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Marvel Masterworks: The Incredible Hulk - Volume 1 [Paperback]

Stan Lee , Jack Kirby , Steve Ditko

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Sept. 9 2009 Marvel Masterworks the Incredible Hulk (Book 1)
Celebrate Marvel's 70th anniversary by experiencing the tales of the world's most-famous super heroes from the very beginning! The Marvel Masterworks have brought readers deluxe hardcover collections of Marvel's classics from the Golden Age, Atlas Era, and the mighty Marvel Age, and now you can join in the Masterworks excitement with Marvel's new Marvel Masterworks trade paperbacks. In this volume, witness the birth of the green goliath himself in The Incredible Hulk Volume 1! Caught in the heart of a nuclear explosion, victim of gamma radiation gone wild, Dr. Robert Bruce Banner now finds himself transformed during times of stress into the dark personification of his repressed rage and fury: The Incredible Hulk! Collects The Incredible Hulk #1-6.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (Sept. 9 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785137149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785137146
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 17.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About 20 years too late... Oct. 7 2009
By James Lansberry - Published on Amazon.com
...but Marvel has finally decided to release the MM series in softcover formats at half the price. Here's hoping that stick with it.
Nothing spectacular in this set, it's the original six issues of the Hulk's 1962 run. Unlike the previous HC set, however,the color restoration process is based off of the original issues. Meaning, the Hulk's hair and skin are all one bland yellow-green, and Banner is shown with black hair.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Work April 14 2013
By SteveO - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting to see the origins of the Hulk. It's full of 1960's cheesiness, but still enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves the Hulk just to see the origins and early adventures, even if there's a few eye-roll moments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hulk from the start Dec 24 2012
By Isabelle Miller- - Published on Amazon.com
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It was nice to read the stories written even before I was born. Today's comics go for the adult theme, but these focused on human drama.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soooooo worth the money! Dec 10 2012
By VWZ - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a huge comic book fan since I was a child. And Hulk has always been my favorite. Being a girl, I never had comic books growing up. So when I saw these masterwork books I was so excited. It was so cool to see where the Hulk had started out and changed over the seasons. My daughter loves the masterworks so much she took mine! Now I have to buy myself another one. Really awesome and so glad they made these.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An economical alternative to buying the originals Sept. 28 2012
By Gregory Hatfield - Published on Amazon.com
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This volume collects The Incredible Hulk #1-6. The Hulk came quickly on the heels of Fantastic Four #1, and should have been a hit due to the popularity of the Atlas/Marvel monster stories. Unlike the FF, however, the Hulk failed miserably. Marvel gave it their best shot -- six bimonthly issues over a one year period, but it was no soap. This may be the reason why Spider-Man was first introduced in Amazing Fantasy #15. He stood a much better chance of being received in a magazine that already had a circulation, even if it wasn't that healthy. If it bombed, at least it would not be in his own title like The Hulk, sparing the publisher and creative team more embarrassment and possibly killing the FF along with it. After all, a comic book publisher cannot exist on the success of one magazine alone, and their older anthology books were starting to wane in popularity. Even the romance comics were doing better. Everyone knew that the revival of superhero stories was the way to go, due to DC's successful revamping of their Golden Age superheroes. Fortunately, the Amazing Spider-Man was an overwhelming success. Already 14 issues into the FF, the release of the Amazing Spider-Man #1 really helped propel Marvel into the Silver Age of superheroes, and by 1963, with the release of X-Men #1 and The Avengers #1 (not to mention Iron Man and Ant Man in Marvel's monster/sci-fi/fantasy anthology mags), the execs at DC were no longer laughing at the little mouse that roared. Of course, as most of you already know, Marvel eventually toppled that giant publisher a few years later, and this period in comic book history became known as "the Marvel Age of Comics."

The only complaint I have about this collection (and all of the Marvel Masterpieces) is that it was not printed on Baxter paper. Instead, Marvel used glossy stock, which is not the best medium for early four-color comics to be printed on. Great for the computer-generated stuff that has come out since the '90s, but not for these stories. Original comic book newsprint and Baxter paper, a thicker version of newsprint that ages nicely, was perfect for Silver Age comics and reprints like The Life of Captain Marvel, because they both have that ability to soak up, mix, tone-down, and soften the colors that look so garish on glossy stock. When DC reprinted their classics like Showcase #4 (1st appearance of the Silver Age Flash), they used the original comic book newsprint. Consequently, the reading experience was nearly identical to the original. That's very important to the Baby Boomers who were the target audience for these reprints. Because of Marvel's decision to use glossy stock, I can only give this product four stars.

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