Post by Hoosier X on May 21, 2014 13:53:20 GMT -5
As many fellow CCF members may know, I'm a big fan of the Hulk, specifically the Herb Trimpe era of the late 1960s and early to mid-1970s. The Hulk's Golden Age is not as long as the best era for Fantastic Four or Spider-Man (both of which run for 200 issues (or more)), but when I get down to it, this era of the Hulk is among my favorite runs of any comic series ever.
The way I consider the run adds some Gil Kane and Marie Severin issues at the start and some Sal Buscema issues at the end, for two reasons. 1) These are great issues; and 2) the extra issues contain story elements that are intertwined with the main bulk of Trimpe's Hulk issues.
I start with Tales to Astonish #89 because that's the first issue of a storyline that introduces the Abomination in the next issue, and the Abomination is a major star in the saga. And I finish it at #200 because that issue finishes off the "Glenn Talbot in a coma" subplot that began several years earlier. (In #166, I think.)
And I read the Hulk for years after #200. Long after #300, I was still reading it. I remember when Glenn Talbot was killed, and I remember when General Ross killed himself. (And I remember the female M.O.D.O.K. Lucky me!)
I like a lot of those later issues just fine, but they don't have the same spark as the Trimpe issues. I also feel like the Trimpe issues have a certain consistency that makes them work so well as a single run.
I recently got The Essential Hulk, Volume 3, from the library. This volume reprints Hulk #118 to #142, as well as one issue of The Avengers and a couple of issues of Captain Marvel. I've read almost half of these issues before, in one form or another, but it will be fun to read some of them again for the first time in many years, and also to read the rest of them for the very first time. I just read #125 and #126 and they are some great, fun stories! So I decided to start a Hulk thread to write about them!
But this thread isn't just for discussing Trimpe-era Hulk! All your Gamma-grams can come here. What's your favorite era of the Hulk? Should the Hulk be gray or green? Or red? Should he be dumb or smart? Is the Ang Lee film as bad as everyone says? Why do you like the Hulk? Why do you hate the Hulk? (That last question is an open invitation to YOU, Scott Harris! You better have a good answer or HULK SMASH!)