Paper Conservator Chloe Houseman displays a rare copy of The Incredible Hulk #181 before

From the Bench: The Incredible Hulk #181

CCAHA Paper Conservator Chloe Houseman is our resident comic book expert—last year she hosted the Facebook video series Comic Cons: Best Practices to Preserve and Conserve Your Comic Book Collection—and she was eager for the opportunity to treat this rare copy of The Incredible Hulk #181, belonging to a private collector. The issue is notable (and valuable) for featuring the first appearance of the soon-to-be popular character Wolverine in the Marvel Universe. This copy arrived at CCAHA in generally good condition, but it had some surface grime and a tideline that ran throughout the book. Chloe was able to carefully disbind the book and wash it to remove staining and acidity.

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