The Comic Company | Creation

Creation Conventions produced by Gary Berman and Adam Malin from 1971 till today were where I first discovered a sense of community in comics that has hooked me for life.

Thing costume by Gerry Giovinco

I made my first mark in comics not as a comic creator but as a costume designer. In the summer of 1979 my costume creation of The Everlovin’ Blue Eyed Thing, Ben Grimm himself, impressed everyone who saw it. I was soon a popular guy at the Creation shows.

I think that I had made the biggest impression on Bob Schreck who was working for Creation at the time. He was generally the first guy you would see as you came through the door. Always friendly and welcoming, Bob loved my Thing costume. He would call me and have me do promo spots on the local Philadelphia “Dancing on Air” television show to promote upcoming Creation Conventions.

Hulk Meets Thing cast photo

Bob and his friend, Larry Ruggiero, wanted to make a fan film starring their buddy, Kevin Van Wagner as the Incredible Hulk and they wanted me and my Thing costume to be his co-star.

On the set of Hulk Meets Thing

The Incredible Hulk Meets the Everlovin’ Blue Eyed Thing was filmed in Long Island, NY and completed in 1982.

Hulk Meets Thing movie Poster by legendary artist Joe Sinnott

The short film became a staple at the Creation shows, featured in the movie room with such classics as Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Phantom of Paradise and Plan 9 from Outerspace.

The relationship that I developed with the people at Creation during this time enabled me to negotiate table space in the artist alley at the shows. This is where Comico was first introduced.

Bob Schreck eventually became part of the Comico family and later moved on to be a mainstay as an editor in the comics industry.

The great illustration that was made for the film was created by the legendary Joe Sinnott.

Enjoy the film that is posted here.

Gerry Giovinco

What a revoltin' development!

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9 Responses to “The Comic Company | Creation”

  1. CO2 Comics says:

    The Comic Company | Creation
    The HULK Meets THING fan movie
    http://www.co2comics.com/blog/2010/07/06/the-comic-company-creation/

  2. [...] explains it all. The Incredible Hulk meets The Ever Lovin’ Blue Eyed Thing. According to the http://www.co2comics.com BLOG this film was shot in Long Island, NY and completed in 1982 to show at the Creation [...]

  3. [...] anniversary, they are taking a little trip down memory lane. Giovinco kicks it off with a look at the Thing costume he created, which was apparently a big hit in the summer of '79, but even better is this week's look at their [...]

  4. Bob Karwoski says:

    Would you mind correcting the spelling of my name……I know its had to see in the credits
    Thanx

  5. Bob, the change is already made, our apologies for the mistake. Thanks for helping us be accurate and thanks for your part in the great fun this film has brought for everyone!

  6. Leah Wohlgemuth Guljord says:

    I was just told about this being up on the web. Wow, the memories of the people in the movie. I say that because I don’t even remember doing the movie, just the people.
    Leah Wohlgemuth Guljord
    “Girl at Table”

  7. Leah, your scene was one of my favorite parts of the film! Thanks for chiming in.

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  9. [...] THING costume created by Yours Truly conjures a truer version of a Jack Kirby/Joe Sinnott THING than any of the recent Hollywood films. [...]

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