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Paul W. Sondersted, Jr.
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Posted: June 11 2019 at 8:59am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

The Original cover as published...


Cover "retooled" for Peter David's Hulk Visionaries, vol 4
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Posted: June 11 2019 at 9:21am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Thanks guys, I definitely have to pick up that original Hulk issue now!
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Ahh, so much respect for the art!
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I do love this cover by Esad Ribic. 




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Nice craggy Thing. Hulk looks kinda like Ah-nold.
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Are the two sizes on point?
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It’s hard to get a fix on how big the Hulk is. When I first started reading his adventures he could fit easily thru a normal sized door, and even sit (disguised) in an airline seat—presumably not first class!

By the time I started working for Marvel he was officially seven feet tall and 1000 pounds.

The Thing, meanwhile, was frequently drawn as shorter than Reed Richards, who is, unstretched, around 6’2”.

Since my day, both characters have bulked up considerably—not helped by the movies apparently using size as a visual metaphor for the Hulk getting stronger as he becomes more and more enraged.

So, are they on point? Short answer, I don’t know!

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not helped by the movies apparently using size as a visual metaphor for the Hulk getting stronger as he becomes more and more enraged. <JB

I really, really dislike this storytelling shortcut. It's right there alongside introducing a new character who beats the Hulk easily to demonstrate how strong the new character is.

"Hulk is the strongest one there is." Sort of half-lifes as it resonates throughout the MCU.  
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Consistency in characters' heights is something I really appreciate (I think you have done a really good job with this over the years, JB -- another one of your mutant powers). 

Crazy growth spurts aren't just restricted to the Thing and the Hulk. The Blob has also turned into a giant.

Here he looks like he might not even be 6 foot tall:


While here he could be over 10 feet (!):

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Underdogs are hard to find at Marvel, these days.
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 Andrew Cate wrote:
...Are the two sizes on point?...

It's close to what Kirby did on this classic cover...

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Wallace Sellars
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Peter, I like the look of the "old" Blob, and think JB did a great job portraying
him in XMHY.

Matt, that's still my favorite Hulk vs the Thing drawing!

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