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Michael Meredith
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I bought this book off the spinner rack when I was 9 years old and remember thinking the cover looked weird for some reason.   I looked at it again when I was older and realized how “off-scale” the Hulk was. One of Iron Man’s clinched fists is about the size of the Hulk’s head.




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Murgle glurgle phlurgle...

(Damn, it's hard to talk when I'm biting my tongue!)

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Robert Shepherd
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Must of caught Hulk in mid-transformation - larger than Banner, smaller than Hulk - yeah that must be it...;-)
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Pretty easy to understand after I zoomed in on the image.
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Maybe the water is really cold, and Hulk is suffering from shrinkage.
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Wallace Sellars
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Michael, I first read this comic as a kid, too, and have thought the same thing
for quite a while.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I also recall being bothered by the fact that Iron Man "beat" the Hulk… even in
his own book!
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James Johnson
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Wallace,

I see that defeat the same way Doc Samson got that one punch ( beautifully rendered by JB) that K.O.'d the Hulk.
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Wallace Sellars
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Wallace,

I see that defeat the same way Doc Samson got that one punch ( beautifully
rendered by JB) that K.O.'d the Hulk.



JJ, you may be right, but I see that as bit different. The Hulk didn't think Doc
Samson was real, so had totally let his guard down. If the Hulk can fight the
combined forces of the Avengers (including Iron Man and Thor) and the
Fantastic Four to a standstillI, how can Shellhead beat him all by his lonesome?
I know Iron Man put all of his energy into one punch, but… but…

Maybe it's just that I was such a big Hulk fan as a kid.
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That is a Bob Layton drawing...
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Shaun Barry
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I was a big Bob Layton fan back in the day... yes, he's not perfect, but if I'd seen that on the stands when I was 8 years old, I would have begged my mother to grab me a copy.

And even today, I want to read that issue right now!


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I'm going to allow myself one comment on this drawing, since it's an opportunity for a mini art lesson.

This is a mistake many artists make -- including yours truly in the early days. They tend to forget that each link is like a donut, and has a fairly consistent thickness all the way around. Each link passes thru the hole in the center of the other, their "edges" do not overlap.

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Michael Penn
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There are aspects of Bob Layton's work that I liked back then and can still appreciate, for sure. 

But Iron Man's nipples is not one of them.
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Peter Martin
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How did Layton do the 'nipples' differently?

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Bill Collins
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Am i mis-remembering,but didn`t Iron Man re-charge his suit via the nipples?
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Thom Price
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I hope that chain is made out of Adamantium, otherwise Hulk should be able to break out of it as easily as I would after being wrapped in tissue paper.
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The plugs on Iron Man's chest plate were there from the beginning, even on the gray armor. As I recall, it was Jim Starlin who first lowered them from just below the collar bones to nipple height.
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Richard White
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Perhaps Joel Shumacher could direct the next Iron Man film.
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After a quick check it looks like they were moved in Iron Man #78 when George Tuska returned to the book after a brief run by Arvel Jones.
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Charles Valderrama
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Is there much difference in these covers? Seems the Hulk's size was kind of an issue over the years….

-C!



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Peter Martin
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Doc Samson's giant sexist days.
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Wallace Sellars
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I'm not as bothered by the Hulk & Doc Samson cover. It's been a long time
since I read his origin story, but I recall him being pretty beefy.

Doc Samson also started off as strong as a calm Hulk, but seems to have
gotten weaker over the years.
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Doc Samson also started off as strong as a calm Hulk, but seems to have gotten weaker over the years.

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When Roger Stern and I did the HULK ANNUAL with Angel and Iceman, there was a scene originally drawn as the Hulk leaping up to latch onto a launching rocket, then Samson leaping a moment later and missing.

Shooter order the scene redone, saying it made it appear as if Samson was stronger than the Hulk. Rog and I asked how this could be, since Samson jumped and missed. "But he jumped further!" said Shooter. Rog and I argued that this had nothing to do with defining either character's strength, since the Hulk jumped only as far as he needed to, while Samson jumped as far as he could.

But the Whim of Iron was in force, and we lost that argument.

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LOVE hearing back stories like that.
Roger Stern.
Rog 2000.
Just put that together.
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Rogie got his name when I sent in a robot sketch to CPL, the fanzine Roger Stern was working on in the 70s. Since there were already several Rogers "on staff" our metal mascot was dubbed ROG-2000, and people have been mispronouncing his name ever since!
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Trevor Smith
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Funny, though I never made the Stern connection, I've
never pronounced Rogie's name as anything other than
"Roj".
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