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Marvel Comics Presents #26 (1989) – The Review

Marvel Comics Presents #26

Fixit is on the job!

Another Fixit story by Purves and David.  This little tale follows Fixit as he arrives to collect some money from a guy who owns a Sea World type amusement park called Maritime or something… anyways, the guy doesn’t have the money for Fixit so he offers up the park.  The Hulk asks why he’d want the fish factory and the guy shows Hulk the Whale show.  Suddenly the whale begins to get out of control – coincidentally this is part of the show that Fixit likes  – but when the rogue whale starts to head for the crowd the Hulk springs into action and beats the whale up and sends it back into the sea.  There the Hulk encounters some fish people who had been controlling the whale – I think… it’s been a while since I read it – but hey, I remember it as being one of the best little Fixit stories in the MCP series.  Grade: B+

Who knew Fixit was a Sea World fan?

Hulk - taking care of business!

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Marvel Comics Presents #95 (1992) – The Review

Heroes... nothing like the one with the Cheer Leader...

Heroes... nothing like the one with the Cheer Leader...

One of my least favorite stories here – one called “Heroes” – see, little Johnny meets the Hulk but the Hulk, not having time to waste, tells the kid to buzz off.  Little Johnny idolizes the Hulk and starts to pump up and treat all of his friends the way the Hulk treated him.  Little Johnny’s friends don’t take too kindly to that and they gang up and beat the crap out of him.  Johnny learns real quick that he’s no Hulk.  Later, a stupid looking villain who would have liked to call himself “Nomad” but couldn’t since that name was already taken, is in a fight with the Hulk.  Not only that but this bozo seems to be winning.

Hulk gets his butt handed to him way too many times in this story

Hulk gets his butt handed to him way too many times in this story

Little Johnny happens upon this fight and as the villain is just about to land a blow on the Hulk Johnny hits him with his book bag.  When the villain turns his attention to Johnny the Hulk takes the upper hand in the fight and beats the ridiculous villain.  The Hulk tells little Johnny that he didn’t need the help and jumps off.

Hulk shrank - or little johnny needs to be tested for steroids

Hulk shrank - or little johnny needs to be tested for steroids

One of the worst drawn stories I have ever seen – from panel to panel the Hulk looks different sizes – in one panel it even looks like the Hulk isn’t that much bigger than little Johnny.  Terrible art – and just as bad a story.  Grade: F

I just realized I never took a picture of the cover from the comic this took place in – I will do so and update this post accordingly – sorry Gammabros!

Marvel Comics Presents #78 (1991) – The Review

Marvel Comics Presents #78

Marvel Comics Presents #78

Green Hulk on the back cover - Grey Hulk inside!

Green Hulk on the back cover - Grey Hulk inside!

Here’s one of the more… unusual stories.  The Hulk is hanging out in a bar – Selene, the Black Queen, walk in and tries to cozy on up to the Hulk.  Hulk tells her that he’s “Not Interested” (Which is also the title of this sordid little tale).  Selene tries to get the Hulk’s attention, first by flashing her “goods” and telling him that she’s a God – then she sucks face with a guy and sucks the life right out of him and even hits the Hulk with a psychic blast.  Each time the Hulk responds with a “Not interested”.  Finally, though, after she has sufficiently aggravated him and now tries to get him to leave the Hulk tells her there is a reason he’s not interested…

Hulk... drinking his problems away

Hulk... drinking his problems away

Selene - being sutble...

Selene - being subtle...

Back at the Hellfire Club, Magneto calls to Selene who informs him that she has learned a lesson in arrogance tonight.  Magneto calls out her name and she responds with “Not interested.”

Hulk being... not so subtle!

Hulk being... not so subtle!

One of the more interesting stories – but hey – still showed off a little of the Hulks ability to scare off powerful mutants – Grade: B-

Marvel Comics Presents #38 (1989) – The Review

Marvel Comics Presents #38

Marvel Comics Presents #38

This story, entitled “Art for Art’s Sake”, has Fixit being sent to a musician’s house to strong arm him into playing at Mr. B’s girlfriend’s party.  See, when Brian Newman was an up and comer Mr. B helped him get on his feet and become a best selling artist.  So, Hulk heads out to Brian Newman’s place and when confronted Newman tells Fixit to go ahead and break his hands.  He would rather that then play the terrible songs he was forced to sing to become a best-seller.  He tells Fixit that Mr. B did help him – but on his terms only – forced him to sing pop songs he hated.  Newman tells the Hulk about the latest project – the music that comes from his soul – he even plays it for Fixit.

Do you take requests?  Can you play Superfreak?

Do you take requests? Can you play Superfreak?

After this Fixit call up Mr. B and tells him that Newman won’t be playing the party.  To hire Wayne Newton instead.  The story is fine – I’m not sure if this guy could convince the Hulk to defy Mr. B – but it’s like the old adage “Music soothes the savage beast” – so whatever.  Grade: C

Is this Domino Pizza?

Is this Domino Pizza?

Marvel Comics Presents #45 (1990) – The Review

Marvel Comics Presents #45

Marvel Comics Presents #45

So, in the hey day of Mr. Fixit, it seems there were plenty of writers wanting to take a crack at this great persona of the Hulk.  While the stories weren’t very long they were absolutely entertaining – and this one is my favorite.  Why?  It’s entitled “The Main Event” and it matches up the Incredible Hulk vs. The Hulk… the freakin’ wrestler!  While this isn’t the most accurate in history or character sense – how can you not be entertained by it?  I’ll explain…

Back cover - almost looks like Larson - but it's not...

Back cover - almost looks like Larsen - but it's not...

This issue wraps up in a few short pages and literally has the wrestler Hulk shooting his mouth off about how he is the best and strongest out there.  That’s when the real Hulk has had enough and jumps into the ring to silence the buffoon.  As the real Hulk embarrasses the wrestler with every move a fan, watching from home, is remarking on how the wrestler Hulk is really getting pummeled.  Then the Hulk hits the… uhhh… Hulk out of the building, sending him across town and landing in the fan’s living room.  The story ends with the Hulk threatening to teach the other wrestlers using superhero aliases a lesson if they keep using the name to get ahead.  As the referee announces the Hulk as the winner the Hulk remarks that he can call him Mr. Fixit – and they can call me Incredible you-know-what.

Hulk vs Hulk - but Hulk isn't fairing well against the Hulk

Hulk vs Hulk - but Hulk isn't fairing well against the Hulk

The reason why it’s not very accurate is because Fixit didn’t want to be found out as the Hulk – he would never risk getting spotted and losing his cushy little job just to defend the “Hulk” name – which he wasn’t even very fond of.  But who freakin’ cares!  This story is classic just for the match up!  How can you not love this story?  Grade: A

Thor looks a bit prissy to be a wrestler...

Thor looks a bit prissy to be a wrestler...

Marvel Comics Presents #6 (1988) – The Review

Marvel Comics Presents #6

Marvel Comics Presents #6

This issue was harder to find than I thought it would be – and I was a little surprised to hear the Hulk was in it because he’s not on the cover – no, instead he’s on the back cover – and you can tell by the image it’s the grey Hulk, not just the grey Hulk, but it’s Fixit!  And it’s Purves who’s illustrating it!  I know people give Purves a lot of guff for his run on the Hulk but I still contend that I think his run is one of my favorites! 

Back Cover - there's the Hulk!

Back Cover - there's the Hulk!

The story is a very quick one entitled Risky Business.  The story opens with the other Casino/Mob bosses talking about taking out Berengetti new bruiser – the one they call Fixit!  They send an army of men who explode into Fixit’s room, destroying it, but Joe easily dispatches them, throwing them out the window.  As the rest of the men retreat Mr. B. shows up and pays for Fixit’s new suit and his date with Marlo.  Fixit and Marlo go to the other casinos on the strip and threatens them into letting him win at roulette.  Not a bad little story – but it also didn’t make a lot of sense… Grade C+

Purves - the guy really is pretty darn talented!

Purves - the guy really is pretty darn talented!

Marvel Comics Presents: Hulk vs. the Entire Universe (2008)

HULKVSUNIVERSE

Within these pages contains four stories.  The first story that features the Hulk is the second story that has Machine Man being beaten by the Hulk who is looking for a woman.  The Hulk thinks that Machine Man knows where she is.  He doesn’t.  But Hulk doesn’t take no for an answer.  The ending is surley one of those that feels like a classic Hulk story.  Hulk, as angry as he gets starts smashing things about everywhere.  A woman gets caught in all the demolition and the Hulk saves her – only to have her call him a monster.  Then, in a twist of fate, Machine Man is also called a monster by the same woman he was trying to reassure.

Ed McGuinness illustrates the third story that shows an entire planet torn apart by Gamma Radiation.  A figure that looks like the Maestro defies an order by a person that looks like the Leader who demands surrender.  Faced with a mighty army of Gamma Irradiated People the Maestro turns his army into Hulks as well and the two armies fight.  The Maestro’s army wins and to save everyone on the planet he sends the army of Hulks into space to be destroyed.  Pretty sad but good story.

If you enjoy the Hulk this is a good comic to pick up – it also features stories with Vangaurd and Weapon Omega.  B-