Welcome back to my column; Fabulous Find. This week I will have to re-share one of my earliest Fabulous Finds a second time, as I am in the midst of a big move and not able to dig out anything cool. Everything is packed in so many boxes that I can not count them all, and I can not find anything, even if I wanted to!
So here is an older post from 2012, which follows nicely last week’s post. This week I talk about a 45 RPM record that I had recently purchased via eBay. It’s entitled; Nobody Loves The Hulk! and is done by The Traits! There is not a lot of information, that I can find, about the group; The Traits or this record. As everyone knows, The Hulk was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The record itself is listed as copyrighted by the Marvel Comics Group! It was released as a single, also called a “45”, in 1969, and may have been strictly a promotional item, since the copyright is held by Marvel Comics. The record features a picture sleeve of The Hulk and the reverse side also provides has the lyrics! Here’s a look at the picture sleeve!
The song gives the listener a version of the Hulk’s origin story. Dr. Bruce Banner, testing his new gamma bomb, saves the life of Rick Jones, a teenager who has wandered into the test area, but is himself exposed to the blast: “Well he saved the boy/But at what a change/The explosion made him feel so strange/For his molecules had been rearranged/Into the Hulk! The Hulk!” The song continues; “Whenever people see him/All they do is run around and scream, cause/Nobody loves the Hulk!” And I love the line at the end of the chorus; “We don’t allow no green skin people in here!”
The song falls into the 1960’s garage rock genre and I think it’s pretty darn good! The song was even included on the 1987 Pebbles; Volume 21, release on vinyl and compact disc (cd) from AIP Records! As I mentioned above I purchased it on eBay from someone, who obviously bought out a warehouse cache of these records, so if you keep an eye out, you too can likely purchase a copy for your record collection. I’m not sure if many were sold back in the early 1970’s, but they were advertised in Marvel Comics, if ever so briefly. A reader responded to my original post and stated that he believed that there were as few as 2000 copies made.
Check out the ad that ran in the comics:
And as a special treat, here’s a link to YouTube, so you can give it a listen!
I hope you enjoy the song and this representation edition of my Fabulous Finds!