Doc Bruce Banner, Belted by Gamma Rays…”

I was talk­ing with a good friend recent­ly, and he raised a ques­tion. “How come you aren’t draw­ing more of those clas­sic Mar­vel or DC char­ac­ters for your site? You real­ly should be doing more of that stuff.” I had to think about that. There’s real­ly no good rea­son why I haven’t, because I do love that mate­r­i­al. Maybe it’s just one of those things where you’re so close to it, you can’t see it. Or maybe it’s because there are just so many oth­er things I also want to do. Any­way, this post is an attempt to start rec­ti­fy­ing the situation.

It seemed like it might be fun to take a shot at the Hulk. Sur­pris­ing­ly, I haven’t real­ly drawn him all that often. Hulk’s been around awhile. He’s achieved that rar­efied stra­ta of comics char­ac­ters where even many non-comics-read­ers know who he is (thanks to the recent movies, the TV show, and even the Hulk episodes of the “Mar­vel Super Heroes” car­toons back in the ‘60s).

There’ve been a num­ber of takes on the Hulk over the years, but if you’ve vis­it­ed my site much, it prob­a­bly won’t sur­prise you to find out that I grav­i­tate towards the ear­ly ver­sion of the char­ac­ter, as visu­al­ized by Jack Kir­by. There’s just some­thing very fun and pri­mal about that Hulk. He felt more like a wild card, unpre­dictable and mon­strous (appro­pri­ate, giv­en all the mon­ster comics Mar­vel was pub­lish­ing not too long before). I thought I’d try to cap­ture some of that ear­ly wild­ness, with­out nec­es­sar­i­ly com­plete­ly aping Kir­by. While it can be a lot of fun to do that, it seemed like a good idea to try to keep a lit­tle more of myself in there this time.

A big thanks to my friend Mark for sug­gest­ing I expand my horizons!

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4 Responses to Doc Bruce Banner, Belted by Gamma Rays…”

  1. Lyle Dodd says:

    Looks great! So glad you decid­ed to do this. When you gonna get around to draw­ing the Black Wid­ow? Just kidding.

    • Mark says:

      Glad you like it. Some­how, I just had a feel­ing it might appeal to you. 🙂
      Per­haps even­tu­al­ly I will get around to the Black Wid­ow. But there are prob­a­bly a lot of oth­er char­ac­ters I should also take a shot at first (from both companies).

  2. John G. Pierce says:

    A very nice draw­ing, albeit of a char­ac­ter who was nev­er one of my par­tic­u­lar favorites. Nonethe­less, I find it dif­fi­cult to imag­ine the comics world with­out the Hulk.

    • Mark says:

      That’s a good point! The Incred­i­ble Hulk was actu­al­ly the sec­ond reg­u­lar Mar­vel sil­ver age super­hero title. But his book got can­celled with issue #6, appar­ent­ly hav­ing a hard time man­ag­ing to engage with enough read­ers at that point. Obvi­ous­ly Jack and Stan must’ve felt there was some­thing in the char­ac­ter worth pur­su­ing though, because they brought him back again first in Avengers #1, then as a reg­u­lar co-fea­ture in Tales to Aston­ish.

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