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Deep in the swamps of Marvel Comics lays a creeping horror
so terrifying, so horrendous, that few dare whisper his name. A creature, part human
and part monster, forever walking the swamps looking for solitude; he is known only
as Man-Thing! Is he here to warn of us of our environmental follies or is he
here for something more sinister?
A mix of horror and old superhero lore, Man-Thing was once
buried deep in the arcane vaults of Marvel, waiting for another chance to be
brought back to life. Well, wait no more, dear readers. Our creature
of the woods has once again seen the light of day thanks to MAN-THING OMNIBUS, a collection of chills and thrills in a huge tome that will surely
keep you turning the pages to the last, fear induced panel.
Man-Thing has his origins in a pretty standard superhero
convention. An overzealous scientist named Dr. Ted Sallis spends his time in
the Florida Everglades attempting to recreate the super-soldier serum a la
Captain America. As he works, his lab is attacked by the terrorist group
Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M) and he flees deep into the woods after
destroying his notes. Unfortunately for
him, he crashes his car into a chemical infested swamp and in hopes of saving
his own life, injects himself with what little serum he has left. But nothing
is ever that easy in the Marvel world. As the chemicals and the serum mix
together, instead of making him the
southern version of the greatest Nazi ass-kicker ever known, he becomes a plant
covered creature forever doomed to wander the swamps. As he slowly attempts to
regain his memories, he begins a new and strange life where he meets heroes,
fights villains, and scares the ever living bejeezus out of any person who
wanders to close to his home.
Though Man Thing has been tossed into B-character obscurity
along with other horror titles from the 70s, he has recently seen a rise in
popularity thanks in no small part to the re-interest in old horror comics such
as CREEPY and EERIE. The book itself is a back breaking, 1,192 page hard-cover
collection of his early appearances including ASTONISHING TALES, FEAR, MARVEL
TEAM-UP and his own series, MAN THING. The book comes with one of two covers: a new,
breathtaking painting by industry favorite, Ariel Olivetti, or, for you old
school ghouls, a beautifully reprinted, classic, first issue cover from Frank
Bunner. Whichever you choose, both of the books carry the high, but realistic,
tag price of $100. Though it seems like a lot of money, especially since you
can get the Marvel Essentials MAN THING for about 20 buck a pop—and each come
with about 600 pages of comic—the new collection features way better paper and
printing quality and is solidly built to last you a lifetime. Trust me, this
comic is a must have if you’re a fan of horror, superheroes, or even nostalgia.
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