This Sucks!! Comic Nerds only!
Recently, Peter David had a stroke. According to his wife's post:
For me, excluding back Issue writers before I became a CB nerd, Peter David is the Best Hulk writer of the last thirty years. He started in 1987 and quit when they tried to force him to regress in his storytelling:
"We have a diagnosis, which is a small stroke in the Pons section of his brain," she wrote. "Now we have to figure out where we go from here and how we get Peter back to what he was before the stroke."
Prophetic, as The Incerdible Hulk never gained the same acclaim or sales. Yes, this was before the excuse of "OMG INTERENET CBR IS KILLING COMICS!!" Instead of higher prices, shitty writing and no one dies. Incredible Hulk 467 http://www.popculturebymail.com/catalog/hulk467.jpg was his swan song and is in my top Ten Comic Stories of all time.
Well, yeah: they didnít want me writing it anymore. Marvel wanted to have the Hulk be nothing but a mindless berserker, issue after issue of the Hulk just going around and destroying everything in sight. Banner would not be a factor in the stories; there would be no psychological underpinning; it would just be an inarticulate Hulk fighting everyone in sight. I felt that it would not be remotely challenging creatively and would be a disaster from a sales point of view. I told them I wasnít interested in writing that and tried to convince them that it would be a mistake. They didnít care about the second half of the sentiment; as soon as I said I didnít want to write that, I was told not to let the door hit me on the way out.
There have been some decent stories like Planet Hulk
and World War Hulk
http://www.reelcomix.com/admin/admin...hulk-movie.jpg but none touch on all the wit, comedy and changes he made to the hulk. The changes people have kept trying to mimic since he left.They have pretty much failed to the point of multiple restarts, red hulks and another relaunch after 15 issues.
I hope he recovers and still continues to write entertaining stories.