July 05, 2004
One last Spiderman item. While searching for the first week of strips, I discovered that the Chicago Tribune's run displaced another Stan Lee strip, Vera Valiant. This strip lasted only a couple years, and was illustrated by Frank Springer. Vera's fans in Chicago must have been upset, as this strip from January 1, 1977 leaves us on quite a cliff hanger.
When Monday rolled around, Vera's spot on the page was taken by everyone's favorite web-slinger.
While stumbling around the net, I came across an Incredible Hulk comic strip by Stan Lee and Larry Lieber. I knew about Spiderman when I was younger, but up to this point, I was not aware that Stan had a Hulk strip too. This one's from June 8, 1979, I believe.
The official Hulk strip only lasted a couple years as well. However, there is a new Hulk strip that thrives in the wonderful world of fan fiction. This fan-created strip takes off from the events in What IF #23, which features the Hulk battling his way through a barbaric world. Somehow that doesn't surprise me. The writing is a bit clunky, but I think the art captures the 70's Hulk vibe. Doctor Strange is a key player in the current storyline, if that sweetens it for you. Check it out here.
Posted by Thrillmer! at July 5, 2004 12:41 PM
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