Sure enough – true to my word – I made it my quest to find someone selling The Mighty World of Marvel #198 (The equivalent to The Incredible Hulk #181) without trying to over charge me. It’s sort of too bad looking through ebay now. What used to be a site full of bargains – one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, after all – is now full of scalpers and flippers who are just out to take advantage of someone. (Yes, I am looking at you “Stretch King”).
Sure enough, with a little bit of time, I found a seller that charged a VERY decent price for this black and white reprint… with free shipping 🙂
So, now I have all 4 parts, with my favorite cover being issue #197, of one of the better written Wendigo stories. Such a classic Hulk villain corrupted by that hack Loeb… will Wendigo ever be able to live down the embarrassment of his appearance in the truly forgettable Jeph Loeb series? Hopefully! Unfortunately, Pak certainly didn’t do much to help things in his swan song – but we do have the re-boot to look forward to!
The Mighty World of Marvel #197
Speaking of Wolverine… overseas they released what they called the Mighty World of Marvel – and what that was were black and white reprints. I have not been able to track down #198 – the reprint of Wolvie’s first (really second) appearance. I did get this one though – #197, Wolverine’s cameo (first real appearance). The cover is absolutely bad ass! Wendigo is one of the best Hulk villains ever – and this is true Trimpe style!
Wendigo vs Hulk - one of the best fights ever!
While #198 is basically the same as the cover to #181 – #197 looks nothing like #180. That’s because #196 does! That’s right – the trilogy is actually spread out between 4 different issues in this series. #196-#199. I have every issue on its way… except #198. Damn Wolverine.
The Money Shot!
The art inside is all the same – just no color – and there are some pin ups, like the one below. This is a pretty great series to have – if you want to -but if you HAVE to choose to get the US series and this – absolutely get the US series!
Hulk/Leader pin up!