Monday, June 9, 2008

Monster Mondays: The Hulk, Man-Thing, and Berni Wrightson

Hulk 197

The Hulk has clashed with Man-Thing on several occasions, but this Hulk #197 (in 1975) was their first meeting,  What's extra-special about this team-up is the cover by Berni Wrightson.  Wrightson was strictly a DC artist from the beginning of his career, and this was the first time I had ever seen him do Marvel work.  Wrightson's best known creation, Swamp Thing, was co-created with Len Wein, the writer/editor behind this issue of the Hulk.  It was interesting to see Wrightson's take on Marvel's muck-monster, but I really like Wrightson's depiction of the Hulk.  Years later, Wrightson would team with Jim Starlin on a Marvel Graphic Novel featuring the Hulk and the Thing.

Hulk 197 Recreation

The interior art was by Sal Buscema and Joe Staton.  After googling for Hulk 197, I found this cover recreation by Our Pal Sal on Eelco's Original Comic Art Gallery.  Go check out the rest of his collection!  Nuff said.

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