I used to LOVE watching The Incredible Hulk on television when I was a kid. I remember Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno as the great green duo. I spent many autumn days as a boy marching into the woods in one of my over sized flannel shirts and pretending that I was David Banner (not Bruce because I didn’t have the comics). The ground would be soft and the trees were at that brittle stage where a kick could obliterate the branches into piles of splintered bark.
I jumped for joy when I learned that they were making TV movies of the character in the late 80s. The Incredible Hulk Returns introduced me to Thor, and I became an instant fan of his character also. Pretty comical to think of those cheesy, old network movies following the record-setting weekend of the new Avengers movie (which is absolutely as great as everyone keeps saying).
A year later, we were treated to The Trial of the Incredible Hulk* and my favorite comic book character Daredevil (who I DID collect a great deal of). I still have the VHS tape I made of that movie and watched many times in subsequent years.
Then another year passed and yet another TV Hulk movie was scheduled. But that third one carried the impossible title–Death of the Incredible Hulk. It had to be a trick, I thought, some kind of publicity ploy to invoke emotion and ratings. A pit expanded in my stomach as the story unfolded. I had seen the commercials. Would they really do it? Would they really kill my Hulk?
That night felt darker than most, and when the green monster fell from that plane my upcoming 13th birthday loomed larger than his massive arms. First they kick you off the children’s menus, then they kill the Hulk. The murder of my childhood was almost complete.
You might think I’m telling this story because of the new Avengers movie, but there’s actually a different reason. I started thinking about the Hulk movies a couple weeks ago when the inevitable title of this blog post lodged itself in my brain. See, I arrived at a decision a short while back that was all at once a little scary and necessary and exciting.
This site, eduClaytion, is dying, and I’m about to kill it for good.
In less than two weeks I will have written my last post ever for this site.
That question is easy enough to anticipate, and I plan on answering it in detail tomorrow. I’ve seen posts in the past couple years where someone with a successful blog suddenly announces that they’re pulling the plug, and I used to think how could you do that?! I understand how they could do that a lot more these days.
The scary part of this process is gone for me, and I’m excited to pursue new opportunities. At the same time, we’ve built something here that I really love, and I’m not going to bail without taking time to celebrate.
So that’s what we’ll do.
After tomorrow’s post about why I’m ending eduClaytion (with a special appearance by one of the mastermind conspirators of this bloggy murder), we’ll spend the next couple Fridays doing things that I’ve never seen done on the internet. Let’s just say we’re going to lay this puppy to rest proper like.
For now, it’s reaction time. The diagnosis is severe, terminal even, but you still have time to say goodbye. I hope you’ll stick with us during the farewell festivities!
*The Trial of the Incredible Hulk is the first Marvel movie production in which legendary creator Stan Lee makes a cameo.