Okay, so there was this library in Illinois that got the idea to build a 9-foot tall statue of The Hulk out front. As you do. In order to accomplish this, The Northlake Public Library, led by mastermind librarian Tom Mukite, started an Indiegogo campaign to raise the cash. They sought $30,000 but have only raised a little less than $4000.
They tried and they fell short, right? But you gotta have dreams.
WELL. It turns out there is a dude in Cali who just happens to have a 9-foot tall statue of the Hulk sitting around.
Steve Williams, owner of L.A. Boxing in Orange City, California has a fiberglass Hulk that was created five years ago as a movie theater lobby decration for the Edward Norton Hulk film. He’d been using it to promote his boxing gym, “I had (a Hulk statue) for the last five years,” Williams told the Franklin Park Sun Time. “I was looking to sell it to a collector who had an interest in a giant superhero.”
While you’d think this would include just about everyone, the locals did not care for the large statue—the city claimed it violated codes of some sort, and when the statue was moved to a parking lot, the landlord—to be played by Marc Strong in the movie version of this story—complained. Complained! As if anyone would not like a giant statue of the Hulk dressed in boxing gloves entertaining the children.
Williams was Googling around when he found the Northlake Library’s Hulk dream, and the rest, as they say, may be history—if a way to ship the 150 pound statue can be found. And luckily a shipping company may donate the costs.
So against all odds, The Northlake Public Library is getting its Hulk, which will be displayed inside near the graphic novel collection.
Dare to dream, my friends. Dare to dream.
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.