white pgs Kirby cover/art; origin & 1st app. Hulk, Rick Jones, Betty Ross, & General RossInspired 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 issue preys on Cold War fears of nuclear annihilation and the average boy's body discomfort 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.
While the initial run didn't sell in numbers big enough to be considered viable in the long term, the Hulk kept popping up in anthologies and guest spots alongside favorites such as the Fantastic Four until he returned to his own title after developing a following through his involvement with the Avengers.
This copy of Incredible Hulk #1 earned a stunning 8.5, with beautiful white pages. Hulk #1 is among the ultimate Marvel key issues, a book that is notably difficult to find in high grades. The purple and gray cover is quite stunning, with a sharp, iconic illustration that is recognized by comic fans worldwide. The central figures of the Hulk, Bruce Banner, Rick Jones, Betty, and General Ross are incredibly well-realized and clean. Only the slightest hints of this copy’s vintage are visible around the spine and corners of this incredible book. The Hulk is one of the most iconic Marvel characters, and this is a great copy of his very first appearance.
Overstreet Guide 2021 VF+ (8.5) value = $121,450.
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