SALT LAKE CITY -- Longtime Ogden resident Ray Kimber thought big and green -- as in money -- when it came to getting an autograph from The Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno.
The 63-year-old owner of an Ogden cable company had Ferrigno, who played Hulk on the television series with the same name from 1978 to 1982, autograph using red paint marker the head board on his collector's edition Incredible Hulk pinball machine on Thursday.
Ferrigno is one of the many stars attending the three-day Comic Con in Salt Lake City.
The event, with 40,000 expected attendees, continues through Saturday at the Salt Lake City Convention Center.
"This is a brand new machine," Kimber said of the pinball machine he had Ferrigno autograph. "I have got a nice little collection of them."
Using a 17-foot trailer, Kimber said, he hauled to the convention his Hulk, Spider-Man and Batman pinball machines. He said he is hoping to have Spider-Man creator Stan Lee and Batman television series stars Adam West and Burt Ward respectively autograph his other two pinball machines today.
"There is quite a lineup at the convention," said Kimber, an admitted nerd, geek and techie.
Kimber said he has a personal collection of 15 pinball machines, with his Hulk, Spider-Man and Batman pinball machines all on display at the Comic Con as part of a booth belonging to H & K Pinball Specialists of West Valley City.
Ferrigno, Kimber said, "is a very, very large person. His hands are as big as my head."
But the star was personable, charming and friendly, he said.
Despite his charm, where Ferrigno's Hulk likeness is his livelihood, a $200 fee was attached for the autograph, Kimber said.
There was an additional $100 charge for having the moment documented with a photo of the two of them standing by the machine, Kimber said.
"Provenance is expensive," he said of the cost involved in documenting the autograph.
But if not now, Kimber thought, when would he get such an opportunity again?
"You don't get those chances unless you try to take it," he said.
Had Ferrigno and he not met up, Kimber said, worst case scenario is he would have had to haul his pinball machine back home without an autograph, but still would have had the opportunity to share his machines with the public as part of the overall Comic Con experience.
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