FW Presents: Showcase Gene Colan: HULK

FW Presents returns with another Showcase Gene Colan special! This time, Ryan Daly goes on a rampage through one of his favorite black and white magazines's Marvels HULK! Joining Ryan to discuss three Colan-drawn-but-very-different-looking stories from HULK #26 is podcasting's own Michael Bailey. Listen as they share their incredible origins with the Jade Giant, and wax rhapsodic about QAnon, Jim Steinman, and Michael's endless supply of Superman podcasts. Plus, listener feedback from the previous episode.

Throughout his life, Gene Colan brought his truly unique art style to the pages of Batman, The Tomb of Dracula, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, The Avengers, Howard the Duck, Doctor Strange, The Spectre, and so many others. What issues will Ryan chronicle on this podcast? You’ll have to tune in to find out!

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Intro: Gene Colan interview from “The Men Without Fear”; “The Vampire Hunters” by Wojciech Kilar.

Additional music: “The Lonely Man Theme" from The Incredible Hulk; "Alive" from Jekyll & Hyde.

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5 responses to “FW Presents: Showcase Gene Colan: HULK

  1. Yep, Mike doesn’t talk about the Hulk enough. And neither does Ryan. Get on GammaCast now boys.

    That cover is iconically awesome. I was thinking of the Jusko trading cards the whole time, so I’m glad they came up. As for the interior art, I have a love/hate relationship with Alfredo Alcala. The love part: It’s gorgeous, with some of the finest linework in all of mainstream comics. The hate: he makes everyone look like him. Honestly, you couldn’t tell if Colan or Don Newton drew the Batman stories he inked. The other stories here look more Colanesque, and I’m a fan of the washes used on the B&W white magazines, as seen in the middle story.

    Speaking of which…man, that does seem relevant, doesn’t it? I think I’m related to some of those folks, unfortunately.

    I would really like to see the Marvel staff playing with vintage Hulk toys. There has to be some Mego in there!

    Nice shout out to Jim Steinman again on the network. His work gets mentioned twice in one week, and then he passes from this mortal coil. Weird.


  2. The Creeper is’nt stupid but the Creeper IS Simple
    The Creeper is Spider-man without Stan Lee.
    is he a great character? Good LORD no you’re lucky he even talked but he’s a GREAT superhero he looks cool and has unbending morals

  3. Thanks for an enjoyable episode, Ryan and Mike!

    Rob Kelly loves the Hulk, too. You could do Gammacast episodes discussing each run and each version of the Hulk.

    Comparing these pages to the my copy of The Hulk! #13, I think this magazine (Rampaging Hulk / The Hulk!) was better during its color runs, and I’d like to have seen Gene’s work on one of those. Gene’s black and white work on other characters was amazing, but as you two said, the Hulk just works better in color.

  4. Hey, if Gene Colan provides an excuse to talk about a beloved character like the Hulk (one of my favorite Marvel characters too), I wouldn’t let the quality or relevance of the stories put me off either.

    Now that you mention it, it IS strange that a color-coded character like the Hulk would be tapped for a black and white magazine, but since he had one big foot in horror, I guess it made sense. Man-Thing is another greenie that went the mag route.

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