ow/w pgs; QES Certified: Criteria met: impressive prime focal area + glossy + deep color strike (purple, yellow & grey)
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.
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The Incredible Hulk #1 is amongst the most valuable comics to be found in the entire history of the industry. Certainly one of the top-five books of the Silver Age, this issue has been breaking records in our recent auctions, and we expect this well-preserved, QES-certified copy to “Smash!” once again come hammer time, if history has shown us anything, there is sure to be some serious action surrounding this book. No real SA Marvel collection is complete without a copy of Hulk #1, and this example has clean edges, sharp corners, great centering, a bright and fresh color strike, with any visible wear is located at the furthest reaches of the iconic cover design, illustrated by the one-and-only Jack Kirby.
Overstreet Guide 2020 VF (8.0) value = $55,700.
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