This issue of MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE featured John Byrne's first outing with the team as both writer and artist, a time travel adventure that had Ben Grimm coming face-to-face with the earliest version of himself as seen and characterized in FANTASTIC FOUR #1 and #2. Byrne does a great job of capturing the period of the … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Comics of 1979
A vibrant Steve Rude painted cover to the crossover INCREDIBLE HULK VS SUPERMAN. It’s designed just about perfectly, with the yellow burst of the background both silhouetting the characters and marking the point of impact where Superman has shattered the Hulk’s massive boulder. The only thing I don’t like on this one is the font … Continue reading Great Covers
An arresting HULK cover by Todd McFarlane, one that’s been imitated and homaged dozens of times by now. I’m pretty sure that this was the first instance of a cover image where somebody else is reflected in Wolverine’s claws.Great intensity on Wolverine’s face as well.
Another in Kaare Andrews’ great run of HULK covers, here the title character is abstracted down to simply a massive shape, one that still dominates the image. The reticule graphics provide some good viewer context–you are the tank commander confronted by the unstoppable power of the Hulk. And the fact that the Hulk is mostly … Continue reading Great Covers
It is an obvious and blatant homage to Maurice Sendak, but this Kaare Andrews HULK cover totally works even on its own in the manner in which it channels Bruce banner’s inner rage demons into monsters following in his wake. The typical logo is modified for this issue as well, to better evoke the source … Continue reading Great Covers
HULK #219 January, 1978 I didn’t buy this issue of HULK–my brother Ken did, as he did the next couple. I inherited the books from him at some point thereafter, as he drifted away from the series. I wasn’t a big fan of the Hulk. I found the concept, frankly, too limiting. The same cycle … Continue reading BHOC: INCREDIBLE HULK #219