Monday, 10 September 2012

HULK SMASH!



Presented for your appreciation and approval, the covers of the first
three THE INCREDIBLE HULK Annuals. The face on #1 was redrawn by
MARIE SEVERIN, although JIM STERANKO's original fizzog remained
untouched on the cover reproduction used in adverts for the title. There
was something magical about these publications that modern, so-called
"King-Sized Specials" just can't match. I wish they'd bring them back.


8 comments:

david_b said...

HAD to pick up the 1st Special, despite the face, it's STILL Steranko..!!

Beautiful cover, well worth the investment.

Kid said...

Yup, it's a good 'un!

Anonymous said...

The Steranko Hulk cover was used (original face as well) for Mighty World Of Marvel number 129 (weekly) - Love those early Hulk comics and those King Size editions from the 60s - early 70s just have something about them that the newer editions can't replicate would love to pick these up - McScotty

Kid said...

Yeah, I think I've still got MWOM #129 and noticed that a good few years back. We Brits got quite a few covers unaltered from how they were originally drawn.

NP said...

In FOOM Magazine (hows that for a blast from the past!) they described the Hulk annual cover like this: "Ads showed a Steranko drawing of a sweating, straining Hulk. When the book was published the Hulk had a non-sweating Marie Severin head attatched". Er- I THINK they meant a "non-sweating Marie Severin-DRAWN head".

Kid said...

I'm lucky enough to have a complete set of FOOM mags, NP - I must dig 'em out and give 'em a look one day soon.

baab said...

totally iconic cover that .

Reminded me of FOOM and then you nonchalantly state the obvious....
FOOM was like gold to my young mind,I had a couple of issues,swaps of course.(vision and Doctor Doom covers)
My friend had the poster on his wall...was that not a steranko piece also?

Kid said...

Baab, yes - that poster was a Steranko piece. I must unfold it and take a photo for the blog one day. To be honest, I didn't think it was all that great. Good, but not great.