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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (September 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785137149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785137146
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,015 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Lansberry on October 7, 2009
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...but Marvel has finally decided to release the MM series in softcover formats at half the price. Here's hoping that stick with it.
Nothing spectacular in this set, it's the original six issues of the Hulk's 1962 run. Unlike the previous HC set, however,the color restoration process is based off of the original issues. Meaning, the Hulk's hair and skin are all one bland yellow-green, and Banner is shown with black hair.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Hatfield on September 28, 2012
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This volume collects The Incredible Hulk #1-6. The Hulk came quickly on the heels of Fantastic Four #1, and should have been a hit due to the popularity of the Atlas/Marvel monster stories. Unlike the FF, however, the Hulk failed miserably. Marvel gave it their best shot -- six bimonthly issues over a one year period, but it was no soap. This may be the reason why Spider-Man was first introduced in Amazing Fantasy #15. He stood a much better chance of being received in a magazine that already had a circulation, even if it wasn't that healthy. If it bombed, at least it would not be in his own title like The Hulk, sparing the publisher and creative team more embarrassment and possibly killing the FF along with it. After all, a comic book publisher cannot exist on the success of one magazine alone, and their older anthology books were starting to wane in popularity. Even the romance comics were doing better. Everyone knew that the revival of superhero stories was the way to go, due to DC's successful revamping of their Golden Age superheroes. Fortunately, the Amazing Spider-Man was an overwhelming success. Already 14 issues into the FF, the release of the Amazing Spider-Man #1 really helped propel Marvel into the Silver Age of superheroes, and by 1963, with the release of X-Men #1 and The Avengers #1 (not to mention Iron Man and Ant Man in Marvel's monster/sci-fi/fantasy anthology mags), the execs at DC were no longer laughing at the little mouse that roared. Of course, as most of you already know, Marvel eventually toppled that giant publisher a few years later, and this period in comic book history became known as "the Marvel Age of Comics."

The only complaint I have about this collection (and all of the Marvel Masterpieces) is that it was not printed on Baxter paper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elvin Ortiz on December 6, 2013
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Stan Lee and Jack Kirby continue making new myths with superheroes that struggle with their inner demons. Hulk is about a young scientist who gets bathed by Gamma Rays, and survives to become a grey (and later green) monster at night. Later, Dr. Bruce Banner creates a machine that controls when he can become a monster. The danger is always that the monster doesn't like becoming the "weakling" and "puny" Bruce Banner. Hulk has his sidekick, Rick Jones, and a girl who loves Bruce. It's interesting that his girl's name is Betty Ross, the same name that Simon and Kirby used for the Captain America of the 40s. Although the plots are simple, they are enjoyable, and they represent good comic book samples of the sixties. And the inner conflict, plus being he anti-hero makes these stories even more interesting. Kirby's art at times seems sloppy in the action scenes, but most of it reveals promises to come in the seventies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 10, 2012
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I have been a huge comic book fan since I was a child. And Hulk has always been my favorite. Being a girl, I never had comic books growing up. So when I saw these masterwork books I was so excited. It was so cool to see where the Hulk had started out and changed over the seasons. My daughter loves the masterworks so much she took mine! Now I have to buy myself another one. Really awesome and so glad they made these.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Clark on April 14, 2013
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Interesting to see the origins of the Hulk. It's full of 1960's cheesiness, but still enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves the Hulk just to see the origins and early adventures, even if there's a few eye-roll moments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay Miller on December 24, 2012
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It was nice to read the stories written even before I was born. Today's comics go for the adult theme, but these focused on human drama.
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By Kevin Endres on November 26, 2013
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It does read like it is right out of the 60s but it is fun! I recommend this to anyone who enjoys the hulk character.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dobey on October 14, 2011
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I love the masteworks series. the hardcover looks better than this one though. Still even this looks better than the original comics which were printed on cheap paper. At least it doesn't look like the awful dc archives series in which the they just copy yellowing comics. YEUCK. This is the birth of a legend. And as the six issues progress you see a change in the hulk. He starts out as a grey monster, this version was revived in the 80's and it was a good one. He starts out smart and gets less so as the series goes on. He learns to jump high in issue three, he becomes green in issue two by the way. He then begins to change at night only, this eventually changes to him changing by use of a gamma ray gun with rick jones (his teenage sidekick) help. In spite of all this it still makes sense that the hulk would change alot due to his nature of creation. And some of these early changes return in much later story lines. but for the midsixties to the mid80's hulk would not have most of these early traits. They would return later though and that's pretty cool. They only did the first six issues here and then volume two comes along to give you alot more. Jack kirby's art is featured in five of these issues, dick ayers and paul reinman do a fine job of inking and were two of the king's better inkers back then. And of course Steve Ditko does a great job with issue six and he inks issue two as well. whenever he inks something it becomes very ditkoesque to be sure , so you may think he penciled that one but he didn't. The softcvers are a great deal and I hope marvel keeps this up because the hardcovers ,while better are much more expensive. The book has some extras too, like original art and various cover reprints to marvel collector item classics. (that title reprinted marvel stories and later became marvels greatest comics) .
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