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July 13, 2014

Sometimes I Love Comics In A Specific, Peculiar Way


For instance, I adore that in a small image gallery of John Byrne poster and pin-up images there's one that seems to be from a 1974 Counter-Earth storyline written for the Hulk title by Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas that feels less like a fan-favorite and more like "I thought no one remembered that one but me." I'm not saying it's bad, because I loved those Herb Trimpe-drawn comics when I was a kid. I'm just suggesting that if you had me guess which Hulk storyline might lead to such an image I might have made 100 guesses before landing on this one.

There's probably an extremely rational explanation for this -- it's likely just a commission from someone who enjoys that story -- but I don't want to know about it. Give me the random madness of comics any day of the week.

Update: Tony Isabella dropped me a line to say he scripted the third issue of this -- a rush job that turned out pretty well, and even included a dig at Nixon. Seven-year-old me was thrilled to hear from Tony; mid-forties me is happy and grateful.
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