“I” Is For …
… The Incredible Hulk! (1962)
The Hulk has had a lot of interpretations through the years, but my favorite is the loud, dumb, and heartfelt version most frequently seen in the Incredible Hulk, especially in its Silver and Bronze Age incarnations.
Puny Banner! General Thunderbolt Ross! The Hulkbusters! A non-stop parade of gamma-irradiated super-baddies! I love it. I even warmed up to Herb Trimpe’s iconic take on the Hulk, after I studied him a bit and saw what he could do when his breakneck Marvel deadlines allowed him to apply himself.
Plus, it was thanks to collecting the Incredible Hulk that I own the single most valuable comic in my collection … even if I did cut it up as a kid.
Tell me about your own “I” book favorites!
- Infinity Gauntlet (1991)
- Inhumans (1975)
- The Invaders (1975)
- Iron Fist (1975)
- Iron Man (1968)
- Infinity, Inc. (1984)
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Posted on February 10, 2018, in Comics A-To-Z and tagged Incredible Hulk. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.
I agree. The childlike and short-tempered green behemoth is “my” Hulk, though there are other interesting version. It’s a tossup between that and Iron Man for the “I” king.
I also liked The Invaders and Infinity Inc. quite a bit, and Iron Fist, with some Claremont-Byrne magic was a very worthy “I” title as well. I is a better letter than I’d have thought. I haven’t read too many Inhumans, but I do like what I’ve read.
I may finally have developed sufficient appreciation for Golden Age style art to take another run at Invaders. Frank Robbins was always a turn-off for me. Still, I liked the book enough to give it an honorable mention.
Yeah, to be honest, I didn’t love the Robbins art, either, but Roy Thomas did a great job, IMO.
I second the toss-up between Iron-Man and Incredible Hulk for this honor. I was a fan of Invaders too, mostly because my friend Chuck was back in the day. We would chuckle at times at the dainty ballet poses that Frank Robbins would use for his heroes at times.
I will be picking Iron-Fist most likely when we hit “P”: Power-Man/Iron-Fist!
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You have a good crystal ball.
When I was a kid, I didn’t watch The Adventures of Superman, Batman ’66 and only occasional did I watch Super Friends. But, I watched every episode of the Incredible Hulk.
You think that would mean I’d be a big fan of Hulk comics, but oddly enough I’m not. I think the Hulk’s comic is only okay.
I finally realized the difference. The TV show was about David Banner, the comic book is about the Hulk. I found David Banner (doing his best impersonation of David Jansen’s Fugitive) to be the more interesting character.
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Bill Bixby is appealing. I never tumbled to the show because slow-motion Lou Ferrigno in body paint didn’t measure up to the comic book Hulk I loved. Now, of course, I can see how the character was cleverly reframed for the realities of 70s TV … but at the time, it was only the comics for me.