Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Incredible Ferrigno

Even tho everyone (me, included) is getting all excited about the new Incredible Hulk movie that is due for release later on this year, I think it's important that we don't forget who we have to thank for some of the Hulk's popularity. Yeah, I'm not talking about Marvel kingpin Stan Lee (who gets enough accolades on his own), I'm referring to Lou Ferrigno -- the man who portrayed the Hulk in the 1970's TV series. It can be argued that Lou was the star of The Incredible Hulk series even tho Bill Bixby got all of the credit for playing Dr. David Banner. Lou was the one who had to have his massive body painted green day after day after day ... and it was Lou who had to do all the heavy lifting ... and it was Lou who did all of the really hard work as the Hulk. This is why I'm so happy to see that Lou Ferrigno made an appearance at Day 1 of the New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javits Center this weekend:

Photo credit: Wireimage

Lou Ferrigno is well into his 50s but you wouldn't know it by looking at him. He looks amazing and is still in peak shape. I think it's right that the Hulk will exist in digital form in the new movie (as long as it's handled properly) but there's something to be said about Lou's old skool green body paint version of the Hulk. We must never forget our forebears and Lou Ferrigno is deffo the first and prolly the best Hulk we've ever had ... which is why I felt it necessary to show the man some blog love today. We salute you, Lou. [Source]