Picked up a beat to hell copy of The Incredible Hulk #4 recently, and the content is just too good to keep to myself. So without further ado…
This particular issue is referred to as a “reader copy”. The cover is a little less than half way shredded (still attached) and has a small chunk missing from the bottom right. It is also suffering from “Marvel chipping”, where the edges of the cover are a bit brittle and tend to chip and break off if not handled properly.
My copy is also missing page 1, the title or “splash” page, which in fact makes it almost worth the cover price once again. But as is the norm for comic books of this age (it’ll be 52 years old this November) the interior is otherwise intact and in perfect reading shape.
So here for your viewing pleasure are some random panels from The Incredible Hulk vol. 1 #4
One of the best visuals in any Hulk story is the “transformation”. Especially in the early days…
The second story focused on a fight between ol greenskin with this guy:
Turns out Mongu was just a crummy robot with a dirty Commie inside.
Yes, the Hulk was challenged to a fist fight by a Russian Communist. You have to remember it was 1962, and even the Fantastic Four kinda owe their powers to the Russians…because their whole reason for sneaking into that rocket was to beat the Commies to the moon…
Also as a note: at this time Hulk was still wearing blue pants. He didn’t start wearing those stylish purple trousers until much later…
But it turns out in #4, a Hulk robot is seen sporting them first! Shades of things to come
And, as every story seemed to do in those days, ends with Bruce Banner and Rick hiding away into their underground lair to get some rest to figure out what the fu*k they were going to do tomorrow.
Little did they know they would be cancelled two issues later…
In 1976 the Japanese Microman series got it’s first remote controlled toy, er, ship, er fortress. Regarded as more a base than a vehicle, came the Transfer Fortress. A monster of a toy containing over 70 individual pieces to make 8 toys in 1.
The attention to detail was amazing, as shown by the box top interior which contained the “instruction sheet”.
Inside there were die cut cardboard inserts to hold specific parts, many of which were small easily lost. Before the choking hazard was an issue (forcing Mego to put large rubber tips on the projectiles) the Transfer Fortress came with suction cup tipped missiles which fired from the side cars which also could be played with as a gun.
To top off this beast of a toy was an insert on one side containing technical info and the famous “cut away” diagram illustration that many Microman toys came with
And the reverse side containing a cool painting of the base in action. As always it begs the question: where is this artwork now??
The following originals are for sale, specifically to fund prints of said originals. And for a few other special projects I have coming up. All prices below the sheet, and payment can be done via Paypal. User ID is email@example.com. All sales are first come first serve please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org please put “flash sale” in the header. Thanks for looking!
In 1959 the Renwal Blueprint Models Co., of Mineola N.Y. produced a very intricate plastic model called “The Visible Man”. At 1/5 scale, it is still a very detailed reproduction of the human anatomy.
I don’t know what the original srp of this model was, but I’m sure for the time it wasn’t cheap. Not only did it come with hundreds of small model pieces, it also came with a nicely illustrated introduction to anatomy booklet, assembly instructions and guarantee/part replacement order form.
At some point I might actually assemble this guy properly, but this also requires painting all the small pieces and painstakingly gluing them all into place. I’m not a very patient person unfortunately.
Many thanks to J. Selby from Halo Tattoo in NY for the trade.
Here are some recent daily jobs
Here’s a tiger I did recently, before and after adding some background. The placement of the tattoo was to cover a scar
Zombie Merle from The Walking Dead played by actor Michael Rooker , and on the clients sane leg starting zombie Herschel…
Ode to Jack Kirby (above) and Gustav Klimt (below)
And this last guy wanted the “2 Pac” cross. He didn’t have enough for that so we simplified it to fit his budget
In 1966 the Topps Chewing Gum company put out the “Marvel Flyers”. There were 12 Marvel Flyer styrofoam gliders, but Spidey was obviously the sexiest one of all.
Top and bottom sides
For a mere dime (half the price of a loaf of white bread) you could have hours of fun zinging Spidey through the air
And got $1.20 you could have the whole set
1. Insert wing and tail.
2. It flies!
(Note: step 2 does not say “throw”)
1966 must’ve been fun