Steve Ditko got a lot of very random assignments during Jim Shooter's during as Editor-in-Chief. Many of these assignments were for random covers for series to which Ditko had little or no real connection. These assignments included a handful of annuals, and these can be quite interesting as we get to enjoy 30+ pages of Ditko storytelling. Ditko has some roots with the Hulk, so seeing his artwork on the cover to Annual #9 isn't really all that jarring. It's been Marvelized a bit by the ink job. I've seen it credited to Al Milgrom and I can't really argue with that. It's a pretty typical overly busy Ditko cover from the 80s. Long gone is the spare design he used at Charlton in the 70s, or even the thoughtful concept used for Shade and Captain Universe. This is a pure brawl - but I do actually like the figures. There's a real sense of power - it's just a tad claustrophobic. Not the best - but I like Ditko drawing the Hulk.
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