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Each winter, after all the excitement of the holiday season has passed, I always feel a touch of melancholy. The shortened days with their gray skies, bare trees and cold winds have a lonely feel to them. Although winter this year has been quite mild, with plenty of sun-filled, picnic-perfect days, I still find myself […]Read More »
For over 50 years, the Incredible Hulk has been smashing his way through the Marvel Universe and into the hearts of fans. Whether you’ve discovered the tale of Bruce Banner and his other self through comics, TV, or film, get the whole story here…
On the far-off planet K’ai, Bruce Banner and his son Skaar reeled from what they’d discovered in INCREDIBLE HULKS #616: Hulk’s other son, Hiro-Kala, intended to drive the entire world into Earth to stop an ancient power. With the help of the Worldmind, Banner and Skaar stopped him in INCREDIBLE HULKS #617 and returned to Earth, though the scientist suffered from the loss of his offspring.
The two landed in the middle of the Chaos War in INCREDIBLE HULKS #618, and found themselves immediately opposing a menace called Mikaboshi and his lackey, the Hulk’s old foe Abomination. Rick Jones’ wife Marlo brought back deceased friends in INCREDIBLE HULKS #619 to aid the cause, but all seemed dark when Bruce’s late father appeared as a giant monster to terrorize him. While Marlo and the others fought Abomination and Mikaboshi in INCREDIBLE HULKS #620, Hulk ended his long-standing battle with his father once and for all.
Following that, Hulk fought his way through Olympus in INCREDIBLE HULKS #621 to enlist Zeus’ help in the Chaos War, but when the king of the gods put down the jade giant in INCREDIBLE HULKS #622, it fell to Hercules and other allies to save him. Meanwhile, in the Savage Land, a member of Hulk’s Warbound, Miek, plotted revenge against his former leader.
Hulk and Skaar traveled to the Savage Land in INCREDIBLE HULKS #623 to join with Ka-Zar against Miek, but the confrontation proved overwhelming in INCREDIBLE HULKS #624. In a final clash between himself and The Hulk in INCREDIBLE HULKS #625, the alien Miek lost his life.
Hulk’s genius friend Amadeus Cho declared Betty’s powers as Red She-Hulk to be unstable in INCREDIBLE HULKS #626, so Bruce flew off to Rome to confront her, only to discover her new alliance with his old enemy Tyrannus. Betty and the underworld tyrant sought Pandora’s Box in INCREDIBLE HULKS #627, but a dangerous group known as the Knights of Rome threw up a bulwark to stop them from seizing it. During the fighting in INCREDIBLE HULKS #628, Hulk and Betty rekindled their love for each other, but after the Knights fell in combat in INCREDIBLE HULKS #629, Red She-Hulk returned to Tyrannus and left Banner behind once more.
After years of being subjected to his “puny” host, Hulk demanded to be prominent in INCREDIBLE HULKS #630, and when a wishing well from the gods presented itself, he believed he’d receive his desire. Banner’s friend tried to bring him up and out of the green giant in INCREDIBLE HULKS #631, but the Hulk’s attention swung to monsters to be fought, including Lord Armageddon in INCREDIBLE HULKS #632.
The mystical, otherworldly Umar seduced the Hulk into dealing with the Mindless Ones in INCREDIBLE HULKS #633, and so Worldbreaker Hulk smashed them all in INCREDIBLE HULKS #634. In the end, a normal Hulk squared off against Red She-Hulk in the Dark Dimension in INCREDIBLE HULKS #635, bringing about the end of an era for them both.
The Hulk became possessed by a strange hammer from the skies in FEAR ITSELF #1. Now called Nul and under the command of Odin’s brother The Serpent, he battled the mighty Thor in FEAR ITSELF #4 alongside a transformed Ben Grimm, and even managed to seriously wound the thunder god in FEAR ITSELF #5. Through the efforts of Tony Stark and other heroes, Hulk found himself freed from Nul’s influence in FEAR ITSELF #7. He subsequently freed himself from Bruce Banner, somehow forcing an actual bodily separation from his alter ego.
Once again alone, Hulk hid out in an unknown, underground Moloid village in INCREDIBLE HULK #1, until called into the light to fight a new menace…Read More »
Feel the thunder with a episode of This Week in Marvel, featuring comics and more!
Ryan and Alex provide an overview on all the major comic releases of the week, including AVENGERS, BULLSEYE, and MONSTERS UNLEASHED! Ben welcomes editors Darren Shan and Kathleen Wisneski to discuss the just-announced new ROCKET series! Plus, your questions and comments!
Download episode #275 of This Week in Marvel, check out Marvel Podcast Central, grab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes, so you never miss an episode! We are now also on Soundcloud! Head over now to our new hub to listen to the full run of This Week in Marvel including our latest episode!
This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel VP & Executive Editor of Digital Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse, along with Marvel.com Editor Marc Strom, Marvel.com Assistant Editor Christine Dinh, and Manager of Video & Content Production Blake Garris. We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM, @BenJMorse, @chrissypedia or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!Read More »
With so many classic creatures on the loose in Monsters Unleashed, we turn to their earlier adventures thanks to Marvel Unlimited.
Don’t you just hate when you plan something for a long time only to discover that you’ve forgotten one small, but important element? If so, then you should empathize with the Space Beasts—well, only if you ignore that whole thing where they tried to conquer Earth.
The race debuted in the pages of TALES TO ASTONISH #29 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby when they invaded Earth, instantly exhibiting their ability to fend off fighter jets and disintegrate anything from statues to bridges. They soon conquered cities by destroying tank battalions and other heavy artillery. Eventually the conquerors made their way to more rural areas where they ran into a man named Jeb who stood up to the hulking brutes.
To the surprise of his family and others around them, Jeb succeeded in knocking out one of the aliens with the butt of his shotgun. In retaliation, another blasted the earthling with one of their disintegrator rays, but the shocks kept coming as the human stood his ground! He looked down to see that he remained unharmed, but the same could not be said for his metal buttons and belt buckle.
Quickly realizing that the ray guns only worked on metal, Jeb called out the information to everyone around him and they took out the contingent before spreading the word back to the major cities. With this crucial piece of information in mind, humanity found a way to fight back which soon led to a complete evacuation and retreat from the Space Beasts!Read More »
Every Friday we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place or object that made waves this week.
One of Marvel’s most menacing villains made history this week by headlining his first ever ongoing series. That’s right, with BULLSEYE #1, the man with impeccable aim jumped onto shelves thanks to Ed Brisson, Marv Wolfman, Guillermo Sanna, and Alec Morgan. As Bullseye heads down to South America for some fiendish fun and frolic, let’s look back to his very first appearance back in 1976’s DAREDEVIL #131 by Wolfman, Bob Brown and Klaus Janson.
The initial weapon wielded by the master assassin might strike you as a surprise: Bullseye’s first ever attack comes in the form of a paper airplane thrown perfectly through a high-rise window with a simple message: “Pay me $100,000 or I will kill you!!” The man on the other side of the divide, Mr. Hunnicutt, proves unlucky as he looks up to see the masked killer standing before him. With the unfortunate Hunnicutt having no money on hand, Bullseye picked up a pen from his office set and threw it into the poor guy’s neck! As we learn, the villain never had any intention of actually letting his victim live, instead intending only to bolster his murderous reputation.
Daredevil shows up to investigate and runs into a Daily Bugle reporter named Jake Conover who shares some information on the new assassin that came directly from the seeming psycho’s mouth. Turns out the unnamed man served in Vietnam where he not only relished killing the enemy but also discovered a talent for using throwing weapons. As a signed major league baseball pitcher, he could have returned after the war to that career, but instead moved to Africa where he became a mercenary.
On his way home from meeting with Conover, Daredevil finds himself in the blast zone of a lobbed grenade that sends him tumbling down into an alley where his assailant waits. Bullseye runs, DD giving chase only to wind up in another trap set at a circus!
The tale carries over into DAREDEVIL #132 where the actual big top battle takes place. Thanks to the explosion, the Man Without Fear suffers a series of other injuries that put him off his game. Unimpressed with his opponent’s skills, Bullseye escapes after blasting a pool of water with his special gun’s sonic cartridge.
Far from finished, Bullseye finds another target: a rich couple named Henry and Freda Foster. Using the same gun from before, he shoots a harpoon through the window that staples Henry’s arm to the wall. Doing his usual shtick of demanding money, Bullseye gives the Fosters a day to get the cash but warns them against calling the cops. When Henry does, he gets a sword through the hand.
At that same moment, Daredevil bursts into the room and takes on Bullseye at full power for the very first time. The assassin attempts to use everything from another pen to an umbrella to take out the hero, but ol’ Horn Head walks away the victor!
Not a fan of being bested, Bullseye continues to appear and becomes one of Daredevil’s most infamous enemies. Not long after this first appearance, he first tries to assassinate Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson and later kidnaps Matt’s girlfriend the Black Widow. Of course, he’s most well known as the man who murdered not one, but two of Murdock’s loves: Elektra and Karen Page.
When it comes to deadly dynamos in the Marvel Universe, few have caused as much damage as Bullseye, but even he’s played at being a good guy. In addition to chasing down rogue heroes during Civil War as a member of the Thunderbolts, he also became Norman Osborn’s Hawkeye in the group known as the Dark Avengers. Even when trying to do good things like stopping a malfunctioning Hulkbuster or stopping three guys from attacking a woman, his temper and disregard for innocent civilians usually led to death. In other words, being anything close to a good guy might be the thing that Bullseye couldn’t hit if his life depended on it.Read More »
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Not too long ago, we showed you how the team at TinyCo creates the various animations for the heroes and reformed villains that make up the student body in “Marvel Avengers Academy.” But how do the characters in this game get that special something that makes their world feel unique and cohesive? We wanted to know, and figured you did too!
So we borrowed Melissa Hester, Lead Concept Artist at TinyCo, to get a look at the process behind the creation of all our favorite students and faculty at “Marvel Avengers Academy.”
Marvel.com: Where does character design for “Avengers Academy” begin? Are the heroes and villains who appear in the game picked first, and then given their unique style from there, or do you sketch out what they will be like in-game a little bit as part of the selection process?
Melissa Hester: For each event Allen [Warner], our main writer, comes up with a set of Marvel characters for us to work on. Before I get started sketching out a concept, me and Allen chat for a bit about the character and what their personality is like. We have a lot of fun thinking of what kind of school archetype they would be and how they might fit in at the Avengers Academy.
Marvel.com: Once you’ve settled on a character who will definitely be in the game, how do you go about fine-tuning them for final release?
Melissa Hester: When we have a good direction for a character to go in, I start gathering references off the internet. I’ll first collect a bunch of references of the character and how he or she has evolved in Marvel history. Taking note of important symbols or any important designs within the existing character. I also get tons of reference art from Tim [Hernandez] and Isabel [Hsu] over at Marvel Games. From there I basically go online shopping for them! [Laughs] It’s my favorite part. I’ll look for an outfit that is modern and stylish but also something I feel they would choose. Once I’ve settled on a few different outfits I start sketching them out.
Marvel.com: The process must be very collaborative. What do the different groups contribute to the process, and when?
Melissa Hester: It is very collaborative! When I have sketched out several different looks for the character, we gather around and start narrowing in on the final look. First I meet with my art lead and Allen, but there are times we like to get the 3D and animation leads involved too. I love getting the team’s reactions and finding out who is digging what. Sometimes I’ll have a lot of feedback and do more concepts and other times I’ll hit a homerun from the get-go. Either way, it’s a fun process to discuss who each character is and sort of nerd out about them with the team here. Eventually we settle on a design internally and we then send them off to our Marvel team to get their input and a final character approval.
Marvel.com: How has the procedure changed from designing the initial cast to the new characters we see today?
Melissa Hester: In the early stages of our game we tried a few different approaches to doing character concepts. At the time David was our only lead artist and had set the art style for the game, but we were still trying to figure out how they fit into a modern fashionable world. We made a large sheet of paper doll style thumbnails for each character, that way we could run through a bunch of ideas really quickly. We did a lot of experimenting with trying to balance modern fashions with iconic super hero styles. Once we figured that all out the character design process became much simpler.
Marvel.com: Does the method vary from event to event?
Melissa Hester: Sometimes. If we are doing an event that coincides with a movie, like our Doctor Strange event, then we have a pretty clear direction for how we want the characters to evolve. But when we do an event with characters that haven’t been in the spotlight for awhile, Jocasta for example, we usually take more time trying to modernize them. It’s more challenging for me to work on those characters but also much more exciting!
Marvel.com: Have any of the Avengers Academy students or faculty changed drastically from their initial concept?
Melissa Hester: We usually have a good idea for each character’s personality based off who they are in the comic books, so we never go in a direction that’s too off course with who they are. But with that said some characters had several make-overs. Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Captain America all went through a long process of design. Black Widow went from being goth, to a heavy metal rocker, and then to her current bad-ass self!
Marvel.com: Who have you most enjoyed designing?
Melissa Hester: All of them! [Laughs] It’s really hard to choose, they are all so much fun. I think Enchantress stands out from the rest because she was the first character I designed for our game. I love a sassy mean girl, so I was excited when she was handed to me. I spent a long time trying to figure out how to combine her classic style with something modern. I tried several different approaches with sketching her out and there is an interesting evolution that takes place in her design that the other characters I’ve worked on don’t have. I also had a blast working on our A-Force event; I’m a sucker for strong female super heroes, like America Chavez! Her design is one of my favorites from the Marvel Universe. I feel lucky to have been able to work on her for “Avengers Academy. “
Any new characters coming up that you think fans will be excited to see in the world of “Marvel Avengers Academy?”
Melissa Hester: Yes, Wiccan is coming soon! He will be part of our Young Avengers event which is coming soon. I absolutely adore him and his whole romance with Hulkling! I had hearts in my eyes when I worked on those two. [Laughs] I’m really looking forward to getting them in my game!
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