Issue(s): Hulk #291
(Interesting that there's a piece of paper that says Long Shot hanging on the wall in that second image. Nocenti will eventually write a Longshot mini-series, but that's cover-dated Sept 1985, and this is Jan 1984.)
He's trying to decide what to do about General Ross' alliance with MODOK in the previous arc. After talking it out with Ann Nocenti, he decides to leave it up to Ross to decide whether he can handle being a traitor.
The majority of the book focuses on Ross himself, who is contemplating suicide. There's a retrospective of his career, including scenes from many Hulk comics (no footnotes, but i'll do my best with references below). In the end, he decides against suicide but he does strip off his medals and stripes, presumably resigning from the military.
A good use of the Assistant Editors' Month event to do a more character focused story, although the numerous flashbacks feel like filler.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Crossover: Assistant Editors' Month
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showGeneral 'Thunderbolt' Ross, Hulk
It very well could be a reference to the Longshot limited series; that character went through a LOT of delays(his announced ongoing series never got published).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | October 2, 2011 12:01 AM
Longshot did exist long before the series. Per Arthur Adams in Modern Masters Volume 6: Arthur Adams "At that time I think Marvel had a policy that if you were going to become an editor at Marvel, you had to have written something for them, or possibly even created a character for them Don't hold me to that, that's just what I recall. So she'd made up this character, Longshot, apparently about a year before she'd come across my samples. And as I recall her telling me, everyone she'd shown her script to had turned her down. They said they didn't have time, or they just could not possibly understand the character. And so they went in and took a chance on me doing it."
Posted by: Erik Beck | October 8, 2016 12:44 PM
It should be noted that Art started drawing the Longshot series in 1983, according to Wikipeida- it took him 8 months to draw the first issue. So Art was already working on the series when this issue came out.
Posted by: Michael | October 9, 2016 4:13 PM
They're must have been some major crushing on Nocenti in the Marvel offices back then. She's front and center in most of the Asst Editor's Month spots, more so than the other staff, and Adams completely drew Ricochet Rita as her in Longshot.
Posted by: Bob | February 27, 2017 8:20 AM
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