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From the Mouths of the Marvels:

HULK SMASH!!!!

No two words, ever in the history of American pop culture, have been able to incite a more visceral reaction. It's the call of the wold, the release of the spoiled child, the id in all of us allowed to run free."

-- Joe Quesada, from the introduction

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From the Inside Dustflap:

Within a span of thirty months, writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby created an astounding lineup of Marvel Comics characters in the early 1960s that are synonymous with the term "superhero" in American pop culture. Among these new legends was one character who stood apart. He didn't fight super-villains like Spider-Man, or defend the lofty ideals of liberty and justice like the Avengers, or even protect innocents like Daredevil. Instead, he simply wanted to be left alone. Lee and Kirby drew upon the classic tales of Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde to create an outcast that represented the inner rage inside each of us. When Bruce Banner's anger is unleashed he transforms into an unstoppable force of nature known as the Incredible Hulk.

Since his introduction in Hulk #1, the Hulk has been adapted and animated, televised and computerized to appeal to fans of all ages. From kids playing with Hulk action figures to adults watching the weekly Friday-night episodes of the Hulk TV show after the kids went to bed, the Hulk has proven his power as a worldwide cultural icon for the last four decades. Now, with the release of Ang Lee's blockbuster Hulk film, Marvel Comics presents the definitive guide to this influential character. This book covers it all, including such smashing subjects as:

The Hulk's salad days: Four decades of comic books had to start somewhere. Learn how Lee and Kirby dreamed up the Incredible Hulk, and meet the villains who've been keeping him busy for more than four hundred issues.

Big Green on the small screen: Actors Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno formed the flip sides of the TV Hulk, which was consistently the highest rated program on Friday nights for four years. A perpetual favorite on cable television, the Incredible Hulk still holds sway over modern viewers.

The Hulk in bulk: From action figures to wallpaper, the Incredible Hulk has been adapted into an astounding array of merchandise. Take a look at the successful (and not so successful) variety of items to feature the Hulk's emerald image.

The Hulk hits it big: Director Ang Lee makes every Hulk fan's dreams come true with the major Hulk motion picture. Take a peek behind the scenes at what drew Lee and the principal film actors to this character, and the mind-blowing special effects that will bring the Hulk to life.

Plus: the people behind the Hulk. From Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to the writers and artists who have shaped the character throughout the years, this is the story of the creators behind the myth.

With his illustrious history behind him and so many big projects on the horizon, the future of the Incredible Hulk looks green indeed. Whether you're a new fan or a long-time fanatic, there's something new for everyone in this definitive guide to everything that is the Incredible Hulk!

 

 

Marvel Encyclopedia, Vol. 3:
The Hulk


List price: $19.99 (US) $32.00 (Canada)
ISBN: 0-7851-1164-6 Original Release Date: 5/29/03
208 pages

Buy From:
TALES OF WONDER: $9.99 AMAZON USA: $20.99
AMAZON UK: 15.07 AMAZON CANADA: used


CREATOR CREDITS:

Editor: Jeff Youngquist
Writer: Kit Kiefer
Hard Cover Art: Adam Kubert
Front Dust Jacket Cover Art: Dale Keown
Back Dust Jacket Cover Art: Joe Jusko
Interior Art: dozens of Marvel artists, from Michael Golden, Bruce Timm, Herb Trimpe, Jack Kirby, Leinil Frances Yu, John Romita, Jr., Stuart Immonen, Adam Hughes, and many more
Copy Editor: Jake Kornegay
Art Director/Designer: Matty Ryan

BOOK LAYOUT:

Marvel Encyclopedia Vol. 1 is a collection of essays, art pieces, photographs and reprints of original comics (Hulk Vol. 1 #1, Hulk Vol. 3 #34, and Ultimates #5.) The essays are all written by Kit Kiefer and range across all facets of Hulk history old and new, from the comics, toys and merchandise, television show and movie.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

I: INTRODUCTION

  • by Joe Quesada (2 pages)

II: BLEEDIN' GREEN

  • Why the Hulk Matters
  • The Hulk in Comics History: Why this outcast lasted
  • The Hulk in the Pop-Culture Landscape

III: GREEN AND GROWIN'

  • The Hulk's Salad Days
  • Meet the Family: Bios on Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Thunderbolt Ross, Major Glenn Talbot, Rick Jones, Doc Samson, She-Hulk
  • Hulk Stats & Specs
  • Big Heads & Leather Pants: Great Hulk villains (overview of Hulk rogue's gallery)
  • How Do You Capture A Hulk Anyway?

IV: HULK #1

  • reprint of Incredible Hulk #1 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

V: HULK, AS IN BULK

  • From Flying Fists to Fun Putty (toys and merchandising through Hulk history)
  • Hulk Video Games
  • Crouching Toys, Hidden Figures: The story behind the Hulk movie toys

VI: BIG HULK, SMALL SCREEN

  • The Hulk on TV
  • Hulk TV FAQ
  • Hulk's Greatest Hits: Top 10 TV show episodes
  • The Forgettable Hulk: Bottom 10 TV show episodes
  • Hulk Animated

VII: THE HULK REBORN

  • This Ain't Your Daddy's Hulk (essay on Bruce Jones' Hulk)
  • A Big Green Guy On the Move: Valuing trends for Hulk comics
  • The Real Green Monsters: The most valuable Hulk comics
  • Top 10 Hulk Battles
  • I'm Not Bad, I'm Just Drawn That Way: The ever-changing Hulk (how different artists approach the Hulk)
  • Top 10 Hulk Comics

VIII: INCREDIBLE HULK #34

  • reprint of Incredible Hulk #34 by Bruce Jones and John Romita, Jr.

IX: BIG HULK, BIG SCREEN

  • The Hulk At the Movies (essay on Ang Lee's The Hulk, with extensive information and pictures of actors in the film)
  • Puttin' the "Marvel" in Films

X: GREEN DAY

  • The Hulk Commands the Spotlight- Again! (epilogue essay)

XI: ULTIMATES #5

  • reprint of Ultimates #5 by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch

XII: INDEX


-- synopsis by Gormuu

       
     

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