ow/white pgs; QES Certified: Criteria met: impressive prime focal area + sharp right edge with no chipping + deep color strike (purple, yellow and 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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This copy of Incredible Hulk #1 bears an 8.0 Universal Grade from CGC, with off-white to white pages, as well as QES Certification signifying its impressive prime focal area, sharp right edge with no chipping, and deep color strike. These qualities come together to make an astonishingly beautiful book. The iconic Jack Kirby cover is stunningly clear, featuring the world's first look at The Incredible Hulk, Bruce Banner, as well as Betty and Thunderbolt Ross, cornerstones of the Marvel Universe. The cover copy advertises The Hulk as "The Strangest Man of All Time!!" and implores the reader to decide whether he is man or monster? This is a gorgeous copy of a historical issue that would be a welcome addition to any collection or investment portfolio.
Overstreet Guide 2021 VF (8.0) value = $58,600.
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