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The Incredible Hulk (Fireside Books 1978) Paperback – July 15, 1978

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside (July 15, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671242245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671242244
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,699,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This review's title is a line that the mighty Hercules happily shouts as he does battle with the Hulk and finds it much to his liking.

This huge volume of early Hulk stories is a blast.

I'm not sure it would appeal to kids or people who've seen the movies and want more. But for comic readers/collectors who've always been curious to read the early Hulk stories, I highly recommend it.

You really get a feeling that Stan Lee and his collaborators were trying to get a handle on who the Hulk was. So, instead of 50 issues of the calcified "Hulk Smash!" character we know from the 70s, here we get stories with a nocturnal Hulk, a cunning Hulk, a brutish Hulk, a savage Hulk, a Hulk-with-Banner's-Brain-who-sorta-talks-like-The-Thing, and so forth. These experiments in trying to define the character and his relationship with Dr. Banner -- and the fact that the bulk of the stories are only 11 pages instead of the usual 22 -- make for a surprisingly unexpected experience and a load of fun. It's a much different experience than the first two Fantastic Four Omnibuses in which Stan Lee/Jack Kirby on all the stories. Those have a much stronger continuity: these Hulk stories lurch all over the place.

The artwork is done by a Who's Who of the 1960s Marvel Bullpen and it's fascinating to look at the variations and compare inking styles:

Ditko inks Kirby
Ayers inks Kirby
Romita inks Kirby
Everett inks Kirby (a great combo!)
Roussos inks Ditko (and it looks oddly like Chic Stone's work)
Coletta inks Ditko
Gil Kane, Frank Giacoia, Marie Severin, Herb Trimpe and John Buscema all show up for several issues as well.

NB: Normally I'd say support your local comic book store, but Amazon offers 37% off, which which means you can buy this on Amazon and then STILL have $37 left over to go spend at your local comic book store. 'Nuff said!
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Due to the wear-and-tear of rereading old comics, I have always been a fan of collections, especially those that include extra art or interviews of the creators reflecting on work deemed classic with the passing years. Collected works have even greater weight when the volumes pertain to hard to find or very expensive comics. The Marvel Masterworks seemed to be the best there was even when compared to graphic novels or trade paperbacks because you could get 10 issues for each volume that included the annuals. Sure, they were more expensive but considering the amount of issues you could get for around $55, it was certainly a better deal than buying the comics themselves if you wanted less degeneration of these precious issues. At least you got a chance to read years old stories without wearing gloves or paying a mint, if you'd ever found them at all.It seemed the best value and quality for any collected works.

This ALL changed when Marvel upped the stakes with their Omnibus collections. The Marvel Omnibus collections are bar none the best quality and value to date. The characters are given a heightened sense of their contribution to the comics industry; we care more about the issues we're collecting because Marvel has shown how they care about the character as well.

The Omnibus collections are literally the "red carpet" for their volumes, no less for the HULK OMNIBUS.
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Format: Hardcover
At over 750 pages, this massive hardcover contains all the classic Hulk material from the 60s that started the big green monster in the comic biz! The book contains Hulk #1-6, Incredible Hulk #102, and the Hulk tales from Tales of Astonish #59-101. The book starts with Hulk #1-6 and really lets you in on just how indecisive they were with this character. Beyond the fact that, in six issues, 5 people worked on it, the Hulk originally appeared as a gray monster with a brain that could think and talk like the rest of us; albeit a bit child-like. Banner changed into this Hulk when the sun set and changed back during sunrise. Soon after, the Hulk becomes green and, after General Ross launches Hulk into space, he gathers more gamma radiation and stays the Hulk while Rick Jones, the boy Banner saved in the first issue, can now control Hulk with commands. After that, Rick and Bruce create a ray gun that allows Bruce to become the Hulk at will and retain his mind but at the cost of his energy after each transformation. So, in just six issues, the character went through major changes and still hasn't developed into the primal creature we all know and love. His enemies in these issues are a mixture of martians from other worlds and Commies from behind the Iron Curtain. However, as classic as these tales are, they are absolutely not crucial to Hulk's story.

The Hulk then moves to the Tales of Astonish series alongside Giant-Man in shorter, more condensed stories. This jump leaves out the Hulk's Avengers ordeal as well as introducing the idea that Banner's anger now turns him into the Hulk due to a chemical change when he's stressed or mad. Aside from this jump in information, the Hulk goes on to fight two-bit villains until the almighty Leader is introduced in issue 63.
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