Tag Archives: Zapp Comics

Free Comic Book Day Sketch Covers 2016


Nick Justus’ Classic Hulk


Zapp Comics knows how to put on a sketch party!  A couple of years ago I was able to get down to help my friend Corry on Free Comic Book Day!  It was insane there – the lines were out the door and the crowds didn’t stop until closing at 8:00pm.  Of course, one of the perks about being so close to the city is that the Joe Kubert School is nearby!


Erik Klaus’ Hulk


Corry invites some of the students to come and show off their amazing skills to the fine people who patronize their fine establishment.  I was lucky enough to nab a sketch from each of the artists there including a great guy and friend Nick Justus, Emma Kubert and Idan Knafo Kerbis.


Idan Knafo Kerbis’ Mr. Fixit



Emma Kubert’s Green Hulk


It was exciting and I hope to go back to another sketch party soon!  If only I can find time in my busy schedule!


Bella Rachlin’s Savage Hulk



Nick Justus Free Comic Book Day Sketch (2015)


There is quite a bit I need to update on this site, I know it to be true, but with two kids I hardly have time to post!  Many of you who follow this blog know that long hiatuses are common place.  It’s not that I want them to be – it’s just how it is for now.  I spent this year’s Free Comic Book Day in New Jersey helping my good friend Corry Brown handle the crowds at his shop, Zapp Comics, where he had a huge crowd lined up before the doors even opened up.

He had a talented man named Nick Justus doing free sketches and I asked him for a Captain America for my daughter.  When he handed it over I was floored at the quality of his work!  Remind me to get a shot of that Cap to show you guys – my daughter is sleeping right now so I’m not going to risk waking her up – but then I asked him to draw me a Hulk.  He agreed and delivered a Buscema inspired raging Hulk!  Nick was able to capture the anger of the Hulk in a way that I’ve not seen some Hulk artists do!  Look him up and friend him on Facebook!  He’s worth knowing!  Talented and super friendly guy!

Want Something Sweet for Your Ears?


Zapp Comics – the best comic shop that New Jersey has to offer – also does a regular podcast.  If you’ve never listened to it then do yourself a favor and download an episode tonight!  Like, literally after you read this sentence, download an episode!  Why not start with the episode I was asked to appear on to discuss the brilliant Planet Hulk series!  So much fun – hopefully we’ll do it again real soon!

Mention in the comments a subject you’d like to hear me and Corry discuss in the future.

Click the image to be brought to the FB page.

Mini-Haul Monday!

red Zapp 001

Just got back from NJ with the wife visiting family… and of course I had to hit up  Zapp Comics in Wayne – because, not only does one of my best friends work there, but it is probably one of the greatest comic shops on the planet!  A couple shots of my mini-haul – some of which you will see in the upcoming weeks!

red Zapp 009

Who Wants to Have a Great Time?

Yup – that’s right – Zapp Comics in Wayne, NJ has the Hulk coming to the store for Free Comic Book Day!  If you are any kinds of awesome you will go to there and take a picture of yourself giving the Hulk a high-5, then send me the pic because I will post them on here!


I was in Jersey this past weekend – and I don’t mean it like “Ewww… I had to go to Jersey” I mean it like “Yay!  I was in Jersey!” and Corry (from Zapp Comics in Wayne, NJ) had the honor of taping a quick Hulk video – click on the image to see it!

My Thanksgiving!

A Sealed Bottle of the 2003 Hulk Chocolate Syrup!

This trip to NJ was a blast – and one of the things that actually made me remember being a Hulk fan!  Quite a few things happened this week, by the way, I hope every US fan of this blog had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!  Now, last time I posted I told you guys that I was able to snag a bottle of the 2003 Hulk Hershey’s Syrup off of ebay.  I told you of my intent to partake in a glass of 7 to 8 year-old chocolate milk with one of my closest friends, my friend Corry.

This is a $2.00 Bottle of Happiness!

The seller contacted me about the syrup – saying he was going to mail it Friday and that he was not sure it would make it to my house by Tuesday.  I was bummed but I understood.  I was thinking that winning the auction was a waste now – but oh well.  Amazingly, the syrup showed up in all it’s glory on Monday!  I was so psyched!  I even snapped a photo with my daughter:

Alexandra and the Bottle of Hulky Syrup!

As you can see – the bottle is (sorry – was!) still sealed.  My first thought is “who the hell kept a sealed bottle of this syrup for almost a full decade?”  But my next tought was just excitement about ripping it open and tasting the green deliciousness!  Oh, that’s right – for all of you who did not know – let me explain.

Corry Before the Tasting!

The Thanksgiving Feast!

The 2003 Hulk may still remain as one of the most merchandised Marvel movies ever.  When the 2003 movie was released the Hulk was everywhere!  You could not go anywhere without seeing the green hue of the menacing monster.  It was awesome!  Hershey’s did a promotional syrup for the movie where, instead of the regular syrup turning milk into delicious, brown chocolate milk, this syrup turned your milk into a tall glass of GREEN chocolate milk!  Green!  And it tasted exactly like regular chocolate milk!

The Opening!

The Pouring!

I haven’t had a glass of this treat since 2003 – but there was no way I was going this alone!  And I knew there was only ONE person who would want to be part of this moment with me – Corry Brown!  And the perfect setting for our experimental tasting of 7-year-old chocolate milk… was of course ZAPP Comics in Wayne, NJ!  I have had a relationship with this store thanks to Corry – and met the owner many times, a great guy named Ben (who was in his own excitement for the holidays – but more business wise than the impending food coma) who chose not to take the green plunge with us – but wished us luck all the same.

The Mixing! Look at that Emerald Hue!

So the moment of truth came – I snagged a half-gallon of milk, a nice batch of cookies and some cups – along with the Hulk syrup and we poured ourselves a nice heaping glass.  Funny enough – I like to pour the milk first – Corry chooses to go syrup first.  That’s a mistake in my opinion – you should always go milk first – simply because, when you pour the syrup first it clings to the side of the glass, but milk first allows the syrup to sit on the side of the cup!  It’s the truth!  Try it yourself!

Me, laughing at how really gross the milk looks!

Anyways – let’s just say the green goodness was as delicious as we both remembered – yet neither of us finished our HUGE glasses of green milk.  I did get close as I dunked a few cookies into mine – they came out stained by the emerald sludge – but damn they were good!  I was also hoping regular site visitor and fellow Hulk enthusiast Gammapup might even stop by – but alas we were not in such luck.  Mike, you should count yourself lucky – Corry and I would totally have made you drink a glass as well!

The Tasting #1!

The Tasting #2!

Anyways, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  I hope everybody got to do something original and hilarious and memorable!  I know I won’t forget this year! – Ratchet