About this blog? Pretty easy, this blog was created to share and discuss the Incredible Hulk with fellow collectors and fans of the greatest comic character ever created. I hope the blog creates a great place for my fellow Hulk-o-philes to share the latest and greatest news about all things Hulk.
About me? I grew up with comics and sports, spending most of my youth engrossed in a comic or at the fields playing a game … or just hanging out with friends who shared these common interests. These hobbies have shaped my life and continue to be a big part of me to this day. Collecting Marvel/Hulk related items is a hobby that has reached peaks and valleys over the years but my love of the character(s) has remained. I now have 3 children who all have a healthy appreciation for Marvel and I think it is in their blood as much as it is in mine sometimes. Sports is also still a big part of my life and I am very active in my children’s sports and currently coach year round … but this is a Hulk blog so I will keep the focus on the green guy (maybe another blog down the road for my passion for youth sports).
Another hobby I enjoyed very early on was drawing. I had paper and pencil with me everywhere I went and the subject of my art was usually Marvel related heroes. I started drawing at a very young age and the art was probably the primary reason I latched onto comics. Comics captured my imagination like nothing else and my favorite Hulk artists were Sal and John Buscema, John Romita, and Herb Trimpe in my earliest years in the hobby. My introduction to the Hulk was at a time when the Hulk was being drawn by Sal Buscema and to this day Sal is my favorite Hulk artist. While I was buying new issues drawn by Sal, I was also scraping change together to pick up back issues with the Hulk that were drawn by Herb Trimpe. At this time I was also very much a fan of John Romita and John Buscema. Their art was very prominent in the marketing of Marvel merchandise at this time and I loved the artwork on the Hulk products that I was able to pick up at Christmas, birthdays, and when my parents acquiesced to my constant barrage (read begging) of requests for more comics, megos, etc.
As early as I can remember, I have been collecting. It is in my DNA to collect and I have collected one thing or another my entire life. I have tried to stop at times but once I get a handful of something (or more than one), my collector gene kicks in and I have a new hobby. Many hobbies have come and gone over the years but collecting Hulk related items is the one that has emerged as the strongest of all. It all started with the comics, mego characters (I still have the regular and large sized Hulks), and other toys from the mid 70′s to early 80′s and continues today with Hulk comics, action figures, statues/busts, and artwork, and anything else that catches my eye.
Artwork is my latest passion and where my focus lies today. The artists of my youth (mentioned above) set the bar very high for drawing the Hulk but there have been some excellent artists that have come along and carried the mantle in keeping the tradition of Hulk alive on paper. Some of my favorite artists to carry on the Hulk legacy are Dale Keown, Ed McGuinness, Carlo Pagulayan, Paul Pelletier, Lee Weeks, and Mike Deodato. There are more, but these are amongst my favorite artists to draw the Hulk comic.
In closing, I want to give a thank-you shout out to my fellow Hulk collectors (my gammabros) who make this hobby so much fun. You know who you are and I expect to see you here as soon I get this blog rolling. Special thanks to Steve for the persistent prodding to get a web site going – much appreciated … I needed the push.
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