Jim Starlin Discusses His Upcoming Hulk vs Thanos Mini-Series

Comicbookresources.com was luckily enough to speak with Jim Starlin about his upcoming Hulk vs Thanos mini-series from Marvel. Take a look below or visit the site at Starlin Hulk

CBR News: Jim, you’ve written the Hulk a number of times during your career, usually in guest spots but occasionally in bigger roles like the hilarious original graphic novel you did with Bernie Wrightson, “The Incredible Hulk and the Thing: The Big Change.” How does it feel to return to the character? What do you enjoy most about writing the Hulk?

Jim Starlin: I was a kid when Kirby and Lee first introduced the Hulk. That book didn’t last long but ol’ Greenie soon came back in the first issues of the “Avengers” and later “Tales to Astonish” (if I remember correctly). He was easily my favorite comic character back then. I loved the rage that erupted from the Hulk almost as much as I feared and hated the rage bubbling around in my own teenage self. He was a great psychic vent and I immensely enjoy revisiting him occasionally.

Since “Thanos Vs. Hulk” was originally slated to be an arc of “Savage Hulk,” we know this story takes place somewhere in the Hulk’s past. Which version of the Hulk will readers see in your story? Is this the classic savage version of the character? And will Bruce Banner play a role in this tale?

I based this tale’s Hulk on Mark Waid’s current “Indestructible Hulk,” but with a bit longer hair. I liked Waid’s take on the character because the level of the Hulk’s smarts changes with each transition. So I was able to write my favorite, the thick-as-brick Hulk in a modern setting, with a few extra frills tossed in.

What can you tell us about your visual interpretation of the Hulk? Which of the Green Goliath’s character traits do you really want to capture and bring forward in your depictions of him?

I don’t tend to think that way. Telling an interesting and entertaining story is my goal. The plot determines how you represent a character. So this Hulk is your familiar lumbering brute but with some softer edges, brought on by the more humorous aspects of the story.

Hulk is just one of the title characters in this miniseries. Let’s talk a little bit about the other, Thanos. What made you want to pit the Hulk against the Mad Titan? And what sets off the conflict they engage in?

Well, anyone who has followed my career at Marvel will know that when I come back to do work with them, though it might look like I’m doing a Captain Marvel, Warlock or Silver Surfer series, in reality I’ve returned to do another Thanos story.

In this case, Annihilus and Blastaar have something Pip the Troll dearly wants and they’ll only trade it for Bruce Banner. The troll goes for the deal but then suffers buyer’s remorse. But Pip doesn’t have the muscle to take on Blastaar and Annihilus so he decides to call upon someone who does.

How do your title characters regard each other when this story starts? Does Thanos truly understand what the Hulk is capable of? Or does he sort of look down on the character because of his intellect?

On Thanos’ side I imagine it’s a mix of respect and distain. He would somewhat respect Banner for being one of Earth’s premier minds. But on the other hand the Hulk’s lack of intellectual curiosity would quickly bore the Titan. But he’d be wary of the brute because of that infinite rage thing he has going. Banner would think of the Titan as nothing but a menace, to be defeated or escaped from.

Earlier you talked about Pip the Troll setting this story in motion and Pip, like Thanos, is a character you created. How does it feel to return to Pip? What can you tell us about his larger role in the story?

Actually, this is as much a Pip the Troll story as it is a Hulk or Thanos tale. In fact I think he appears in the series more often than the Titan does. The entire yarn sort of revolves around our lovable cretin. He’s always been one of my favorite characters to play with. His immorality never fails to amuse.

Pip brings the Hulk to space, but where does the conflict go from there? What else can you tell us about the settings of “Thanos Vs. Hulk?”

Seeing that Blastaar and Annihilus are in the story, you should expect to spend a little time in the Negative Zone. The tale starts off on Earth, stops by Starlin’s Bar (What a surprise!) and visits what may or may not be Bruce Banner’s psyche.

Let’s talk a little more about the look of this miniseries. You recently wrote and drew Thanos in the surreal graphic novel, “The Infinity Revelation.” How will the visuals of this miniseries compare to that? I assume they’ll be less psychedelic…

Yes, this story is set more in material existence, except for the Banner psyche sequence. Most of the tale will take place in the Negative Zone, which I imagine to be one of the last places in the universe one would choose to holiday at.

Finally, “Thanos Vs. Hulk” is part of the larger Thanos story you’ve been telling in the “Thanos Annual” and the “Thanos: The Infinity Revelation” graphic novel, correct? How new reader friendly is this miniseries?

All you have to do is know who the Hulk and Thanos are in order to get into this series. As with the “Thanos Annual” and “TTIR,” the “Thanos Vs. Hulk” series is a self-contained unit. You can read it without having read the previous tales but it’s, nevertheless, still part of the same grand tale I’m telling this stay at Marvel.

With the completion of “Thanos Vs. Hulk,” I have the Titan, Warlock, Pip, Blastaar and Annihilus positioned exactly where I want them to be for my next Marvel tale, which I am currently working on. But it’s too early to talk about it, So it’ll just have to wait until our next interview, Dave.

Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Dual Blastin’ Red Hulk Action Figure

This is the third figure in the first release of action figures based on the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. animated show. I really liked the Skaar and Hulk figures but the Red Hat is just okay. Not really liking the sculpt but that may be because I really am not too fond of the comic character at all. I don’t like that his guns are stuck in his hands also, wish you could take them out. You move the switch in his back and his arms come up, showing his gun.

Marvel Comics December 2014 Incredible Hulk Solicitations

HULK #9
GERRY DUGGAN (W) • MARK BAGLEY (A/C)
AN X-MAN COMETH FOR THE “OMEGA HULK”
• DOC GREEN says “Hello, KITTY!” The PRYDE of the X-MEN guest stars.
• Plus – BRUCE BANNER returns! …But in what shape?
• And – a recently de-powered HULK is placed in mortal danger.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

THANOS VS HULK #1 (of 4)
JIM STARLIN (W/A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM
• An all-new four-part story by fan-favorite Jim Starlin begins here!
• The Hulk is kidnapped by Pip the Troll and traded to Annihilus!
• Then Thanos of Titan gets thrown into the mix…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

SHE-HULK #11
CHARLES SOULE (W) • JAVIER PULIDO (A)
Cover by KEVIN WADA
• At long last, it’s all come down to this: THE BLUE FILE revealed!
• Titania vs She-Hulk
• Angie Huang, no more?!
• Eep eep!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Hologram Incredible Hulk Holds London Bridge as Part of Disney Infinity Game Release

Man, why couldn’t this happen in North Carolina.

The Hulk was spotted over the weekend in London, helping to raise the city’s iconic Tower Bridge — well, not exactly. As reported by the East London Advertiser, it was actually a hologram projected underneath the bridge in promotion for “Disney Infinity 2.0,” the upcoming toys-to-life game by Avalanche Studios and Disney Interactive. In a video posted by the Marvel UK YouTube channel, the “Disney Infinity” version of Hulk is seen raising the tower bridge to help a shipment of the video game to dock. Images of other Marvel characters — including Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Venom, Thor and more — accompanied the shipment through the streets of London.

Lou Ferrigno Says New Incredible Hulk TV Show and Movie In The Works

No, this is not just me copying and pasting old posts, this is actually new news. I’m pretty certain that Lou thinks that he can will a new tv show and movie into existence or that if he talks about it enough, Marvel will have to do it. Either way, I will be happy if either a new Hulk movie or tv show do happen.

Lou was talking to Film Fad at Wizard World Con and said the following:

“Well, to tell you the truth they plan to do a TV series someday and it will probably be CGI, I don’t think you’ll ever see a human Hulk again. Because with the technology people would rather see something that is a little more animated like CGI.”

“I think in another year, they’re going to film a solo ‘Hulk’ movie. But I think the series can happen if they finish doing ‘The Avengers’ or the ‘Hulk’ movie, that’s my guess for now.”

Jim Starlin to do Hulk vs Thanos Limited Series

It started out to be an arc in the current Savage Hulk limited series, but Marvel has decided to turn Jim Starlin’s story into a limited series called Hulk vs Thanos. How can it not be awesome. See more information below from comicbookresources.com

Marvel.com has revealed that Jim Starlin will pit the Green Goliath against the Mad Titan in a “Hulk Vs. Thanos” limited series later this year. CBR has confirmed with Marvel that the series is the same as the planned “Savage Hulk” arc by Starlin when the series was announced in March.

“A reader only has to know who the Hulk and Thanos are — which is just about anyone who knows the name Marvel these days. The story is self contained, even though it is part of the tale begun in ‘Thanos Annual’ and the ‘Infinity Revelation’ original graphic novel. Strangely enough, though, this story takes place before ‘Infinity Revelation,’ as did ‘Thanos Annual.'”

“Hulk Vs. Thanos” will center on Mark Waid’s “Indestructible Hulk” and features appearances by Pip the Troll, Annihilus, Iron Man and “certain members of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” spanning Earth, Starlin’s Bar and the Negative Zone.

Making “Hulk Vs. Thanos” into its own limited series instead of a “Savage Hulk” arc continues Marvel’s commitment to Thanos as a character — and it’s no wonder. Starlin’s “Thanos: The Infinity Revelation” original graphic novel was the top selling graphic novel for the month of August — and Marvel’s Tom Brevoort confirmed on his Formspring that the publisher “thought it would perform better” as a limited series.

“Hulk Vs. Thanos” debuts later this year

Advance Preview Hulk #6, Hulk Annual #1, & Savage Hulk #4

There are 3 new Hulk books coming out next week! How awesome is that! And how amazing is the Dale Keown variant cover for Savage Hulk #4. Mind-blowing!

Hulk #6
Story by Gerry Duggan
Art by Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessey
Colors by Jason Keith
Cover by Gary Frank, Luke Ross
Publisher Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Wed, September 17th, 2014

THE OMEGA HULK!!!

• The surprising new direction continues after ORIGINAL SIN

• Can RICK JONES survive “DOC GREEN’S” Gamma cure?

• A secret behind the “antidote” revealed!

Hulk Annual #1
Story by Monty Nero
Art by Luke Ross, Le Beau Unerwood, Patrick Goddard, [more…]
Colors by Jordan Boyd
Letters by VC – Cory Petit
Cover by Mike Del Mundo
Publisher Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date Wed, September 17th, 2014

• Someone close to HULK dies

• What impact will this have on one of the most dangerous super beings on the planet?

• And how does a ghost from the past threaten to haunt the world of the Hulk forever?

Savage Hulk #4
Story by Alan Davis
Art by Alan Davis, Mark Farmer
Colors by Matt Hollingsworth
Letters by VC – Clayton Cowles
Cover by Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, Brad Anderson,
Publisher Marvel Comics
Cover Price:$3.99
Release Date Wed, September 17th, 2014

• The Hulk is trapped and you won’t believe where!

• What are the Leader’s plans for Bruce Banner?

• The X-Men are under lock and key!

• All this in more in the THRILLING conclusion to Alan Davis’s startling Savage Hulk story!

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Marvel.com Talks with Gabriel Hardman about His Savage Hulk Story

Marvel.com interviewed Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko about their upcoming Savage Hulk storyline revisiting the Hulk’s time at the Crossroads. See the interview below and then go to the Marvel site to see artwork:

The anthology format of SAVAGE HULK enables Marvel creators to explore a variety of periods in Hulk’s rich history. Starting October 8, with SAVAGE HULK #5, the writing team of Corinna S. Bechko and artist Gabriel Hardman—also wife and husband—embark on a two-issue journey that revisits the mid-1980’s Hulk banishment to the Crossroads by Dr. Strange.

The two creators clearly relish the chance to revisit a unique era in which Hulk—seemingly stripped of any shred of his humanity and completely silent—instead lets his brutal actions speak for him!

Marvel.com: Hulk and Dr. Strange have a rich history from their days as fellow Defenders, but in SAVAGE HULK the stakes are different as they battle each other–since this story is set in the Bill Mantlo-written/Crossroads/Banished Hulk era. How exciting was it to delve into that era of the two characters’ history?

Gabriel Hardman: The Crossroads era is great story fodder for a couple of reasons. There’s a built in conflict between Dr. Strange and Hulk in this time period because Strange banished Hulk from Earth for being an uncontrollable monster. And since there is little or no Banner left in the Hulk of this era, there’s no reasoning with him. Also, Hulk has been banished to an inter-dimensional crossroads—hence the name—where he can go to endless new worlds, trying to find refuge. That kind of set-up gives you the opportunity to go anywhere.

Marvel.com: What attracted you two to tackling these two characters in particular?

Corinna S. Bechko: Hulk is such a tragic character, especially during the Mantlo run. He’s in every way a monster, but despite his rage and desperation he really just wants a home and a friend. Hulk may not realize it but Strange is probably the only real friend he has left—Puffball Collective not withstanding, and not a very good friend at any rate—yet he’s the one who banished Hulk from his home. There aren’t many pairings that are more dramatic than that!

Marvel.com: Were you both intrigued by the anthology element of the project?

Corinna S. Bechko: Definitely! I love anthology series like this. It’s great as a reader to get a range of creative teams tackling a character, and as a writer it’s fun to delve into an era that suits your strengths and sensibilities.

Gabriel Hardman: Yeah, this is my favorite kind of freelance project. It’s something where we can tell a beginning, middle and end story, putting all our focus into making it a satisfying whole rather than dovetailing with active continuity. That said, I love long-form storytelling in comics too. We’ve done that on “[Betrayal of the Planet of the] Apes” and “Star Wars” but not yet on a super hero book.

Marvel.com: Gabriel, you have collaborated with SAVAGE HULK editor Mark Paniccia in the past—was that part of what piqued your interest in creating this two-part arc?

Gabriel Hardman: Definitely. I had a great time working with Mark on ATLAS and HULK. Corinna and I have been talking to Mark about doing a project for him for a while and it was great timing when this came together. Hope to work with him more in the future too.

Marvel.com: Can the two of you talk about the challenges of writing dialogue for Animal/Monster Hulk in particular–what is the key to getting him to sound just right?

Corinna S. Bechko: In this case he’s so completely an animal that he’s actually non-verbal. That meant that we couldn’t rely on dialogue to carry the mood or Hulk’s emotions. Instead, we had to craft the scenes so that Hulk could express himself through action—and through Gabriel’s masterfully expressive rendering of gesture and facial expressions.

Gabriel Hardman: I didn’t coerce her into saying that.

Marvel.com: Given that it truly is a savage Hulk, how challenging was it to write the story from Dr. Strange’s point of view?

Corinna S. Bechko: We just kept in mind that Strange feels responsible for Banner/Hulk. No matter what, Strange wants what’s best for Hulk, and wants to honor their friendship even though at this point in their shared history Strange believes that Banner is gone for good and Hulk can’t reciprocate. As long as we didn’t lose sight of that fact, it wasn’t hard to get inside his head.

Marvel.com: What is it about Jordan Boyd’s coloring approach that enables him to complement your art and be someone you love to collaborate with frequently?

Gabriel Hardman: Jordan has great taste and can deftly navigate my more expressive line work. My art can be deceptively difficult to color because I use a lot of texture and rough brushwork. You can’t just use flat colors but you also can’t over-render or it will get too busy. I’m very picky about the colorists I work with and when I saw the work he was doing with Marc Laming on “King’s Watch” at Dynamite, I thought our styles could match up. I had co-written “Exile on the Planet of the Apes” with Corinna that Marc drew so I knew his work well and could see what Jordan was bringing to it. They’re a great team too. I got Jordan to color my last arc of “Star Wars: Legacy” and we’ve been working together since. He’s also coloring “Invisible Republic,” our upcoming sci-fi book from Image.

Marvel.com: One of my favorite things about Dr. Strange are his spells and incantations, did the two of you have a contest who could have Strange say something quirky or interesting?

Gabriel Hardman: I have to admit, we didn’t really go down the “Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth” road. Somehow he just forgot to say that stuff for these two issues. Not sure how that happened…oh, wait. I know exactly how that happened.

Corinna S. Bechko: [Laughs] Well, we did talk a lot about how Strange would act under these circumstances. Is there anything that would throw him for a loop? What if his extra-dimensional shrimp counterpart showed up and accused him of the worst crime imaginable? We decided that no, he’d still be Strange. Curious, maybe, but always imperious and logical. Once we agreed on that, I think we both had a good idea of his personality and a grasp on how to write him.

Marvel.com: Are there certain Dr. Strange runs that inspired your take on the sorcerer?

Gabriel Hardman: Not a specific run. I know I’ve always enjoyed the character and wanted to take a shot at him. In a lot of ways you have to find your own hook for a character like this and go with it. There are endless interpretations out there of any of these characters who’ve been around for 50+ years. You have to stay true to their spirit but find your own path.