IDW Herb Trimpe Incredible Hulk Artist Edition Book

Publisher IDW starting a series of books a few years ago called Artist’s Edition where they reproduce issues of comic books with the actual artwork from the artists that were used in making the original comic books. As a comic book fan who collects original artwork, I have to say this is a really cool idea. IDW has finally gotten around to doing a Herb Trimpe Incredible Hulk edition with Incredible Hulk issues #127, 131, 134, 146, 147, 153, and 156. This includes some classic early Hulk comics like the trial of the Hulk and the Hulk in Jarella’s world. It is just so cool to see the pencils and ink and even artists notes scrawled on the side of some pages. If you are a fan of the Hulk, you need to get this book. I can sit and just look and stare at the artwork for hours. I really hope that IDW is planning on doing a Sal Buscema version because that would be even more awesome.

Sneak Preview The Totally Awesome Hulk #3

The Totally Awesome Hulk #3

Story by Greg Pak
Art by Frank Cho
Colors by Sonia Oback
Letters by VC – Cory Petit
Cover by Frank Cho, Sonia Oback, Michael Cho, [more…]
Publisher Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: Feb 10th, 2016

PREPARE TO MEET YOUR FOOM!

• Amadeus is on the hunt for the biggest, greenest, baddest monster on the block – besides himself, of course!

• And an unlikely ally lends a hand!

Mark Ruffalo Talks “Solo” Hulk Movie Through Other Movies

Yes, we all want a Hulk solo movie, the whole world wants a solo Hulk movie but it just isn’t going to happen yet. But we may get a “solo” Hulk movie via other movies. Mark Ruffalo was talking to Yahoo and talked about the situation:

“Ruffalo said that while he still wants to do a solo Hulk movie, those rights are tied up with Universal. However, “we’ve worked a really interesting arc into Thor 3, Avengers 3 and 4 for Banner that I think will – when it’s all added up – will feel like a Hulk movie, a standalone movie,” said Ruffalo.

Age of Ultron brought a tremendous emotional reckoning for Hulk, and even though there’s not a “big” moment—he doesn’t kill or anyone or anything like that—he does realize he needs to be cut off from the world because he still doesn’t know how to be a part of it. That’s a story that could definitely require three movies to tell because clearly the first two Avengers movies didn’t solve Banner’s problem of how to be part of a team or control “the other guy.”

Dystopia Hulk ala the Maestro Minimates Action Figure

Another day, another Hulk minimate figure. And that’s pretty awesome. This latest set is from the recent Secret Wars comic book event and the Maestro had his own series during the event. In the series and in the original Future Imperfect storyline, the future Hulk, called the Masestro, rules over a place called Dystopia. You can never have enough Hulk minimates. The set came with Old Man Logan, who has a grudge against the Hulk since in the original Old Man Logan comic book, the Hulk and his kin had killed Wolverine’s family.

Incredible Hulk Dorbz Vinyl Figure

Dorbz makes these cute little vinyl figures based on super heroes and they have finally released the Hulk. Figure is pretty basic but very cute and adorable. It’s a smiling Hulk, how can you not like it? There is a Red Hulk variant but it is going for $50 on eBay right now and I’m not paying this much for the Red Hulk.

Happy 80th Birthday Sal Buscema

Happy 80th Birthday to Sal Buscema, who I consider to be the definitive Incredible Hulk artist. I was first introduced to the Hulk in issue #173 with art by Herb Trimpe but it was the books drawn by Sal in issues 200-225 that I considered set the standard for how the Hulk should look. The shear strength and power and smashing that Sal was able to put into his pencils is simply amazing. If anyone ever asks me to describe the Hulk, those images are always the first ones that come to my mind. Sal did many other Marvel books but he forever left his presence known as one of the top Hulk artists to ever be on the book. Happy birthday to an artist who really did impact my life. The image below is a self-portrait Sal did a little bit ago.

Hulk’s Role In Thor’s Upcoming Movie WARNING SPOILER

Okay, if this is the case, I am not happy at all. It seems like Thor has hijacked Hulk’s Planet Hulk storyline for his own. The Planet Hulk storyline brought the Hulk back to awesomeness and for Thor to take it for his own and put the Hulk as a side roll, ala the Silver Surfer in the original storyline, is just not cool. Just give the Hulk a Planet Hulk movie, it will work.

Anyways, here is news from Geek.com:

“The rumor was that Marvel was planning to weave the character through the Avengers “Phases” in a creative way, banishing the Hulk from Earth after Avengers 2, spinning off into his own Planet Hulk movie (based on the Greg Pak comics storyline of the same name) and returning him to Earth in Phase Three in some sort of World War Hulk (also a comic book storyline) Avengers movie. The specifics of that arc were outright denied by Marvel staff over and over again, leading up to Joss Whedon’s follow-up (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and after the Hulk mysteriously steals a Quinjet and disappears at the end of that movie.

When Joss Whedon was asked if Planet Hulk or World War Hulk were going to be a Phase Three movies, his response was: “Well I’m really not supposed to comment, but no, that’s nonsense.” Which is what makes what follows all the more amazing.

According to our sources, after Thor catches on to Hela and Loki’s (still mysterious) plot that is going down in Asgard, Hela destroys Mjolnir, and banishes Thor from Asgard (which we covered here). Loki and Hela’s plan involves the major arc of the Marvel Universe, and just when it looks like Thor is about to put a stop to it, he gets banished — but not to any old planet. He ends up on a gladiatorial planet where his head is shaved and he’s forced to fight for his life. Let’s call this planet Sakaar, like it was in the comic books.

Thor knows that he has to get to some MacGuffin weapon object to defeat Hela and Loki (could this be the Infinity Gauntlet that Thanos is in possession of, or maybe an assemblage of Infinity Stones?) and he has to get off the planet. Thor runs through all of his alien opponents in gladiatorial combat, even without his trademark hammer. Finally, Thor has to face the current champion of the arena, and wouldn’t you know who that ends up being? The Hulk.

When we reconnect with Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok, he’s managed to avoid reverting back to the Banner state since we last saw him in the Quinjet in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hulk in Hulk form is pretty much unkillable, so he survived the trip to Sakaar (however he got there). His “Banner” is starting to seep through into the Hulk persona, and because of the Hulk-Banner melding, Hulk actually remembers Thor and his relationship to him. That’s what starts the two on a Midnight Run to the MacGuffin that Thor desperately needs.

Some of these details could shift like the sands of time considering the shooting script for Thor: Ragnarok hasn’t been locked down, but sources confirm that the outline is there: Marvel found a way to include the Planet Hulk storyline without having to attempt a solo Hulk movie where everyone is a CGI character, not to mention dealing with the character’s solo movie rights (which has some sort of hold-up with Universal). Instead, gladiator Chris Hemsworth will be the audience’s focus as Thor picks up Hulk on his road-trip through the stars.”

Thor: Ragnarok will be in theaters November 3, 2017.

Marvel Comics April 2016 Incredible Hulk Solicitations

THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #5
GREG PAK (W) • MIKE CHOI (A)
Cover by FRANK CHO
CIVIL WAR VARIANT COVER BY TBA
• Amadeus Cho loves being the Hulk — and he’s determined to be the greatest hero the world’s ever seen.
• But if the Hulk is driven by rage, what lies within Amadeus? Unfortunately for him, the Enchantress, Amora of Asgard, is hell-bent on finding out!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #7
AL EWING (W) • Rhoald Marcellius (A)
Cover by Paco Medina
VARIANT COVER BY Ron Lim
“Ultimate Fighting” STARTS NOW!
After the cataclysmic events of last issue — Battlerealm will never be the same! But Earth’s ultimate superteam has discovered the Contest — and they don’t like it at all! Is this the end of Maestro’s dream of power? Or the start of a whole new Contest of Champions? Fan-fave writer Al Ewing combines two of his new series into one can’t-miss epic!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Amadeus Cho: GENIUS AT WORK
GREG PAK & FRED VAN LENTE (W) • TAKESHI MIYAZAWA, GARY FRANK & RODNEY BUCHEMI (A)
Cover by GARY FRANK
• Get to know Cho! That’s teen genius Amadeus Cho, the seventh smartest person in the world — but who’s counting?
• When Cho is declared “Mastermind Excello” by an intelligence contest, his life suddenly spins out of control — and now he’ll need all his smarts just to stay alive!
• Luckily, Cho — and his adorable coyote pup, Kirby — quickly meet and befriend two of the Marvel Universe’s strongest powerhouses: Hercules and the Incredible Hulk!
• When Cho investigates his sister’s fate, a complex web begins to unravel. Who has been manipulating him? And why?
• Can the seventh smartest person on the planet solve the riddle of his own past and future?
• Collecting material from AMAZING FANTASY (2004) #15; INCREDIBLE HULK (2000) #100; and INCREDIBLE HERCULES #126, #133, #135 and #137.
104 PGS./ One-Shot/Rated T+ …$7.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-90101-1

Joe Russo Confirms No Red Hulk In Captain America Civil War Movie

Per an article on Comicbookresources.com:
ith a whole team of Avengers as well as Iron Man and a few new superheroes, “Captain America: Civil War” could end up being the Marvel movie with the most heroes in it to date. There’s one character that fans have been expecting to see, ever since it was announced that William Hurt would reprise his role as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross: the Red Hulk.

Hulk and Thor remain the only A-list Avengers not in the film, so some have speculated that “Civil War” would feel the presence of a Hulk by taking General Ross down a path similar to that of his comic book counterpart. During a lengthy interview from a recent international press tour, directors Joe and Anthony Russo discussed many aspects of “Civil War,” revealing more about Hurt’s antagonist.

Joe Russo weighed in on the rumors swirling around Ross’ possible transformation into the Red Hulk in the film, giving a definitive statement. “There’s always a chance at Marvel that you can see anything,” said Joe Russo with a smile. “But there, uh, let’s say — there is no Red Hulk in ‘Civil War.’”

The wording could leave a little wiggle room for surprise, as “no Red Hulk” does not preclude the arrival of any other color Hulk. But taking the quote at face value, there will be no Red Hulk in the film. But just because General Ross might not get any new superpowers, he’ll still be a threat.

“General Ross has a big presence in ‘Civil War,'” said Joe Russo. “He’s a character who was ham-fisted in his approach in ‘The Incredible Hulk’ — and that’s probably a polite way to put it. And I think he’s learned from his over-aggressiveness in that movie and he’s become more of a politician. He’s much savvier now, and he’s cornering the Avengers. Superheroes have always been anathema to him. He’s not a fan of them, and so now he’s come at them strategically by aligning the world against them and cornering them. So, he’s gotten much savvier and I think you’ll find that he’s grown as a character. He’s different than he was in ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and he’s a more formidable and political opponent to them.”

Well, I know that this Incredible Hulk fan was not wondering this at all. Actually I was hoping that I would never hear the words Red Hulk again. Please never use the Red Hulk in a movie. Never.