Posted - November 13, 2016
World War Hulk
Artist John Romita Jr. (JRJR) is reknowned for his work ethic. Now I know that two books a month is a lot for an artist.
JRJR has a very high regard for Klaus Janson as inker. I have several Daredevil comics with Janson as penciller. Plus, I also know that Janson inks Miller's work too sometimes.
In describing how a writer and artist work together, JRJR gives me an appreciation of how intricate the creation of a comicbook can get. It's a give and take between two creative types.
Here's an example of early JRJR Hulk art. This was inked by the late (and legendary) Dick Giordano.
Gorgeous pencil-only art from JRJR. Go Thing!
Prior to being given World War Hulk, JRJR wanted to work on Spider-Man. That was also his father's, John Romita's, book.
For a "template" JRJR looks to Jack Kirby's Hulk - human proportions + bigger size. Personally, I like Herb Trimpe's Hulk - gorilla proportions and big as a mountain.
When JRJR draws fight scenes it helps for him to get up and throw punches in front of a mirror.
"Find ways to pull silhouttes in", is a technique to help artist meet their deadlines. JRJR says that he got this from two legendary artists: His father, John Romita and John Buscema - these twe were major heavy-hitters for Marvel during their day.
Here is the Hulk's original gray coloring which he only had for issue no. 1.
Interesting note about Hulk's feet in the cover above - looks like it was corrected because somebody thought it was too oversized. The above is also a sample of the Hulk's first artist, the King himself, Jack Kirby.
Then, from the pages of Amazing Spider-Man comes the next Hulk artist: Steve Ditko.
Bill Everett (creator of Namor, the Submariner) follows.
When Everett died I saw a tribute page to him. It was a magnificent tomb under the waves. In front of Everett's tomb were the Atlanteans, all of them bowing with respect, led by their King, Everett's "son", Namor the First.
Gil Kane next.
My favorite Herb Trimpe
Paul Jenkins, writer of Front Line says that Sally Floyd is not a very good reporter!
Let's move on to Incredible Hulk 109.
Hulk finally gets enough control to actually listen to the people - metahumans and common folk - who approach him in a spirit of alliance. What the non-powered ones have come to say is particularly touching and, well, timely:
While they are talking, the Hulk comes under attack.
As mentioned before, the military is using adamantium bullets againts the Hulk. Here's Amadeus Cho holding one of those bloody bullets.
In the Marvel Universe adamantium is extremely expensive. Look at the size of the piece Cho is holding. After the attach these bullets are scattered all over the street. I mean, pick three of those and you should be good for the year - assuming you know how to fence it.
I love this 'renegades/war zone' discussion between Amadeus and General Ross.
Beautiful visual as the Warbound try to outrun a missile.
Oh. Amadeus Cho in action.
It's the start of a terrible friendship.
During the big 'to do' a buildins starts to collapse. The Warbound and Hulk's allies find themselves on the same side.
Korg and Hercules try to brace the building but it breaks in half and starts to fall. It is Hiroim who launches into action.
The alliance is not destined to be the classic team-up we expected.
S.H.I.E.L.D. makes an appeal to Amadeus Cho but it is the layout of this panel that makes it stand out.
The earth-based Hulk allies are now known as the Renegades.
They're organizing, part of which is communications.
Beepers (or pagers). How quaint (Do you feel that the time is nearing when we'll say: Smartphones. how quaint). Come to think of it wouldn't the telecom relay towers be damaged at this point?
Here's a first look at what the Warbound are doing with the captured heroes.
Holy shit! Hulk and friends have got to go down.
This ends the issue.
So Amadeus Cho has infiltrated this ground-based 'arena' occupied by the Warbound. He is planning to talk to the Hulk but ends up talking to Reed Richards and Tony Stark instead. The whole thing resolves about whether the Hulk is a good guy or a bad guy and what Amadeus Cho should do. The conversation never finishes though, big green suddenly pops up as you can see in the panel above.