INCREDIBLE HULK #1
CGC VF-: 7.5
Inspired by Jekyll & Hyde and the Jewish myth of the Golem, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby kept their Silver Age hot streak running with the big and brutal Hulk. This classic issue preys on Cold War fears of nuclear annihilation and the average American boy's body discomfort and confusion to create one of the most haunting and affecting of hero origins. Initially colored grey in his premiere appearance, the character was quickly reworked into a big green beast when the primitive four-color printing process mangled the grey color scheme throughout the book, altering the goliath's hue from page to page. The famous cover image still resonates with fans to this day, be it green or grey.
Presented in five parts, his origin story packs a punch. After Bruce Banner becomes exposed to his own gamma bomb, he undergoes his first transformation into the Hulk. What ensues is a tale of Cold War intrigue involving the interplay between two mutated beings, evoking the torment and poignancy of Frankenstein's monster.
The colors of the inks on this copy remain bright and vivid, unfazed by the passage of time. One of the most important and valuable Marvel keys, Hulk #1 is always a hot ticket item but in such fine quality, it will be subject of intense bidding at auction.
Overstreet Guide 2018 VF- (7.5) value = $41,525.
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