Wolverine #66: Old Man Logan - Dynamic Forces Variant
I have been wanting to check out some CGC comics for a while now. I really want a #165 9.8 (or better) copy. But in my travels I really didn’t find anything worth picking up – either the grade was too low, the book wasn’t one of my favorites or people were asking too much for a nothing issue. Well, I went into Salem, MA the other day and walked into Harrison’s Comics and saw this – a 9.8 graded copy of Wolverine #66 – the start of Old Man Logan. An issue I had yet to acquire – and this was a beautiful copy!
9.8 - NM/M Comic
I believe they were asking too much – and even tried to haggle them down a bit – but ultimately they didn’t budge and I still went for it. I really struggled with whether or not to purchase – but in the end I did, mainly because this is a Herb Trimpe cover. Seriously, that’s why I did it in the end. I respect and admire Trimpe’s work that much I decided it was worth the money.
Herb Trimpe - A True Classic!
DF Hulk Bust
I really was not going to get this bust – I thought they were asking way too much for a sub-par rendition of the Hulk. There is a variant of this bust that was a Towers Records Exclusive – it featured the Hulk in mid transformation and there are just two words to describe it – UG and LEE. As with most Hulk pieces I always think of a price that I would pay for an item – and full retail was $50 – it might have been more – but I certainly wasn’t going to pay that. Here’s the thing – it’s not the worst bust I’ve seen – it’s just no where near the nicest.
So where does this bust go wrong? Well, let’s begin with the biggest issue, my biggest bone of contention… The name on the front. I hate busts with name plates. If you need a name plate with your bust then you shouldn’t have the bust – just my opinion… but even worse – this name blends into the base so badly that it makes no sense to even have there.
The name plate... what a waste
Next is the amount – the production run. There is no way this will ever be worth anything in the future with a high production run like this one has – how many did they make you ask? Only… 7,500. Yes, SEVEN THOUSAND and five hundred of these silly little things out there.
Kind of reminds me of Buscema's Hulk...
It’s too bad too – because the face sculpt isn’t half-bad! Ultimately, Hulksters, I would say if you can get a great deal on one of these, like I did, then go for it – but otherwise… leave it on the shelf.
# 2448 out of 7,500
Dynamic Forces 40th Anniversary Bust
I have an affinity for a certain color and sculpt of my Hulk items. Sometimes, just sometimes, a Hulk sculpt lends itself to both colors very well. I have the grey version of this bust – I love it so much I made it a personal quest to acquire the green version. Funny enough… the green isn’t as easy to come by. I found the grey and got it for a present and then set out to get this one. Every time I found one or one popped up on ebay it quickly climbed to a price that I wasn’t comfortable paying.
Then this auction came up. Funny enough it had a unique twist to it. It seems that the owner of this bust took it to get it signed by Herb Trimpe. Not the bust itself, mind you, just the box… Why would someone get just the box signed? Boxes are always nice to have, sure, but usually you put them away in your attic or your basement, but the point is… it’s not something you display… so… why? Here’s a shot:
Herb Trimpe Signature
So, yeah – Trimpe signed the box. That’s awesome. I guess. I could really care less because now the box is in my attic where no one sees it. The bust, however, is displayed right next to it’s grey partner. Notice the green version has the book turned upside-down. That’s because the green Hulk is actually stalking a girl across the room and trying to hide behind the book – but he’s not good with details. The girl is totally going to look over and see the him. She’s going to be like “Oh my God! Is that the f@*$in’ Hulk? I totally have a restraining order against him!” Hulk’s busted.
Close Up - look at the Book!
Actually, I love this bust. It’s so great – I am psyched to have both versions of this beautiful sculpture. Dynamic Forces hit it out of the park with this one. DF didn’t always have the best product (What? Abomination bust anyone? People have a real hate for that bust. I’m just saying…)
Hulk 1:1 Bust
Turn to the left!
I could be wrong here – but I think it came out in 2003. Anyways, It’s Friday and I’m all excited because I waited ’till the end of the week to show you this masterpiece (let you guys digest this awesomeness over the weekend). Based on Alex Ross’ artwork (who I’ve heard is a tool – but man, what a talented tool!) sculpted by the very talented Mike Hill it is the only Hulk life size collectible – that is until the life-size props came out – but still, this massive piece commands attention and has landed a coveted spot in my Hulk room.
Turn to the right!
The base of this guy has a small name plate on the front, I guess that’s my only real complaint here, not a fan of name plates at all. I know a guy who has a repaint of the bust. He didn’t like the color of the original. The color doesn’t really bother me. Sure, it could have been a different shade – more based off the comics kind of coloring – but this almost pleases the Grey and Green Hulk fans. At the same time!
Comparison Pic with the Bowen 2003 Hulk statue
They made 1,962 of these green goliaths – commemorating the year he was created (finally, someone got it right!) and this is #458. I ask though, looking at the Sideshow LSB and this – why do the sculpters continually sculpt the Hulk’s face with gritting teeth? A much better facial expression of anger is the screaming Hulk. If screaming isn’t really an option then how about a miffed smirk? Why not? Why does he always have to bear his teeth like he’s trying out for the next Crest commercial?
Another comparison - with SS PF - but there is no beating the PF!
As you can tell the only other Hulk piece that beats this massive guy is the Sideshow Hulk PF. But even he gets a run for his money! Hope everyone enjoys their weekend – I will return on Monday. Next week I will show one of my favorite Hulk movie merchandise pieces ever!
I did get the Graham Cracker exclusive variant of the “Gray” bust. This version is actually better than I thought it would be. The color is really bright and the sculpt look appropriate for the color in both. I think these busts are the weakest of all the busts – but still, in person, they look rather cool. Especially if you have both and display them together.
This is still limited to 1963 (which still makes no sense – but this one is # 1399) and why does the variant say “Gray Hulk” while this one just says “Hulk”. I think a variant should also have a lower run. Just my opinion – but I think it would be cooler to have both statues if they BOTH didn’t ahve a run of 1,963. Nevermind it being the wrong number to commemerate the date of our favorite green and grey goliath!
This controversial bust is a very unique vision of the Hulk’s 2nd best enemy -The Abomination. The Abomination never really looked like this in the comics, and he seems to be scared of something. Dynamic Forces produced 350 pieces (what was originally supposed to be 750) but maybe it just wasn’t popular enough.
This one is #31. I really like this version of the Abomination – and it doesn’t hurt that I got it for an amazingly reduced price from the original retail price of $150.00. Let’s say – I didn’t pay anything near that.
This leaning Hulk bust came out in 2003. His pecs seem to be shrinking. The sculpt is a unique look at the Hulk – can’t say it’s the best – but it isn’t terrible. Why is his shirt poking up like that though?
The bust is limited to just 1,963 (again, he came out in 1962 – so why 1963?) and this is #1,954. They even spell grey the “other” way. There is a very limited green version – but I almost never got this version so I highly doubt I will ever pick that up. It actually looks a lot better in person. The facial expression can’t be beat.