The Incredible Hulk

Comic Books

The Incredible Hulk

Comic Books

Publisher: Marvel

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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 #141 (Marvel, 1971) CGC NM+ 9.6 White pages
The Incredible Hulk #141 (Marvel, 1971) CGC NM+ 9.6 White pages....
Lot 10256
Auction 121110
Sunday, March 6, 2011
$478.00
The Incredible Hulk #6 (Marvel, 1963) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Off-white to white pages
The Incredible Hulk #6 (Marvel, 1963) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Off-white to white pages. ...
Lot 14170
Auction 111014
Sunday, January 23, 2011
$478.00
The Incredible Hulk #122 Don/Maggie Thompson Collection pedigree (Marvel, 1969) CGC NM+ 9.6 White pages
The Incredible Hulk #122 Don/Maggie Thompson Collection pedigree (Marvel, 1969) CGC NM+ 9.6 White pages....
Lot 12202
Auction 121423
Sunday, June 8, 2014
$478.00
The Incredible Hulk #271 (Marvel, 1982) CGC NM/MT 9.8 White pages
The Incredible Hulk #271 (Marvel, 1982) CGC NM/MT 9.8 White pages....
Lot 11298
Auction 121501
Sunday, January 4, 2015
$478.00
The Incredible Hulk #6 (Marvel, 1963) CGC FN+ 6.5 Off-white pages
The Incredible Hulk #6 (Marvel, 1963) CGC FN+ 6.5 Off-white pages....
Lot 93344
Auction 830
Saturday, November 15, 2008
$478.00

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The Incredible Hulk Group of 24 (Marvel, 1970-76) Condition: Average NM-.... (Total: 24 Comic Books)
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Lot 14421
Auction 121709
Sunday, February 26, 2017
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The Incredible Hulk #102 (Marvel, 1968) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white pages
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Lot 14414
Auction 121709
Sunday, February 26, 2017
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The Incredible Hulk Group of 58 (Marvel, 1968-82) Condition: Average VG.... (Total: 58 Comic Books)
The Incredible Hulk Group of 58 (Marvel, 1968-82) Condition: Average VG.... (Total: 58 Comic Books)
Lot 14419
Auction 121709
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The Incredible Hulk Group of 39 (Marvel, 1968-82) Condition: Average FN.... (Total: 39 Comic Books)
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Lot 14420
Auction 121709
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$55.00
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The Incredible Hulk Group of 49 (Marvel, 1972-82) Condition: Average VF.... (Total: 49 Comic Books)
The Incredible Hulk Group of 49 (Marvel, 1972-82) Condition: Average VF.... (Total: 49 Comic Books)
Lot 14422
Auction 121709
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$12.00
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