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Essential Incredible Hulk, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 1) Paperback – September 20, 2006

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (September 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785123741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785123743
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,252,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. Nevertheless: Having begun his career with wartime Timely Comics and staying the course throughout the Atlas era, Stan the Man made comic-book history with Fantastic Four #1, harbinger of a bold new perspective in story writing that endures to this day. With some of the industry's greatest artists, he introduced hero after hero in Incredible Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men and more -- forming a shared universe for rival publishers to measure themselves against. After an almost literal lifetime of writing and editing, Lee entered new entertainment fields and earned Marvel one opportunity after another. He remains one of Marvel's best-known public representatives.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
Ol' Greenskin did not rake in as much green at the box office this summer as the movie moguls might have hoped, but there should still be enough interest generated by the film version of "The Hulk" to send a few people looking at Volume 1 of "The Essential Hulk." Collected within the pages of this trade paperback are the six issues from the original comic book of "The Incredible Hulk" and 32 stories from "Tales to Astonish" (issues #60-91). This becomes important because in the case of the latter we are talking 10 page stories because the Hulk shared space in "Tales to Astonish" with first Giant-Man and then the Sub-Mariner. Not that any Marvel superhero is particularly suited to this abbreviated storytelling format, but the Hulk certainly seems to be rather ill matched. After all, within each and every 10-page story Bruce Banner has to change into the Hulk (or visa versa), all without anybody getting a clue to the transformation ("Where did Doctor Banner go!"). That is why the original six issues of "The Incredible Hulk" stand out in such marked contrast.
But beyond that I think the idea of the Hulk is better than the stories. The combination of the Dr. Jekyll & Hyde transformation with the Frankenstein monster is inherently interesting. Those classic references also explain why the better stories seem to be those in which the army is going after the Hulk rather than the less than stellar super villains who pop up. Sure, the Leader would be rather ironic from the viewpoint of Dr. Banner, but the best conflicts with the Hulk involve not brains versus brawn but the one against the many. When "Thunderbolt" Ross has the U.S. Army go after the Hulk, then we are cooking with gas.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By EVIL Scientist Dude on September 11, 2004
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Right now the Incredible Hulk is one of the most famous comic books of our time. But like the X-Men, it was not famous at first. Hulk's first series was crushed after only six issues. After that he was stuck in guest star limbo for about a year(but he got a major role in the early issues of the Avengers) until he was brought back in Tales to Astonish #60, but the stories were only half as long to make room for stories about Ant/Giant-Man (and later the Sub-Mariner), which were also halved. It wasn't until Tales to Astonish became the Incredible Hulk(Volume 2) with the 102nd issue that Hulk was back in his full-length comic. But I'm getting ahead of myself there- ah yes, the premise.

Dr. Robert Bruce Banner was an atomic scientist working at a New Mexico missile base when he was caught in the test-explosion of his very own invention, the deadly G-Bomb. Irradiated by the gamma rays, Banner know possessed the ability to transform into the Hulk under conditions which vary throughout the series. As Banner, he is an intelligent yet weak human. As the Hulk, he is a large green monster-like person with bulging muscles and a limited vocabulary. Unlike other superheroes, Banner often cannot control the Hulk or his transformations(except when Banner's mind winds up in the Hulk's body at times). As the Hulk he is also hounded by the military and General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, father of the woman Banner loves. His only confidant early in the series is Rick Jones, whose life Banner saved before he was caught in the G-Bomb's explosion. At times Rick is the only person who can control the rampaging Hulk except for maybe the beautiful Betty Ross.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mark twain on January 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
if you are a fan of the hulk, you can't pass this one up. there isn't a dvd-rom collection of the hulk yet, so unless you want to pay big bucks for the masterworks collections (which are a lot shorter) this is the way to go. i don't mind it anyway, it's kind of nice just to see the king kirby's pencilwork without color. lee and kirby= the greatest team ever in comics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Slattery on November 15, 2008
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Don't make me angry, you wouldn't like me when I'm angry.... never spoken in this volume, just for the hard of understanding. I read Marvel's superhero comics when I was a kid and they were wonderful. The Hulk was never a favourite of mine and so when I bought this to reminisce I found I did not know literally any of the stories although I had long known the origins of this character.

I discover now that the Hulk was discontinued after six issues, and then re-born in Tales to Astonish, before once more (and after this collection) meriting his own dedicated book. These early tales do fall a little short of the later standards this series achieved but they are genuinely essential for all the fabulous ingredients in the Hulk's basic family melodrama. To wit: the hurrumphing Thunderbolt Ross (a loud noise in trousers, a general of very little brain); the rather unrealised love interest, his daughter Betty; the kid who caused it all and would not go away Rick Jones; and the eventual introduction of Bruce Banner's love rival the tortured soul of Major Glen Talbot.

The scripts are fascinating. Stan Lee didn't bother to consult his previous editions and wrote from memory so he managed to mis-remember details such as what triggered the Hulk to change (this was intially night and day but evolves throughout so that ultimately he can more or less do it when he sneezes too hard) and the art work was handed around like a piping hot jacket potato so the variability in it is sometimes hilarious - the Hulk would have a hard time matching up to his passport photo if it were not for the fact he is big and green. Lee even spells Talbot's name differently at times.
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