The Incredible Hulk #102 - “Big Premiere Issue” (April 1968)
I haven’t posted one of these in a while, but we still have hundreds of vintage comics yet unseen in the Lizard Collection crypt. Tonight’s item is the “Big Premiere Issue” of The Incredible Hulk, featuring a great Hulk-transformation montage drawn by two Marvel artists, Marie Severin and Frank Giacoia, with lettering by Sam Rosen and Morrie Kuramoto. This copy looks almost new, like many of the books in our collection.
It’s numbered “102” because this series carries over from Tales to Astonish, in which the Hulk was sharing a book with the Sub-Mariner, because let’s face it, sharing anything with the Hulk never works out.
In this storyline, the Hulk has been transported to Asgard by Loki, that trickster. He’s a prankster, Loki. A series of incomprehensible events occurs, followed by a big fight. The Hulk gets killed, then Odin brings him back to life.
We’re talkin’ full-on deus ex machina here, people.