- 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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The Incredible Hulk (Fireside Books 1978) Paperback – July 15, 1978
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For the first 15 years, this was a classic comic run. Here are the first six years in one great collection. Beautifully restored. Bring on Volume 2.Published 2 months ago by William Patrick Maynard
Brings back memories, I grew up reading Marvel. The Omnibus is great for those who just want to read the mags and not be collectors. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mitch Bowers
I loved the nostalgic memoroies that were inspired when I read this collection. Great stories and artwork. A first class experiencePublished on June 10, 2014 by Thomas Watson
this book is part of a line that fireside put out for marvel in the mid to late 70's, the line produced such books as marvel origins, son of the orgins, bring on the bad guys,... Read morePublished on March 14, 2014 by what
The best reproduction book series by Marvel or any other comic book company. Nice pages with bright colors. Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Richard Sullivan
Book fine, arrived fine, package good, package arrived on time as far as I know, no issues with the box it came inPublished on September 27, 2012 by Pen Name
Everyone else had reviewed another book. This novel is an adaptation of the pilot story for the live action TV show. Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by ERIC DAVID KATZ