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.
An 8.0 CGC-graded copy of the Incredible Hulk #1, from May 1962. This striking book includes off-white to white pages illustrating a classic Stan Lee and Jack Kirby story with the first appearances of the Hulk, Rick Jones, Betty Ross, and General Ross. This marks a major cornerstone for the Marvel Universe and comics as a whole. The yellow hues of the enthralled onlookers beautifully match the title logo, and the central figures of Banner and the Hulk look terrifyingly sharp. An 8.0 recently sold for $150,000. This issue was a stepping stone towards the upcoming Avengers #1 that would come out the next year. The Hulk has starred in countless MCU movies and is soon crossing over to MCU shows as well, with the upcoming Disney+ She-Hulk series. Bid today for your chance at something truly incredible!
Overstreet Guide 2021 VF (8.0) value = $58,600.
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