Marvel Masterworks #167
Yes, the new Hulk MM volume is out. I picked up the gold frame cover (#167) and they are now getting into one of my favorite era’s of the Hulk. Trimpe is really getting his confidence in drawing the Jade Giant in all of his glory – and the Leader is ever present! For me, there is not a miss in this collection – every story is amazing – pick up this book, is you can!
I just finished the last Defenders MM so this came at a perfect time – I don’t get a whole lot of time to read extra stuff. It’s funny – I like the Omnibus format but haven’t touched it because I read the issues a few times over in other books. This is why I LOVE the MM books – these I can take with me anywhere – and when I find a myself with a few extra minutes before I have to do a job – I crack open a MM and go into my job with a great attitude!
Get it while you can!
I’ve started compiling a list of the MM that the Hulk is in – and am on my way to getting most of the books. I didn’t start collecting these books until 3 years ago – when I received the first Hulk MM from my friend Corry as a birthday present. Since then, I have all of the Hulk MM as well as the Defenders, some X-Men, Spiderman and Fantastic Four. One of the best things about these books is the amazing presentation of these hardcover bound books. They really go all out when putting these together – usually giving a few extras a the end. Anyone who buys these books deserves extras – as you will be parted from a bit of cash when you get them.
Fantastic Four MM
Most will set you back about $50 – but be a smart shopper and you can find them for about $20 – the only issue I have recently is finding shops that will still carry them. Most stores don’t bother ordering these books anymore – unless you specifically ask – and at that point, unless you are a loyal customer and the owner feels like doing you a favor, you will be paying close to retail. So, if you seek these – it’s time to hit the online shops. One of the early mistakes I made was picking up the grey covers for a few of the books in the beginning – but the way to go is to make sure you get the more limited “Gold Frame” covers. I have Gary Miller to thank for that!
Amazing Spiderman MM
Now, Omnibus collections are a whole different monster all together. Should you choose to purchase one of these gigantic books you must be aware of a few things. #1) These books are heavy! So heavy in fact that you may have trouble reading these while doing certain activities – like reading on the toilet – or sitting on the beach and relaxing. If that’s what you want to do – these are NOT the books for you. Find a comfortable place to sit, rest the colossal book on your lap and read as much as you can before the weight of it starts cutting off your circulation!
The Omnibus I have...
#2) Be aware that most of these books are priced at $99.99 – no matter the size. Which, to me, seems like B.S. For example – the Incredible Hulk Omnibus is over 700 pages – while the Secret Wars Omni – just over 400, but – you guessed it – BOTH are priced at $99.99. What BS is that?
Anyways – enough blubbering – I will continue this rant in another post…
I did get a few extra pieces that I’ll share – just a couple of small things – and the last piece of art I never showed off. I will start with the Hulk mini-plush. In the entire con I could only find one Hulk – they had a ton of the other characters – but only one Hulk. I picked it up – and then picked up another for Lex.
I also saw this guy selling a few magnets and pins – I chose a few Hulk magnets 🙂
MM - Avengers 11-20
I did pick up a few very affordable Marvel Masterworks. They both feature the Hulk in at least one issue:
MM - Amazing Spiderman 11-20
Last but not least – the Matt Fletcher Hulk bust I had done. This was the last piece that I picked up – and I have to say, Uminga PH was a close second, but this Hulk bust takes the cake! Next year I will make sure I have the funds to get a full body piece from both Chris and Matt. Actually, I have an idea – one that I will not disclose here just yet – both Chris and Matt were on board with trying out. Hoo-Boy – you guys will be in for a treat! All in all – this year was one of the best Con years ever!
Matt Fletcher Hulk Bust
Defenders - the first release
Now, here are the latest MM I’ve picked up. I am making sure not to be swindled into purchasing the silver editions anymore – I think, like Gary Miller said in the comments last week, it looks so much better to have the books that look similar.
Defenders - 2nd release
Of course the most recent in these pictures is the second Defenders volume. One thing I love about these issues is when they collect every issue that pertains to the storyline – even when it’s not part of the series. The Defenders do that – the first volume doesn’t just start with issue #1 – or even Marvel Features Presents #1 – no, they go back to the SubMariner #34/35. I love that!
FF with Hulky issues #111 and #112
The very rare Amazing Spiderman #119 and #120 are reprinted here
I picked up the volume with Hulk guest shots in Spiderman, X-Men and FF as well – I have almost every volume of the FF that has the Hulk in it – this one having issue #112 in it. Funny enough – the Hulk also appears at the end of issue #111, also has quick shots in #113, #114 and #116. I would never have known that if not for these collections! Take my advice – make sure you do not pay full price – find someone selling for at least 20%-50% off. That’s how I roll…
Hulky goodness all over this MM - X-Men volume.
MM Volume #8
MM Volume #39
I ended up picking up all of the green cover/gold frame Hulk MM. It was bothering me too much not have them all this way. When I originally picked up a grey cover it was a direct order from my LCS and that’s what they gave me. It goes without saying that they no longer get my business when it comes to these books.
MM Volume #56 - For some reason THIS book was the hardest for me to track down for a reasonable price
I love the MM collections. I think I picked one of these up for retail – and from then on I’ve been smarter than that. Most of the time I can find these on ebay for a good deal – or amazon – or even better, I wait till some of the comic shops are having a good sale and I snag which ever ones I want. I am currently up to date with the Hulk MM – but I am also seeking out some of his better appearances. You’ll see what I mean next Wednesday…
MM Volume #78
MM Volume #115 - The latest to be released
I was psyched to pick up the first MM Defenders – and in the previews for the summer months it states a new volume is coming out in May – click on the image to find out more!
Back of Book
Any self respecting Hulk fan will of course have the Avengers MM in their collection… of course any self respecting Hulk fan would also have the Defenders MM in their collection – but, like I said earlier, I WILL get them! Anyways, the above is the First Edition gold foil cover – Volume ___ while below is the Thor MM silver cover. The greatest part of the Hulk vs Thor is you see a different perspective of the Avengers #3. That is why I have shown these 2 together. Besides – the JIM MM has the first appearance of Absorbing Man – one of the better MU villains – never mind the better Hulk villain!
Journey Into Mystery MM
Back of Book