The Immortal Hulk - Issue One - Marvel Comics

The Hulk Gets An Incredible New Direction With The Immortal Hulk

A couple of days ago, just as my shift down here in the Vault was about to end, the Retroist popped in and asked if I had checked out The Immortal Hulk yet. Honestly I had not the foggiest idea what he was talking about. With the arching of one of his eyebrows, he slid the first issue of The Immortal Hulk to me. A scant fifteen minutes later I was on the phone having my local comic shop add it to my pull list.

I am willing to bet that like many of you, my first encounter with Marvel Comics’ The Hulk was thanks to the 1978 NBC television series. Of course I had seen the jolly green giant featured on the covers of comics stocked up in the spinner rack of my local gas station. But as I have mentioned before on this site – in my youth I was pretty much an out and out DC Comics fan.

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Having said that I became quite the fan of the Hulk thanks to the 1982 animated series, which naturally was also on NBC.

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As I am about to discuss what makes The Immortal Hulk so different, consider this your SPOILER warning. While I do not regularly keep up with the current events of comics, most of my pull list are independents, it appears that at this time the World believes the Hulk as well as Bruce Banner are dead. Obviously that isn’t the case but one of the key mysteries of the book is why this is true – something has changed in Banner as well as the Hulk.

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All The Immortal Hulk images are courtesy of Marvel Comics.

We see how much of a change has taken place after a hold up at a gas station goes horribly wrong. A nervous assailant ends up killing innocent people…which includes Bruce Banner. However when night falls it is the Hulk that wakes up on the slab at the local morgue. He is angry and monstrous and is seeking out the one responsible for the killings.
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Much like Ghost Rider it appears he is drawn to deliver some kind of vengeance or perhaps I should say retribution? Judging by this first issue, the days of the Hulk being ‘noble’ and working alongside the Avengers is over. Furthermore the Green Behemoth acts more like Edward Hyde – egging on his assailant and taking no small amount of satisfaction at being the strongest one there is.
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An interesting point about the new The Immortal Hulk series is a nod to the 1978 television series. Bruce Banner can be seen reading an issue of the Nation Investigator in a couple of panels.
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As well as the fact we have a journalist on the case after the tragedy at the gas station and her name happens to be Jackie McGee. While it is of course true that in the 1978 TV series, Jack McGee who was played by Jack Colvin, works at the National Register – trust me on this, friends – this is most certainly a tip of the hat to the series by Al Ewing.
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The artwork for The Immortal Hulk is handled wonderfully by Joe Bennett, who you might know from his work on Black Panther: World of Wakanda and Teen Titans to name a few books he has provided art on. Although the covers so far are done by the legendary Alex Ross!
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Obviously this new Hulk comic isn’t going to be for younger readers. On the other hand if you are ready to see the character in a much different light – one that leans heavily on horror…a little like Swamp Thing – you need to be picking the book up. Where it will go from here is anyone’s guess but I think this new direction is much needed for the character and I look forward to seeing where it will lead.

Now that hopefully I’ve piqued your interest in The Immortal Hulk – let’s watch a scene from the 1978 show that you won’t probably see in the comic series.

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Exploring Candy Land: The VCR Board Game

Chutes and Ladders wasn’t the only classic Milton Bradley game to get a 1980s-modern makeover. In 1986, they took the classic game of finding King Kandy, gave it a videocassette, and made it into a new version. That game, you ask? Why, the Candy Land VCR Board Game!

Wait, doesn’t a VCR Board Game sound like something I’ve already covered?

Previously, on Retroist…

Climb the tallest ladders, descend the most twisted chutes, and identify sounds and numbers while listening to four fun stories.

Sounds familiar, right?

Last time on Retroist, I looked at 1986’s twist on the classic concept of Chutes and Ladders, complete with a videocassette. Not content to rest on the laurels of creating such a fun and innovative twist, Milton Bradley created a counterpart-type game for another childhood favorite, Candy Land!

They called it…Candy Land VCR Board Game!

Because, you know, creativity!

Candy Land VCR Board Game

Welcome to Candy Land! Meet the Candy Land Kids!

Aren’t they cute?

They don’t have names, so just refer to them as Candy Girl and Candy Boy. That always works!

Among somewhat familiar-sounding voices throughout, I’m convinced the girl is the same voice as the Cricket talking doll.

Like Chutes and Ladders before it (or at the same time, rather) Candy Land had separate games that relied on players knowing a certain aspect (numbers and sounds) of the game. A card was removed from the board each time a certain sound or number was revealed in one of four different stories.

In Candy Land, players remove cards based on colors and pictures.

Are you ready?

Let’s venture into Candy Land!

Game 1: Who’s Been Eating My House?

This game relies on players removing cards from the board based on colors mentioned during the game (yellow sun, blue sky, purple plum, and green gum drop, among others). Players help the Candy Kids (and Grandma Nutt) find out who has been consuming pieces of Nutt’s house.

Also in this game?  Overuse of “royal,” music that sounds vaguely like the Muppet Babies scene music, and voices you’ve probably heard in other cartoons.

Oh, and “illegal munching of property that doesn’t belong to you.” Thank goodness a crime like that only exists in Candy Land.

Game 2: Lonely Old King Kandy!

“Lonely Old King Kandy!” relies on picture cues. Players place all picture cards face-up on the board, and remove them when prompted by the tone and the picture card.

In this story, King Kandy is lonely, and upon looking at his calendar, realizes it is his birthday (how did he forget this?!). King Kandy composes a royal decree using a plucked feather from his messenger’s cap to summon the people of Candy Land with the promise of a reward should someone be able to cheer him up.

You know, whatever it takes to win over friends!

Game 3: Lord Licorice’s Surprise!

“Lord Licorice’s Surprise” relies on color cues, with the same gameplay seen in “Who’s Been Eating My House.”

In this game, Plumpy and Jolly venture off with licorice for Queen Frosteen. It’s an adventure fraught with sinking in mud, rain, and the Orange Soda Sea.

I kid you not. It all sounds like a hallucinogenic nightmare!

And if that’s not bad enough, Lord Licorice has a nefarious reason for sending off Plumpy and Jolly with his licorice.

Well, as nefarious as Candy Land knows how. (Refer back to Game 1 to see what Lord Licorice did there!)

Game 4: Don’t Say “Fluffypuffer!”

What, you’ve never heard such a ridiculous word?

The final game relies on picture cues. In this story, Mr. Mint spots a visitor floating in on balloons. The visitor’s name is “Fluffypuffer,” and he sounds like Mickey Mouse. I’m not making this up.

Why should one not say “Fluffypuffer,” you ask? If you’ve seen Gremlins, it makes perfect sense.

Transitions

Between games, players are given an opportunity to set up the board for the next game via transitions. In Candy Land, the transition after game one is Grandma Nutt playing with a Jack-in-the-Box (which made me jump!). After game two, Mr. Mint lighting a giant Roman Candle (which became tradition after the events of “Lonely Old King Kandy!”). At the conclusion of game three, the Candy Clock is set to count down to the final game.

Availability

The Candy Kids are also shameless promoters for their friends’ game.

Milton Bradley (via then-new owner, Hasbro) released the game in 1986, the first revamp since the 1984 and 1985 versions, and the last until 1998. A 2005 feature film, Candy Land: The Great Lollipop Adventure, gave way to a mid-2000s twist on the video format version, this time with a DVD!

I did not own this version, or any other version of Candy Land. To this day, I don’t think I’ve ever played it either.

Until now.

Well, played in the sense. I don’t actually own a copy of the VCR game, so I’m “playing” by watching the video.

Would you like to play?

Let’s Watch/”Play” The Candy Land VCR Game!

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My Take

The animation style of Candy Land VCR Board Game is more colorful (and not as limited in its animation style) than Chutes and Ladders, but the quality is on par with its VCR Board Game counterpart. The voices are equally colorful, and I think the Candy Kid Girl sounds an awful lot like talking doll Cricket.

Then again, I did spot “Mickey Mouse” among the Candy Land regulars.

His name here is “He Who Shall Not Be Named,” which sounds like a threat by the Walt Disney Company for using their character’s name is any article.

As VCR Board Games go, especially in the spirit of the Chutes and Ladders game, this game is a different twist on the classic concept. Since I’ve never played either classic version (I owned Chutes and Ladders VCR Board Game, but not Candy Land VCR Board Game), I only have what I’ve seen here to go on. And call me crazy, but I think I would have enjoyed this better than the classic version. I know I liked the Chutes and Ladders game, and that still was appealing based on watching the video.

In a world of VCR Board Games, I’m glad there were games like Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders, which really worked well for younger kids being able to play independently. I know that no player wins or loses, but still, this is a creative way to play.

Be sure to check out YouTube user VCR Board Games to see their amazing collection!

So as we leave behind Candy Land and the Candy Kids, see you next time!

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Did You Know Dr Who Met The Pigs In Space?

Wait, what did I just type? However, it is quite true – Dr Who met The Pigs in Space. Furthermore it was just last week that this unlikely event took place. All of it thanks to the live stage show The Muppets Take the O2 on July 13th and 14th. Better yet, during the two day event, depending on which show you caught you saw Peter Davison or David Tennant! As you might imagine when Dr Who met the Pigs In Space hilarity ensued.

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In addition to both David Tennant as well as Peter Davison appearing in the show. The Muppets Take the O2 featured Bobby Moynihan as host, a role he filled in 2017’s The Muppets Take The Bowl. Which was of course the event at the Hollywood Bowl. You can see Moynihan getting a high five from Kermit in the below clip as well as Paul Williams and Floyd sharing a moment.

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Besides Moynihan The Muppets Take the O2 also featured other celebrities. Such as Kevin Bishop who portrayed Jim Hawkins in 1996’s Muppet Treasure Island. It turns out he attempted to help the Swedish Chef create haggis during the show. Also performing was Kylie Minogue, Anthony Head and the British pop group known as Steps, among others.

[Via] Automorph

Back to when Dr Who met the Pigs In Space, if you attended the show on Saturday the 14th, you were treated to the appearance of the esteemed Peter Davison.

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Images courtesy of the Muppet Wiki.

If you caught The Muppets Take the O2 on Friday night however you saw David Tennant as the Doctor.

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Now that you have seen what happened when Dr Who met the Pigs in Space. Do you feel it was as funny as when Luke Skywalker met the Pigs in Space?

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Death By Toys Creates A Kenner Inspired NES Toy Line

Friends, I was on my lunch break down here in the Vault, when I stumbled upon these custom Nintendo game characters by Death By Toys. A couple of things occurred to me when I started to check them out. The style looked familiar for one thing and for good reason. As the artist responsible was formerly known as the Chicago Toy Collector. Whose real name is Dan Polydoris and we have shared his work on this site once or twice before. We at the Retroist are always happy to see his latest project, which as you can plainly see this time is a Kenner inspired NES toy line!

I of course realize there are many wonderful artists making custom acting figures out there. But with Death By Toys you have the added element that those customs are crafted using vintage toy parts. Case in point with this excellent Samus Aran from 1986’s Metroid – you have the head from an G.I. Joe BAT as well as the chest of a Kenner 4-LOM figure.

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All custom figure images courtesy of Death By Toys.

I cannot truly tell you how much I would have loved to own a Simon Belmont figure back in the day. My first encounter with 1986’s Castlevania was thanks to letting a friend borrow my copy of Konami’s Jackal.

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I should add that for the Kenner inspired NES toy line – Simon features a vintage Lando Calrissian in his Jabba’s Palace outfit. In addition that whip apparently was constructed using parts from the Playmates Star Trek: The Next Generation toy line.
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Going out on a limb but I bet part of the Belmont Family’s weapon of choice belongs to the Lt. Barclay action figure. Yes, that is indeed my own Barclay figure…I will brook no disagreement on my thoughts that Reginald Barclay was one of the greatest supporting characters.

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“Well, it… it just occurred to me that I could set up a frequency harmonic between the deflector and the shield grid, using the warp field generator as a power flow anti-attenuator, and that, of course, naturally created an amplification of the inherent energy output.”

Anyway, with Mario you have a vintage collection Kenner Star Wars toys. The head comes courtesy of the Bespin Guard whereas the body is from Luke’s X-Wing Pilot figure.
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Next we have a figure for 1988’s Mega Man 2 which features the head from that Luke X-Wing Pilot figure and the body of the Death Star Commander. While Mega Man’s arm blaster isn’t from a vintage toy it is in fact IG-88’s head?!
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Last but certainly not least is Link from The Legend of Zelda. The hero of Hyrule was created with parts from a vintage Ree-Yees, ‘Farmboy’ Luke Skywalker, and even the legs of the Motorcyle rider from the Fisher Price Adventure People toy line.
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Dan made these for his own personal collection but you can check out his official site to see more customs. Although there is a bit of salty language scattered about the site, so a little word of warning.

Now then with the first wave of the Kenner inspired NES toy line out of the way. Death By Toys can concentrate on that Lt. Barclay line of figures, right?