Classic Comic Cover Corner – Rampaging Hulk #6

Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!

Rampaging Hulk #6 – December, 1977

Cover art by Ken Barr

Rampaging Hulk #6 – December, 1977
Rampaging Hulk #6 – December, 1977

One of the coolest things about the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie is that it has subtle appearances by a myriad of second and even third tier Marvel characters. Appearances that will cause multiple-nerdgasms in astute Marvelites, but that your average moviegoer will be completely oblivious to (wishing they could have what we’re having.) One of the first of these cameos is by Bereet, the avant-garde Krylorian filmmaker who is apparently having a free-spirited fling with Peter Quill (Star-Lord.)

The lovely Bereet (or “Bird-woman” as she is called by the Hulk) first appeared in Marvel’s Rampaging Hulk #1 (January, 1977), which was a black & white magazine-sized comic meant for more mature readers. Over the course of the magazine’s initial 9-issue run, the Krylorian techno-artist assisted the Hulk and his sidekick, Rick Jones (and most of the Marvel Universe for that matter), in defeating a Krylorian invasion of Earth.

Rampaging Hulk #6 – December, 1977
Bereet in Rampaging Hulk #6
& the Guardians of the Galaxy film.

In the Rampaging issues #5 – 6, the Sub-Mariner abducts Bereet and tries to use her to locate the Krylorian aliens, thus leading to an all-out duke-fest between Prince Namor and the Hulk. Rampaging Hulk #6 is actually the first cover appearance of Bereet (you can see her in the background behind the beautifully painted battle scene by Ken Barr.) She obviously looks quite a bit different from her big screen version in GOTG.

The 1977 – 78 Rampaging Hulk series played fast and loose with the Marvel continuity, but it was all straightened out in Incredible Hulk #269 (March, 1982), when Bereet makes her first appearance in the “normal” Marvel Universe and explains that the Rampaging Hulk stories were simply based on her fictional film titled, “The Life and Times of the Incredible Hulk.”

There has been speculation on the Interwebs that the Hulk is going to be cast off into space at the end of the next Avengers film, and that will in turn lead to a movie based on the Planet Hulk storyline. So if I may add to the rumor mill: What if there are plans for Bereet to be involved in a potential Hulk movie? And if so, is there a plan to use her to tie the speculated Hulk movie to the GOTG films at some point?

Remember, Rocket Raccoon and Hulk also have a history together (read about it HERE!) Could we see the Hulk in a movie, gallivanting between planets like Krylor, Halfworld, and Sakaar, with Bereet (filming a movie) by his side? (Note that the Sakaarans are also seen in the Guardians of the Galaxy film.)

Use our comments section below to let us know what you think, or what you hope to see as the Marvel Cinematic Universe moves forward.

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Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.

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