Meet the monster behind the man in Hulk, the explosive third volume in Folio’s ‘Marvel Heroes’ series, showcasing some of the most iconic characters in comic book history. Roy Thomas introduces landmark stories by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Al Ewing.
‘One of the brightest stars in the Marvel firmament.’
Roy Thomas, from his introduction
Landing with the force of an experimental gamma bomb, Hulk will blast you off your feet. Following Captain America and Spider-Man, this third volume in Folio’s exclusive Marvel Heroes series celebrates the 60th anniversary of the green-skinned goliath. Inside, you’ll find a complete replica of the character’s debut comic book, 1962’s The Incredible Hulk #1, along with 12 more landmark tales from the Hulk’s 60 year rampage. Selected by multi-award-winning former Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas and scanned directly from original comic books, these tales cover an eye-opening variety of themes. You’ll witness Hulk’s (literally) earth-shattering battles with the Sub-Mariner and debut Super Villain the Wendigo, as well as visionary confrontations with Hulk’s evermore diverse array of alter egos. Including work by Hulk co-creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, alongside several contemporary Marvel masters, this heavyweight hardback comes bursting out of a glorious green slipcase designed by British Marvel artist Jim Cheung. His slipcase comes with the Hulk’s fist icon pounded onto the cover, while the book’s binding and endpapers feature Cheung’s staggering original art.
Bound in blocked-cloth and paper printed with a design by Jim Cheung
Prelims set in Miller with Benton Sans display
304 pages printed in 4-colour throughout
Endpapers printed with a design by Jim Cheung
Cloth slipcase blocked with a design by Jim Cheung
A scientist caught in the gamma-radiating blast of his own experimental bomb, Doctor Robert Bruce Banner was to become a musclebound green monster whenever rage got the better of him. Combining the tragedy of Frankenstein’s Monster with the conflicting personalities of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, the Hulk was born in May 1962, shortly before the Cuban Missile Crisis. Folio has reproduced that explosive debut – Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s The Incredible Hulk #1 – as an immaculate replica included with this edition. Scanned in its entirety from an authentic collector’s copy, complete with original print flaws and vintage ads, this is the book that established Hulk’s tragic origin story. But this powerhouse character would go on to prove that there was much more to him than ‘HULK, SMASH!’ Collected here are the milestone stories describing that evolution, from simple-minded green monster to multifaceted symbol of toxic rage. Chroniclers include key Hulk writers Steve Englehart and Peter David, as well as modern Marvel master Al Ewing, and iconic artists including Herb Trimpe and Hellboy’s Mike Mignola.
‘These Hulk stories were really getting sophisticated – or maybe just complicated – or something! But, of course, that growing sophistication merely echoed the growing age and maturity of Marvel’s readership over the years.’
Roy Thomas, from his introduction
As Roy Thomas’s in-depth introduction explains, it was Stan Lee’s casting a misunderstood monster in the role of the Super Hero that gave the Hulk such longevity. This collection includes the epic smackdowns for which the Hulk is famous, including 1968’s Let There Be Battle! – in which Hulk and the Sub-Mariner turn the entire West Coast into their private battleground – and 2006’s Planet Hulk, a gladiatorial extravaganza that inspired scenes in Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok. These freewheeling fight-fests provide a fascinating contrast beside 1985’s Monster, an unsettling tale that revises the Hulk origin story, uncovering the abusive childhood that doomed Doctor Banner to become a monster long before he was hit by those gamma rays. 2018’s The Walking Ghost, from award-winning series The Immortal Hulk, explores even darker aspects of the Hulk’s psyche. Hulk is another stunning comic book collection from Folio, one that will shatter your preconceptions of what a Super Hero can be.
'A Titan Rides the Train!' – Tales to Astonish #63 (January 1965)
'Let There Be Battle!' – Tales to Astonish #100 (February 1968)
'Heaven Is a Very Small Place!' – The Incredible Hulk #147 (January 1972)
'Spawn of the Flesh-Eater!' – The Incredible Hulk #162 (April 1973)
'Revenge!' – The Incredible Hulk #171 (January 1974)
'Between Hammer and Anvil!' – The Incredible Hulk #182 (December 1974)
'Monster' – The Incredible Hulk #312 (October 1985)
'Honey, I Shrunk the Hulk' – The Incredible Hulk #377 (January 1991)
'Lest Darkness Come' – The Incredible Hulk #420 (August 1994)
'Dear Betty . . .' – The Incredible Hulk Volume 2 #24 (March 2001)
'Planet Hulk – Exile: Part One' – The Incredible Hulk Volume 2 #92 (April 2006)
'The Walking Ghost' – The Immortal Hulk #2 (September 2018)
Stan Lee (1922–2018) – born Stanley Martin Lieber – was born and raised in Manhattan, the son of Romanian-Jewish immigrants. He became an assistant at Marvel’s precursor Timely Comics and was promoted to editor before he was 19. In 1961 he co-created The Fantastic Four #1 with artist Jack Kirby. The comic revitalised the Super Hero genre and helped establish the so-called Silver Age of comics. Lee went on to co-create numerous other characters including the Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man and many more. He served as editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics until 1972 and has since made dozens of cameo appearances in Marvel movies. He is widely regarded as one of the key architects of the Marvel Universe.
Jack Kirby (1917–94) – born Jacob Kurtzberg – was born and raised in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the son of Austrian-Jewish immigrants. Self-taught, he began working in animation and comic books and co-created Captain America (with regular collaborator Joe Simon) for Marvel Comics’ predecessor Timely in 1940. Following service in the Second World War, Kirby worked at various comic book publishers before returning to Marvel, where he co-created the Fantastic Four in 1961. Several more iconic co-creations followed, among them Thor, the Hulk and Iron Man. A pivotal figure of the so-called Silver Age of American Super Hero comics, Kirby developed an explosively kinetic art style that continues to influence comic book culture the world over. He was aptly nicknamed ‘The King’.
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