I recently received an inquiry about a comic that is in possession of viewer of this blog. He had the above comic and was inquiring about what it was. He knew it wasn’t an original copy of Hulk #1 but couldn’t find information on what he thought was a reprint. Well, after some digging, I was informed by someone that this is actually a piece of the first trade ever released by Marvel titled “Origins of Marvel Comics”. While the trade is very sought after by collectors – having only a piece of the trade, like this, has unfortunately no real value.
The man who let me know – we’ll call him Bud (mainly because that’s his name) – sent me the pics of the trade cover and the page inside. He let me know he has seen it a few times – especially when the trade first came out – where people cut out the pieces of the trade and sold them off as original #1’s. Please be aware!
For the record – this is what a authentic #1 looks like:
What to get into first? I have so much to share! I was lucky enough to have the morning off and planned to get to the LCS before it opened – waiting outside the door until they opened the doors, rush inside and get my issues. But it was raining – so I just waited in my car until the neon “OPEN” sign came on and then strolled into the shop. No rushing needed – as I was the only one there. But that’s alright – I was still excited! I knew there were quite a number of variants to get – 7 covers in all – and I had the manager putting them aside for me – so I wasn’t worried about getting them all. But I was interested in picking up quite a number of blank covers because I am working on something… secret right now!
#1 with Super Rare Sketch Variant
So, what do I discuss first here? Story? Art? The variants? Let’s start with just that – the variants! The regular cover has become well known now as it’s the same art that was used in all of the promotion for the re-launch. My favorite cover is the 1:15 Ladronn Hulk cover. The sheer intensity of the illustration screams out “Hulk!” Another – the Neal Adams cover – is a cool idea but I think the face sort of ruins the whole cover. Portacio’s art is… what it is – a decent cover. Some say it’s a “3 per retailer” variant – and others have it listed as a 1:15. Either way, I have it. The Keown variant – a 1:50 – is an amazing shot… of the Hulk’s foot. I know what he was going for here – but it doesn’t work.
1:50 Keown Variant
The rarest variant of them all is the 1:100 sketch cover. I HATE that. A black and white version of the regular cover? What genius! And by genius I mean loser. But yes, I have that one too…
My favorite variant:
1:15 Ladronn Variant
The story is an interesting one – I didn’t read very much of the Fear Itself event – didn’t really interest me – but I do know that the Hulk and Banner were separated. Aaron has made a curious and enthralling debut with the Hulk being asked to stop the one thing more dangerous than himself – and that’s… himself. Or, his other self. Banner. He’s asked to stop Banner. Banner looks as though he’s gone a little batty – trying to make himself another Hulk.
1:15 Portacio Variant
A few years ago we could have all said “That was a unique set of circumstances that could not be duplicated – Hulk is one of a kind” but of course, that is all ruined now (thanks Joey Q and Loeb – please, do me a favor, punch yourselves in the face) because MODOK and the Leader created the Red Hulk – who is basically the same character – just red. So why can’t Banner? But whatever – like I said, Aaron has written an interesting jumping on point.
Silvestri does not impress me with the art - there are a few good shots - but the majority is not good
The art – I wasn’t so jazzed about. Silvestri is a great artist, don’t get me wrong, but he’s NOT a great Hulk artist. There are some great looking pages – and others… not so much. I did dig the Dr. Moreau feeling that Banner’s lab had to it – but I was underwhelmed with the issue’s art overall. And that’s all I will really say about that.
Another Good Hulk Shot
Now, the Hulk has been separated from Banner a few times before – under Byrne he became a mindless raging monster – and under PD he is much pretty much as he is here – only now, he’s going to stop Banner! It’s something I didn’t think I’d ever see. It’s certainly an interesting premise. So, should you guys bother picking this issue up? Absolutely – buy it – buy it NOW! I’m thinking we’re in good hands with Aaron. Grade: B+
I know I have shown these before but the truth is… as I have been continuing this site I have gotten better at posting pictures, and I have a better camera as well – not to mention I have been trying to update my COMICS 1 page to link all the issues to blurbs or posts of the actual issues – so this will serve two purposes. 1) me getting to show off the gems of my entire collection – and 2) I will be able to link this post to the listing of the first 6 on that page. So… Enjoy!
Incredible Hulk #1
Issue #1 I think any fan of this site knows the story of my acquisition to this beauty! I know, I know… it’s beat to hell… what can I say? I cannot afford nice things… 🙂 but any copy of this legendary issue is going to run a small fortune. Luckily, I am a very patient person. That patience has proven to be very useful time and time again – as this issue was listed on ebay as follows: “incredible hublk #1”. The issue was listed at $700 – what a poor copy would go for at the time – and luckily I was pretty much the only bidder on this!
Incredible Hulk #2
Issue #2 is not as interesting of a story – but it’s funny enough. Again, another issue I found on ebay – this one was a BIN auction for $250 – but I emailed the guy and asked if he would take $225. Not only did he agree – he sent it to me for free. He was a MA resident so he felt a kin-ship – which was great! For me! This happens to be one of my favorite covers of all time. First appearance of the green Hulk.
Incredible Hulk #3
The 3rd Issue is somewhat a better grade than the others. This issue was another fond experience off ebay – I wish I had better stories for these – but honestly – ebay was a saving grace in acquiring the key issues. This is another of my favorite comic covers – the issue itself is pretty great as well – in it contains the “Clown Hulk” and Rick Jones in charge of the Hulk’s mind.
Incredible Hulk #4
Issue #4 I DIDN’T get off ebay! That’s right! I actually found this issue on another comic auction site called Comic Link that my friend Corry informed me about. This is where most serious collectors visit to get their comics – and original comic art. They have some real beauties on there – Kirby’s and Trimpe’s – just get your wallet out and be ready to make it cry… This cover is my least favorite of the bunch. It’s not eye catching at all. Funny enough though… the story inside is one of the best of the originals.
Incredible Hulk #5
Here is #5. This one remains to be close to my heart – because it was a birthday gift. It might even have been my 21st birthday. My friend Corry found this in Brockton for a very affordable price – mainly because it’s beat to hell… I’ve even had a few opportunities to upgrade this issue – but I just can’t do it. This issue has a personal meaning. It’s nice to have issues like that.
Incredible Hulk #6
Issue #6 is rare. Real rare. My issue has to be one of the WORST condition copies that I own – but I don’t care. I have it. I love it. I may upgrade at some point in the future if the opportunity presents itself… but until then… I have this. Hulk… in his purple panties.
There you have it – all 6 issues of the original run. I guess we Hulk fans are lucky in respect to the fact that we only have 6 issues to obtain as the Silver-Age comics. I mean Spiderman fans a SOOL because they have to get Amazing Fantasy #15 AND the first 100 or so issues of Amazing. Even some of the issues after 100 are hard to come by – like issues #119 and #120. So yeah, we’re lucky. And I’m lucky to have these. I know it. I’m lucky to have a wife wonderful enough to look the other way when I hit the BID button on an ebay auction.
By the way – just to let all you MA residents know – Chris’ Comics in Marshfield just got in a copy of Incredible Hulk #4 – a really decent copy – so if any one is looking for this issue go visit Chris’ Comics – or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know – I can pass the message along!
So, here it is! I don’t even know what to write! I finally got it! Finally found a pretty reasonable copy that isn’t in too bad condition either! The cover is full – and the comic is complete – and it felt so good to finally get a copy. I found this on ebay – and maybe it was the ebay boycott, or the economy – or the fact that is was a new ebayer – or whatever other reason people want to give for no one buying anything – I was one of 3 bidders on this and no one outbid me – although with 13 seconds left someone came close! But no cigar means no Hulk #1! I am too ecstatic for words!
And just to let you know… I have 13 issues left to get – but I will get to that later.
Every time I opened a new part to this statue I just kept saying “Wow!” or “Holy crap!” This enormous statue is a little bigger than the Bowen Green Hulk and re-creates the cover to The Incredible Hulk #1. Even the backing of this statue is jaw dropping.
Let’s start with the fact that you receive 2 statues with this piece – A Hulk, of course, but also a Bruce Banner. Such detail went into this piece that they even made a wristwatch on the arm of Bruce Banner, underneath his lab-coat, you can’t even see it when you look at it dead on! But it’s there!
The size of this piece is awe inspiring. The Hulk, very Frankenstein-ish, looks just as he did when he first appeared, right down to his dead yellow eyes. I can’t say enough great things about this piece – and in a year that has had some great Hulk statues – that is saying a whole lot! It is limited to 2500 and this one is #423.
I bought this statue off ebay and got a really good price for it. If you pick up one Hulk piece – then you’re crazy. You need this statue, but then again, you need them all!
This statue comes in 4 pieces – packed away so nicely, it’s almost a shame to rip them out of the Styrofoam.
The 2nd highest CGC graded Incredible Hulk #1 is for sale. The price is a somewhat hefty $100,000. If I had so much money I didn’t know what to do with it then I would pick this up. Turns out, that is not the case… yet. I am more of a Dollar-aire like you see on the McDonald’s commercial – except prettier and with a shiny head.
UPDATE: The Comic is longer on sale at the site so it must’ve been sold. Sold to someone who loves the Hulk more than I! That’s both beautiful and sad.
These are the Luck Boxes I have so far. Most are novelty lunch pails, not really used for lunches. The only genuine lunchbox in this set is the metal one with Spiderman and the Hulk on it. The otherside features Captian America, who died this year, so it’s not a real HULK lunch box. I’ve seen many of these on ebay going for waaaayyy too much, so I will wait and see what comes my way.
Notice the re-coloring of the Hulk from grey to green on the lunchbox featuring Incredible Hulk #1? They do that a few times with items that I have. Boo to that. It’s like when they go back and colorize old movies. It just shouldn’t be done.