Tuesday, May 1, 2012
New Ring Pattern: The Incredible Hulk
Today's ring pattern is inspired by the Incredible Hulk. The Hulk is most frequently portrayed in comics as either, a giant angry smash monster, or as a childlike behemoth who likes to buy beans. My personal favorite portrayal of the Hulk, is from a story that never took place. Marvel Fanfare was a comic from the 70's and 80's that printed the extra stories from several books that got overtaken by continuity. These were stories they had ready to publish in case a deadline wasn't met, but that never actually got published, and that no longer made sense in the ongoing continuity of the original series. So, the published them in Fanfare.
Marvel Fanfare #29 featured the Hulk. The great thing about this story was that every page was a single panel splash page. The Hulk as he was meant to be, filling each page with a single image! I loved that in this story it was a very calm and contemplative Hulk. No "Hulk SMASH!". No "Hulk wants pants!". A very different story indeed.
Did you know that the Hulk was originally gray? It was a coloring issue that made him green - gray was hard to do with the printing technology of the time. Green was easier.