Incredible Hulk and Wolverine #1 - John Byrne cover

Incredible Hulk and Wolverine #1 marvel 1980s comic book cover art by John Byrne
John Byrne
Incredible Hulk and Wolverine v1 #1, 1986 - Capitalizing on Wolverine's growing popularity, Marvel reprints his first appearance in >Incredible Hulk #180 and his first full appearance in >Incredible Hulk #181. Also included is a Wolverine & Hercules tale from >Marvel Treasury #26. John Byrne provides a new wrap-around cover, but his efforts are watered down by insensitive inking. The delineation of Wendigo (on the back cover) looks especially weak. Other artists in this issue include Herb Trimpe and George Perez (both reprints). This is number 1 of 1 Incredible Hulk and Wolverine issues with Byrne art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Byrne or >Incredible Hulk issues on ebay.
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  1. Jack Abel's inks could be heavy and dark, but he was the original inker on the stories within.

  2. Adding to my 2013 comments: Abel’s inks are fine, with some nice textural contrasts between the heavier definition of the foreground figures and the softer strokes depicting the vegetative background. The Hulk is nicely drawn- this was likely done around the time of Byrne’s short run on the Incredible Hulk. Byrne’s rendition of Wolverine is disappointing considering how much he popularized the character. Wolverine is not positioned in a dynamic “Marvel” way (as in the rules for showing action in J Buscema’s book), and those who read Hulk 181 know that the Hulk’s back is not being sliced open.


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