Let’s now continue down memory lane, as it applies to Planet Hulk, with the issues that produced my favorite pages from the series – 102 and 103. Danny Miki was forced to bail out for most of these issues (if not all….memory failing) because of his always packed schedule. So Sandu Florea jumped in and did an admirable job on the inks. Of course, I will only be showing you my pencils here so I guess the inks are somewhat irrelevant to this blog.
Blah, blah, blah….and away we go!
The battle with the Red King was epic and here is the real start to it. This is page 5 from issue #102.
This is one of the pages I actually kept because I like how it turned out so much. It is always tough to put together a great splash page with two characters fighting that shows enough of both characters to be satisfying. This is page 8 from issue #102.
There were several more splash pages and good battle pages from the fight with the Red King in this issue but the last two pages are probably my favorite from the series. Here in quite noble fashion, the newly crowned Hulk king strikes a deal with the spore people so they can feed on his blood thus sparing the people of his kingdom. This is page 22 from issue #102.
The last page of issue #102 features a great moment of intimacy between the Hulk and soon to be queen Caiera as the spore people continue to feed like vampires on the Hulk’s arm.
Hulk smash….again. This is page 7 from issue #103.
This is the three page sequence from issue #103 that shows the beginning of the wedding night and the Hulk revealing is alter ego, Banner, to Caiera. Nicely written by Greg Pak. Who says the Hulk isn’t romantic.
Page 20 of issue #103 shows the Hulk and Caiera watching the fireworks after the…um fireworks.
Well, there you have it. A few memorable pages from my hopefully memorable run on Planet Hulk. It is very rare you get to work on a project that could be referred to as “seminal” or “classic” but I think this may be the one for me. There is always hope for the future but this is one of the projects that will definitely define my past.