Axel-In-Charge: Extending "Secret Wars," Excitement for a "Totally Awesome Hulk"
Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we take a look at an interesting but short-lived comic book series from the early 1960s that was canceled after six issues, surely never to be seen again – Lee and Kirby’s Incredible Hulk!
The drama of the Incredible Hulk opens with an incredibly dynamic and brilliant illustrated opening sequence that was pretty much the most powerful origin sequence out of any of the Silver Age Marvel heroes (I suppose the Fantastic Four comes close)…
The look on Banner’s face when he’s getting pummeled with radiation – amazing.
As the series went on, new adjustments were made – by the end of #2 he was green, not grey and by the end of #3, he could come out during the daytime, his transformations were no longer triggered by the night.
In issue #5, he had a memorable battle with a foe who would stick around for quite awhile, the underground tyrant Tyrannus!
Finally, after defeating the Metal Master in #6, the series was wrapped up (with Steve Ditko pencils now) and the Hulk got a “happy” ending…
Naturally, though, this ending did not last long, as six months later the Hulk was back at it again, this time in the pages of the Avengers! And the rest, as they say, is history!
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