Hulk #159-165 (1973): Steve Englehart’s run begins

Steve Englehart begins his run of Hulk stories, which will mostly be done-in-one creature-of-the-week type stories.  Herb Trimpe stays on because, hey, he’s been drawing Hulk already for abazillion years.  The issues good, even if they’re not terribly meaty.  First, we get Abomination. Then Tiger Shark.  Then The Beast.

The best part of these issues is above, where I think we get the first acknowledgment of the Hulk “clothes problem.”

The Beast story is the most interesting, because Englehart was the guy who turned him blue and fuzzy so he’s returning to that character, just after his run on Amazing Adventures ended.  We see that Beast is still wearing rubber bodysuits to disguise his appearance and is still dating Vera, who still has no idea he’s a furball under that rubber suit.

The villain in the Beast tale is Mimic, which means we get an update on him, as well.  My least favorite X-Man.

And #162 giver us the first appearance of Wendigo.

I’m over-grouping these issues–you can get your money back since I’m not doing good coverage.  They’re just not anything worth writing about.

Creators: Steve Englehart and Herb Trimpe
Grade: C+.  Above average, not much more than that.
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