This is the first of the Marvel Guides I've commented on. In the past, I've focused primarily on the DC titles (Superman, Batman, JLA), but this is the first real Marvel one.
Someone I've skipped the Spider Man and X-Men ones. Hey, A guy can't afford everything.
Anyway, I got an early copy of the text yesterday, and I must say Mr. Defalco did his homework and research really well. The Visual Guide covers most of the highlights of the Hulk's 40 year career.
The one advantage that the Marvel Books have over DC, is they don't have to worry about all the revisionism problems that DC ran into in the mid 80's when Superman and a few other character's history got rewritten. So in effect, the Marvel history is far more coherent, and doesn't have all the "glitches" the DC texts have.
As for this one, I loved the set up, and how the chapters were broken up. The major characters, and events were mentioned. Somehow I had the idea that the Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno tv version would get a few pages. But I was mistaken, this was a comics only Guide.
Still, it's a great overview, and the DK books have really helped give a general idea of the high points in the Hulk Comics. And the afterword points to some of the best stories.
I look forward to more of these books both from Marvel and DC. In particular, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil.
And from DC, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel and a few miscellaneous characters.
One side bar, is there any way, future versions of these books, can focus all the various incarnations of the characters from film, television, and cartoons.