You have to love the little vinyl figures that are so popular right now. Kidrobot has a couple different styles and the latest is called a Labbit which is basically just a rabbit that looks like a Marvel character. They come blind boxed of course so you don’t know which one you are getting. The Hulk one looks pretty cool, even has split pants. I do hope they continue to make different styles like this, I am a sucker for them.
Back in 1996, Marvel and DC were actually getting along and they decided to have a cross-over between the two universes and to let the fans decide on who would win battles between heroes in each universe. It wasn’t based on actual power levels or weaknesses or anything like that, it was just dependent on which character had the most fans who would vote. In the book, the Hulk of course fought Superman. Well, there are more Superman fans out there than Hulk fans so of course Superman won the battle. The artist, Claudio Castellini, actually created two pages, one where each hero won, so that they were prepared for the comic book issue prior to the voting. Marvel mainstay Tom Brevoorts has a tumblr page where he shows vintage artwork and ads from Marvel called The Marvel Age of Comics. Of course we all know that the Hulk would have won the battle if it was just written like it should be have been. Take a look at the two original art pages that were made for the book.
I really hate to part with these but I am trying to buy some artwork so they will have to go. The Bowen Designs Planet Hulk statue is my favorite statue I have ever owned. Bowen Designs perfectly captured the look of the Hulk during the Planet Hulk storyline, that is the hardest one to part with. The Maestro is of course a bad-a$$ Hulk with all the fallen heroes at his feet. The Sideshow dio perfectly captures the Ladronn cover from the Planet Hulk storyline. Take a look and bid!
Planet Hulk eBay auction
Maestro eBay auction
Planet Hulk vs Savage Surfer eBay auction
I have been reading the Incredible Hulk comic book for 39+ years and there have been a lot of great artists like Dale Keown and Gary Frank but Sal Buscema will always be the man. He was on the book for 100+ issues and his style changed over the years but his early work and style has always been my favorite. I was happy to get a couple pages from issue 239 which features some great images of the Hulk along with Goldbug. Great issue with inks from Mike Esposito. I will definitely be on the lookout for more great pages, you can never have enough.
Okay, two Skottie Young posts in a row. Skottie just posted his variant cover for issue #1 to the upcoming Hulk comic relaunch. It is a throw back to the very first Hulk comic book with Bruce changing into the Hulk. The artwork is both cute and awesome so I have created a new word called cutawesome to describe it. Enjoy!
I am sure you heard the same sound as me this morning with people around you suddenly saying “awesome!” out loud. The reason? It was announced that Skottie Young will be writing and drawing a Rocket Raccoon comic book to start later this year. Here are some of the interview:
“I like any of the humorous characters, any of the ones I can have fun with,” Young told MTV News when we spoke on the phone earlier this week. “And around this time ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ was getting restarted, so I said if there was any of way of doing some sort of Rocket Raccoon story that would be fun too!”
Editor Sana Amanat agreed, and Young was signed up to take on Rocket as his post-”Oz” gig. Though there was no specific mandate to follow the path of the movie — and in fact, Young had no idea what the character will be like on screen — once he saw the trailer, he got a sense that things were right in line between the comic and movie versions of the character.
To read more and see some advance artwork, go to this link: MTV Skottie Young Interview
The official solicitation from Marvel:
Written & drawn by Skottie Young
As defenders of the cosmos go, Rocket Raccoon has faced his fair share of galactic battles. He’s been a hero to the weak, a champion of good, a protector of the innocent, a heartthrob to the many intergalactic female species and now–a raccoon on the run?! ( I’m sorry, I’m sorry, a “formidable-and-expert-Guardian” on the run. Rocket is NOT a raccoon, okay?) Rocket’s high-flying life of adventure and heroism may soon be a thing of the past when he becomes a wanted man–and the authorities are not the only one on his TAIL! (We’ll definitely be overusing that pun!) Superstar creator Skottie Young brings his A-game as writer and artist on the series we’ve been waiting decades for.
Can’t wait for this comic book! Skottie is a perfect match for Rocket’s irrelevant attitude.
Who is that little runt in the yellow costume with the Canadian accent? Wolverine of course and his very first appearance was at the very end of Incredible Hulk #180 in the last panel. His first full issue was of course Incredible Hulk #181. The artwork to that last page in 180 has not been seen for years but it has suddenly surfaced and will be up for auction at Heritage Auctions this coming May. The page is illustrated by Herb Trimpe, with inks by Jack Abel and hand-lettering by Artie Simek, based on a script by Len Wein, and shows the Canadian mutant Wolverine stepping out of the woods to intrude on a battle between the Hulk and the Wendigo. Although the owner of the page remains anonymous, Heritage Auctions says Herb Trimpe gave the collector the page in 1983. If you look closely at the page, you’ll see a personal message from Trimpe to, assumedly, the buyer, saying “Ben – Best wishes. Herb Trimpe”. The auction house says that “the majority” of the proceeds after taxes will be donated by the owner to the Hero Initiative, a not-for-profit comics creator support organization. Here is a look at the auction page at Heritage: Hulk 180 artwork. What do you think it will end up going for?
Story by Mark Waid
Art by Jheremy Raapack, Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, [more...]
Colors by Val Staples
Letters by VC – Cory Petit
Cover by Mahmud Asrar, Dave McCaig
Publisher Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Wed, February 26th, 2014
INHUMANITY TIE-IN! “THE HUMANITY BOMB” CHAPTER THREE
• Banner has one last chance to prevent Terrigenesis–but at an unthinkable cost!
• Banner’s assistants are cannon fodder! Who will survive?
• The Hulk has unleashed a menace even worse than the Terrigen Mists–and there’s no smashing it!
I am sure by now you have watched the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy about 5 times already and the star of the trailer is of course Rocket Raccoon. Rocket was created by Marvel writer Bill Mantlo who was also a writer on the Incredible Hulk comic book. In fact, Bill wrote some stories that were used as the basis for some Peter David Hulk stories and he also inspired Greg Pak, who wrote the Planet Hulk storyine. What most people don’t know is that Bill was hit by a car while roller blading in 1992 and has permanent brain damage. It costs a lot of money for his family to care for him and now you can do your part to help him and also get a cool t-shirt in the process. Go to this link and buy this t-shirt and part of the money will go to Bill’s family to help pay for medical expenses: Help Bill Mantlo
MARK WAID (W) • MARK BAGLEY (A)
Cover by JEROME OPEñA
Artist variant by Mark Bagley
“BANNER D.O.A” GETS READY TO TAKE YOU INTO A NEW TWIST IN HULK HISTORY!
• BANNER goes to a dark place and could take the AVENGERS with him
• Only HULK can save Banner…but will he?
• After last issue’s surprise resurrection, a new threat enters the scene.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
DOUG MOENCH (W)
CHARLES SOULE (W)
PACO DIAZ LUQUE (A/C)
• An ancient cosmic power has corrupted a former ally…
• Can the Thunderbolts take him down before their time’s all up?
• Adventure in the mysterious jungle—as only Marvel can do!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99
CHARLES SOULE (W) • JAVIER PULIDO (A)
Cover by KEVIN P. WADA
• Jen’s new client Kristoff Vernard has been kidnapped by his dad, DOCTOR DOOM!
• What does fellow lawyer (and recently outted Man Without Fear) MATT MURDOCK know about it?
• It’s an international jailbreak, She-Hulk Style, as Charles Soule (INHUMANITY) and Javier Pulido (HAWKEYE) take us to Latverian soil!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99