The Incredible Hulk: Stalker From The Stars Review

Back in wild and wonderful 70’s, the Marvel Universe was still in its formative years.
16 years after The Incredible Hulk made his 4 Color Debut, the rage filled Jade Giant stars in his very 1st prose novel.
But at only 179 pages long, does this story delve any deeper into the character and his history than the low page count would lead you to believe?

As per usual, consider this your official ***41 year old Spoiler Alert***

I knew from the Stan Lee introduction that I would love this book.
You have to understand, this was Stan at the height of his comic ambassador powers, before Blade, X-Men, and Spider-Man made Marvel a beloved household brand.
In these few paragraphs you can see why everybody loved him, his energy and charisma seeps through the ink and paper.
His death was still incredibly fresh in my mind as I started reading this book and it ended up making for a great tribute to The Man.

As for the actual prose content of the novel, it did not disappoint.
A guilt ridden Rick Jones (the often forgotten kid that Bruce Banner saves, leading to the birth of the Hulk) makes his way to an idyllic small American town in search of renown gamma scientist Rudolph Stern’s help.
Once he gets to Crater Falls, a sinister plot of mind control and ancient extraterrestrial evil unravels and brings The Hulk, General Thunderbolt Ross, and a long buried beast to a climactic battle with Earth ending ramifications.

If you listen to the pod you have heard us bitch and complain numerous times about the overcomplicated nature of modern comics and their stories.
Well, this is a perfect encapsulation of what we keep saying we want.
The story has depth, detail, and a sense of history without bloating into a tale that’s mired in frustratingly unnecessary nonsense.
The overall vibe of the book feels like the perfect parts of the comics of the day mixed with the simplicity of what is probably still the most well known version of Hulk, the Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno show.

One of the problems with reviewing a book that has multiple authors like this is figuring out where to lay blame or praise.
Thankfully, I don’t have a single complaint.
Len Wein & Marv Wolfman are giants of comics (Len actually had a run on Hulk before co-writing this novel) and Ron Goulart (Joseph Silva) wasn’t a slouch.
I think Len brought the Hulk experience/knowledge and they all brought the writing skill and when it’s mixed this well you get a hell of an adventure.

To wrap up, I love the story of a lonely tortured man that the show did so well and is on display here.
I love the over the top feats of strength and heroics included that we never saw on screen until the movies.
This man, this monster, and this story are all so worth your time.
Reading this only makes me want more of those early Marvel novels, and the hunt is on, gang.
I really hope I can find them and tell you all about them soon.

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Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her editorial assistance.

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Episode 071: Yeah

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In this episode, the boys are talking long cancelled TV shows, a movie franchise that, against all odds, just won’t end, & a dude what caught the dead.

Doom is pissy cause a certain Demon of Death Valley got on the Twitter & Fitz is bewildered that some loser memorized the opening of a TV show.

One bitches, one suffers, pop culture is grilled, projections are made, souls are crushed, and fun is had…hopefully by you, so listen to this merry madness and tell your friends.

Enjoy!

URL: Episode 071: Yeah
Direct Download: tnb071.mp3

Episode 070: I Got Rick Rolled For Christmas

tmg-article_default_mobileIn this episode, the fellas are getting all Marvelous as they talk about the death of a legend and the birth of a fandom.

They start off talking about another Christmas present what Doom got, before they move into what you can and can’t say on TV, then they give Stan Lee a further tribute.

The Family Fitz goes Into The Spider-Verse which leads to some brief Spider-Man PS4 talk, then Fitz takes a dive deep into one of his Christmas presents while fatty Doom munches some sangwhich.

Kick back and relax, The Nerd Blitz is BACK!!!

URL: Episode 070: I Got Rick Rolled For Christmas
Direct Download: tnb070.mp3

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #17

You know what today means, gang.
Question time!

After yesterday’s loss, this week’s Question is: Other Than Spider-Man, Which Of Stan Lee’s Creations Had The Most Impact On You?

Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW.

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

#RIP Adam West

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Thank you Adam West.

You created a colorful, joyous, and intentionally silly version of Batman that was, for myself and many others, their first exposure to the character.

You helped open the door to comics and the world of superheroes for many generations of children.

You taught kids about the merits of honesty and doing good for the sake of doing good.

You were in many ways the Mister Rogers of Superheroes.

I was lucky enough to meet you a few short years ago. Your genuine love for your fans was evident to everyone even after all the decades of doing the convention grind. When it was my turn to interact with you for a few brief seconds I found that all I could really say was my name when you asked who I wanted the autograph made out to.

As you signed your name you said something that was probably the same thing you said to everyone in line but in that moment it was for me alone.

“To my friend Scott”, you said, in that Adam Westian way.

I’ll be honest, it was an amazing, unexpected feeling. With those 4 words you turned a cynical, jaded, middle-aged man back into a five year old kid.

I’m so sad that you’re gone, but so glad I got to have that experience and so thankful that my first Dark Knight was the Bright Knight.

The Real Exorcist

A couple months back on our Halloween episode, we talked about the real life “event” that took place in our hometown and inspired William Peter Blatty to write the bestselling novel The Exorcist, which would go on to be one of the most critically acclaimed (and frightening) horror films of all time.

This past week, William Peter Blatty died at a ripe old age and our local paper reprinted an article from 1988 that revisited the “event” and talked with surviving witnesses. 

URL: St. Louis Post Dispatch