What do Hulk 182 and National Eat Your Beans Day have in common?
The most obvious feature of issue 182 is the third appearance of Wolverine. Just one page. Only three panels, but still the official third appearance of the mega popular character.
Yet that’s not what causes Hulk 182 to make the list for July 3. No, it’s another character. One that only appears in this issue: Cracka-Jack Jackson.
Well, Cracka-Jack and his meal of choice: beans.
Having failed to capture the Hulk in the previous two issues, Wolverine is dispatched back to headquarters. The Hulk is subdued with gas, but awakens only to escape once more. During his aimless travels, the Hulk discovers Cracka-Jack.
The homeless minstrel welcomes the green-skinned stranger and offers him what is left of dinner, beans.
The Hulk takes a liking to the meal and it becomes his request as the two share their travels until scribe Len Wein amps up the action.
Hulk remembers the meal throughout future issues giving us license to use this book as a commemoration of the day.
National Eat Your Beans Day is described as “a ‘live healthy’ holiday observed on July 3. This day celebrates the bean vegetable in all sizes, shapes and colors. Beans (legumes) are one of the longest-cultivated plants dating back to the early seventh millennium BCE.
Celebrate with a bean-based recipe, but maybe do it alone.