Sunday, October 7, 2012

1984 - Incredible Hulk #300

Incredible Hulk #300
“Days of Rage”
October 1984
Writer: Bill Mantlo
Penciler: Sal Buscema
Inker: Gerry Talaoc

This “Special Abnormally Large Size Issue!” of the Incredible Hulk is another classic of the 1980s. Not only was it the climax and culmination of writer Bill Mantlo’s two year storyline featuring Hulk with Banner’s intellect, but it also kicks off a bold new direction for the Hulk.

This issue really highlights Sal Buscema’s art with his great page layouts (Hulk throwing Starfox the full length of the page, from top to bottom) and breathtaking splashpages (the double-page splash with Hulk smashing a billboard with the issue’s title is engraved in my mind and there’s a really great page with Doctor Strange and the winds swirling around him). Gerry Talaoc’s inks are very distinctive, but work rather well with Buscema’s pencils.

The last half dozen issues featured the slow deterioration of the Banner’s control of the Hulk. And with #300, there’s little to nothing left of Banner, leaving only the raw savageness of the Hulk.

S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to contain the rampaging Hulk with street-level heroes trying to control the collateral damage. What Mantlo does so well here is tell the story from those affected by the Hulk’s rampage, like the members of a S.W.A.T. team, Spider-Man, Daredevil and some of this story arc’s supporting cast, like Katherine Waynesboro. More heroes show up only to fall to the Hulk. The Avengers then arrive on scene and engages Thor in one of the more memorable battles between these two powerhouses. Thor allows himself to go all out now that he’s facing the pure rage of the Hulk. And Buscema pulls off an amazing fight sequence.

All of this was to buy some time for Dr. Strange to find a appropriate dimension to banish the Hulk to. Dr. Strange joins the battle and whisks Hulk to a dimensional crossroads that will allow him to explore a variety of dimensions as he sees fit.

The next dozen issues gave Mantlo the opportunity to explore the Hulk’s personality as he experiences conflict in the various dimensions he visits. Mantlo used an interested dynamic, a psychological anchor to the crossroads, which teleported the Hulk back from any dimension to the crossroads whenever he was unhappy.


  1. Great Savage Hulk Story!
    Thanks for This Wonderful Blog and The Magic Of Every Image of your Good Taste for the Best Age of Marvel.
    Have a Great Monday.

  2. Hey Robert, thanks for stopping by and saying hi. Appreciate the kind words.

  3. I loved this comic. I was at quite a willingly gullible age so I assumed Bruce Banner was gone for good and didn't know what would happen to our favourite angry green giant at the end.

    Quite a few highlights here, but I particularly remember the Power Man and Iron Fist take-downs with fondness. It's a no-brainer that Hulk could take them, but I thought the way it was portrayed was particularly awesome (esp. Iron Fist's 'iron fist' moment).

    Thank you for the post and Happy Thanksgiving (from Canada).


  4. Hi dp, thanks for stopping by. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. I've gushed over and over about Hulk #300-----one of my all-time favorite comics.....but I've never dug it out to re-read. Thanks once again for a great flashback!

    As as i always say---they just don't make comics like this anymore.




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