The Incredible Hulk

Comic Books

The Incredible Hulk

Comic Books

Publisher: Marvel

About:
The first issue of The Incredible Hulk hit the newsstands in the spring of 1962. It was the second title launched during the Marvel Age, just a few months after The Fantastic Four debuted in late 1961. Like FF and most other Marvel “key” issues of the day, the first issue of The Incredible Hulk was produced by the legendary team of writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. Although the initial series lasted only six issues, the Hulk would eventually become one of Marvel’s most popular superheroes – powerful, significantly flawed, and immensely likeable, qualities typical of Marvel characters. The first issue introduces the character of Bruce Banner and his alter-ego, the Hulk. After being caught in a gamma bomb, mild-mannered Bruce Banner transforms into an unstoppable monster filled with rage. It also contains the first appearances of other key characters within the series, including Betty Ross, General Thaddeus Ross, and Rick Jones. In The Incredible Hulk #1, the mechanics of Bruce Banner’s transformation are still being developed; the Hulk appears whenever it is nightfall, instead of appearing at most anytime when Bruce Banner is stressed. It is also notable for being the only issue in which the Hulk has gray skin. By the time the second issue was created, the Hulk was given his signature green skin. The series literally came “out of nowhere”, Marvel essentially rolling the dice in the days when rival DC ruled the superhero comics publishing world. Unlike other Marvel superheroes that were introduced over the next few years – Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man, and Dr. Strange to name a few – there was no “try-out” for the Hulk. After launching the title, however, it ran only six issues, with Marvel relegating the Hulk to appearing in other Marvel titles before landing a regular feature spot in the anthology title Tales to Astonish in 1964. Eventually, the ultimate strongman earned his own title again in 1968. Because the first series is relatively rare compared to other Marvel Age “key” issues and ran for such a limited time, all six issues of the original series are highly collectible, with the demand resulting in high values, especially for the first issue, which currently commands the #2 spot on Overstreet’s Top 50 Silver Age Books list, second only to Amazing Fantasy #15. A copy in even FN 6.0 currently commands over $20,000, and copies in VF- 7.5 have recently realized $40,000-$50,000. In 2014 a NM- 9.2 copy went for $320,000! One of the more in-demand and valuable comic book issues from the Bronze Age is issue #181, published in 1974, revered by collectors for the first full appearance of Wolverine. The issue currently ranks #5 on Overstreet’s Top 10 Bronze Age Comics list and looks to keep climbing. Copies in FN 6.0 can fetch $1,000 and up at auction, while pristine copies in NM/MT 9.8 are going for $11,000-$12,000.


 

The Incredible Hulk Comic Book Values Sold at Auction

ItemRealized
The Incredible Hulk Box Lot (Marvel, 1971-78) Condition: Average VF
The Incredible Hulk Box Lot (Marvel, 1971-78) Condition: Average VF....
Lot 14421
Auction 121617
Sunday, April 24, 2016
$501.90
The Incredible Hulk #193 (Marvel, 1975) CGC NM/MT 9.8 White pages
The Incredible Hulk #193 (Marvel, 1975) CGC NM/MT 9.8 White pages....
Lot 14382
Auction 121621
Sunday, May 22, 2016
$501.90
The Incredible Hulk #4 Trimmed (Marvel, 1962) CBCS Restored VF+ 8.5 Slight to Moderate Off-white to white pages
The Incredible Hulk #4 Trimmed (Marvel, 1962) CBCS Restored VF+ 8.5 Slight to Moderate Off-white to white pages....
Lot 93473
Auction 7104
Saturday, February 21, 2015
$501.90
The Incredible Hulk #5 Signature Series (Marvel, 1963) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Off-white to white pages
The Incredible Hulk #5 Signature Series (Marvel, 1963) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Off-white to white pages....
Lot 93316
Auction 7139
Saturday, August 6, 2016
$489.95
The Incredible Hulk Group (Marvel, 1968-72) Condition: Average FN.... (Total: 35 Comic Books)
The Incredible Hulk Group (Marvel, 1968-72) Condition: Average FN.... (Total: 35 Comic Books)
Lot 13351
Auction 121414
Sunday, April 6, 2014
$489.95

View prices realized on more items like this

PLEASE NOTE: All prices realized reflect the final hammer price PLUS the buyer's premium in auctions that charge a buyer's premium. Each item has a notation at the top of the listing indicating whether that lot included a buyer's premium. All information listed is intended to be as accurate as possible, but errors are possible. Please use this guide carefully and inform us of any inaccuracies.



Buy The Incredible Hulk Comic Books at Auction

ItemCurrent Bid
The Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1962) CGC VG 4.0 Cream to off-white pages
The Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1962) CGC VG 4.0 Cream to off-white pages....
Lot 14428
Auction 121726
Sunday, June 25, 2017
$8,456.00
Bid Now!
The Incredible Hulk Group of 24 (Marvel, 1968-74) Condition: Average VF-.... (Total: 24 Comic Books)
The Incredible Hulk Group of 24 (Marvel, 1968-74) Condition: Average VF-.... (Total: 24 Comic Books)
Lot 14429
Auction 121726
Sunday, June 25, 2017
$320.00
Bid Now!
The Incredible Hulk Group of 38 (Marvel, 1973-82) Condition: Average NM-.... (Total: 38 Comic Books)
The Incredible Hulk Group of 38 (Marvel, 1973-82) Condition: Average NM-.... (Total: 38 Comic Books)
Lot 14432
Auction 121726
Sunday, June 25, 2017
$240.00
Bid Now!
The Incredible Hulk Group of 66 (Marvel, 1968-81) Condition: Average FN.... (Total: 66 Comic Books)
The Incredible Hulk Group of 66 (Marvel, 1968-81) Condition: Average FN.... (Total: 66 Comic Books)
Lot 14431
Auction 121726
Sunday, June 25, 2017
$237.00
Bid Now!
The Incredible Hulk Group of 29 (Marvel, 1968-82) Condition: Average VF.... (Total: 29 Comic Books)
The Incredible Hulk Group of 29 (Marvel, 1968-82) Condition: Average VF.... (Total: 29 Comic Books)
Lot 14430
Auction 121726
Sunday, June 25, 2017
$140.00
Bid Now!

View more items with this title

PLEASE NOTE: All prices realized reflect the final hammer price PLUS the buyer's premium in auctions that charge a buyer's premium. Each item has a notation at the top of the listing indicating whether that lot included a buyer's premium. All information listed is intended to be as accurate as possible, but errors are possible. Please use this guide carefully and inform us of any inaccuracies.

Comic Values

How do you know what's valuable?

Our Comic Book Value Guide provides free information about how to value your The Incredible Hulk comic books.


Get a FREE auction evaluation

Our experts will evaluate your The Incredible Hulk comic books for auction or private treaty sale.


Want More The Incredible Hulk?

Be the first to know when more items from this artist are available by adding it your wantlist.


Interested in selling or consigning?

Learn more about selling or consigning your The Incredible Hulk comic books with Heritage Auctions.