Since the olden days of the Marvel Bullpen, it has been tradition to draft an army of freelancers to do an overnight rush to get a book out on time. This week, the week-early release of HULK #2 on comiXology due to a computer error gave everyone who managed to snag a copy before it was withdrawn a chance to peruse the credits and they were a wonderful tribute to this Bronze Age tradition:
Just to give the complete lineup — which could actually form a soccer team:
• Marc Silvestri
• Whilce Portacio
• Billy Tan
• Michael Broussard
• Eric Basaldua
• Scott Hanna
• Joe Weems
• Rick Basaldua
• Jay Leisten
• Don Ho
• Crimelab Syndicate
Silvestri — who does double duty as the head of Image studio Top Cow — was the solicited penciller, so the way the credits rolled out may perhaps evade making the issue returnable. While not known for being timely, Silvestri and his team seem to have done a decent job on the interiors as shown by the above excerpt.
What’s more interesting about this panel is why, exactly the She Hulk has bolt-on breast implants. She’s a friggin’ MADE UP CHARACTER — she doesn’t need fake tits because she’s not real to begin with! WHATEVER!
Although Marvel sent out a preview of HULK issue #3 earlier in the week, that isn’t finished either, and getting it done has been hampered by Silvestri’s hospitalization due to a flare-up of cellulitis as tweeted by his wife, Bridgit. Silvestri suffered an ankle injury several years ago and this was apparently a flare-up.
CBR asked Top Cow’s Filip Siblik whether this was going to to impact on HULK #3
CBR News reached out to Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik for an update on Silvestri’s condition and how it will impact his workload. Sablik responded saying, “Marc is doing better and is being released from the hospital today. He’s feeling good, is in high spirits, and eager to get back to the drawing board to wrap up the last couple of pages of ‘Hulk’ #3. It should not affect the release of ‘Hulk’ #3 and Marvel has been fantastic and understanding in working with us so that Marc could complete the entire issue.”
Despite the injury and hospitalization, Silvestri was ready to get the issue finished, Bridgit tweeted:
Str8 outta the hospital Marc drew & inked until 4am! Now on wife’s orders bcuz ankle is swollen he is in bed w/foot up 2 layout last page!
Hopefully a team of
doctorsinkers is standing by to finish the pages.
The new day and date digital that all comics companies are adopting is actually going to make this kind of last minute fill-in art even tougher than before — digital files need to go in a FULL WEEK before they are due at the printer. So get ready for more “Diverse Hands”
As for Silvestri’s art…we like it! Very Hulk-y.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.