be. He promised to ship it out on Monday – instead I received it on Monday.
All around a great transaction and a great comic. While I have bought every issue – I still do not have every comic in my hand yet – so I’m still waiting for 3 comics to arrive. I will post it when I do. But anyone looking for Silver age to present comics – statues – trade paperbacks – anything! Just look up Monkeyhead comics in Bethel, CT and you can call at (203) 743-4123