HB's Lonely Hulk Corner May 13, 2011 17:57:20 GMT -5
Post by humanbelly on May 13, 2011 17:57:20 GMT -5
As for the closure, I'm sure it's not permanent, but we may have a hiatus for a few years, like it happened with Thor after Disassembled until JMS restarted it. I wonder if it means that sales aren't very good -- I must admit his' is one of the very few books I don't even glance at, just not my cup of tea.
Nope, definitely not 635 consecutive issues. Hulk actually is similar to Thor's example. The numbering of his solo title started at #102, which it inherited from being Tales to Astonish. But he didn't even show up in Astonish until issue #59 (technically, #60). Since his own original book only ran 6 issues before cancellation (which we've delightfully relived via owene's contributions!), we're left with a chronologically-challenged numbering gap of 53 (ish). So there've been somewhere around 580-odd issues (excluding multiple concurrent titles). Same thing happened when Cap and Iron Man got solo titles after sharing Tales of Suspense: Iron Man started w/ #1 (like Sub-Mariner from T to Ast did), and Cap jumped right in at issue #100. That's why their issue numbers were always higher than the FF's, naturally.
Yep, Hulk preceded Spidey-- but was without a title of his own for at least a couple of years there while Spidey was thriving.
I seem to remember Stan trying to explain all of this at one point in those early years (mailing regulations, shipping licenses, printing contracts--- heaven only knows, I sure can't remember!), and it seems like the reasoning may have been a touch beyond him, as well. I well imagine saving a dollar or two somewhere in the process wouldn't be out of the question. . .
But, yessir, this is really the case. Trust ol' HB-- he's old enough to remember those early convolutions!