Comic-Things

Uncanny Avengers Annual coverUncanny Avengers Annual #1
Writer: Rick Remender, Cover Artist: Art Adams, interior art Paul Renaud.
The first appearance of the Avengers of the Supernatural! When the producers of the Mojoverse can't make a hit series they call on Mojo to gather an all-new, all-creepy Avengers! Can the Uncanny Avengers survive the wrath of an unleashed Spirit of Vengeance?
Shipped April 30, 2014

Spotted by Scott Andrew Hutchins


Red She-Hulk coverRed She-Hulk #67
Jeff Parker (w) Carlo Pagulayan & Wellinton Alves (a) Cover by Francesco FrancavillaTS.
The Mad Thinker has improved the next generation of Super-Soldiers and they are here to finish the rampage of the Red She-Hulk! Is Betty stuck in Omega Stage Hulk form forever? Will Machine Man, She-Hulk and humanity pay the price for Betty's interference of the future?
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99
Shipping July 2013


Red She-Hulk coverRed She-Hulk #66
Jeff Parker (w) Carlo Pagulayan & Wellinton Alves (a) Cover by Francesco FrancavillaTS.
Route 616 continues with a nightmare at the nexus of realities! Betty needs to save the future, but The Man-Thing stands in her way! The Mad Thinker retools the ECHELON soldiers! Red She-Hulk versus Green She-Hulk!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99
Shipping June 2013

Spotted by PTOR who asks So, this is Jeff Parker writing Manny - but AFTER Frank Cho's Wolverine story. Are they both the same Manny? Will this one speak? Will it all depend on what happens in Savage Wolverine? Which one takes place first? Do you know the way to San Jose? Why am I asking you all these questions?


Savage Wolverine #1 (to/and??) #4 (2013)
Frank Cho
Wolverine and Shanna the She-Devil travel to the Savage Land in a adventure that holds many secrets, among them what could be the key to resurrection... and a guest star who may or may not be Man-Thing.

Issue 1 features a mountain with the parsnip tuber three pronged face that looks an awful lot like "Manny", and is the heart of the whole mystery of the first story arc. In #4 we get a close look at a dormant vegetable "Manny", but the dialogue introduces the possibility that there is "more than one Man-Thing running about". Issue 5 resolves the mystery of the mountain; something that looks like but isn't Manny, however there is no clarification regarding the dormant creature in #4, so best we can say is a connection with Man-Thing is suggested but remains ambiguous. I suspect this was supposed to be a straight cameo by Manny but events in Thunderbolts meant they had to inject some plausible deniability to avoid continuity conflicts.
Cost - $3.99 each

#4 details spotted by me, Issue #1 details provided by PTOR


A fitting time for the new Man-Thing.

Man-Thing had a supporting role in the Thunderbolts afterThunderbolts: Man-Thing's ID Photo Jeff Parker took over writing the series from issue 138, using the opportunity to alter the membership of the team and making use of Man-Thing. Prior to events in this series our favourite Muck Monster had been shown being arrested by H.A.M.M.E.R. in issue 10 of Dark Avengers. Parker decided that the authorities had realized that Manny is too powerful a creature to be left out on the loose, so he was drafted into the Thunderbolts. Man-Thing fulfills a lead logistics role, with the team using his link to the Nexus of all realities as a means of transport to get them where ever they needed to go.

In most issues Man-Thing played a background role, but Parker portrayed him in a rather wistful manner, including echo's from Ted's life and hints of hidden depths, which often gave his usually impulsive team members pause for thought. Parker also expanded the Man-Thing mythos, setting up in issue #162 a major turning-point for Manny, with the reveal finally arriving in issue #176.

When the saga came to an end in Dark Avengers #183 the team broke up and Man-Thing returned to the Nexus of Realities, intent on finding his place in the world a changed creature; as Parker described to Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources Man-Thing can now talk and think clearly. That was something Kev [Walker] was pushing for early on, when he started speaking to me. I'd really like to do a new Man-Thing comic, I have ideas that would make it a different kind of book. I established the universal language he speaks to explain that everyone hears him differently, so he could never be written wrong.

I think the changes made worked well in the context of a team focused book where the technique of having each character hear him speak in a different way got a good work-out. The recent publication of the last Steve Gerber written Man-Thing story (Infernal Man-Thing) means it would actually be a fitting time to retire the mindless empath which Steve made his own in his classic stories with the character.

The strength of Steve's work with Manny has meant previous revamps of the character have been quick to fade away so for this new incarnation to stick for the long-term a few other writers will have to show a willingness to use him. I sincerely hope that some do.

Other appearances

Older appearances in the bibliographies, those of you who want to track down appearances from the last few years check these pages:


Toy-Things

Gentle Giant Ltd. is producing a gigantic Man-Thing Statue. Inspired by artist Mike Ploog, this limited edition statue renders the monstrous Man-Thing, denizen of the Everglades, as he was depicted on the cover of "The Night of the Laughing Dead." Digitally sculpted by their master artisans, each individually-numbered limited edition statue is rendered using the highest quality polyresin and hand painted, then paired with a matching certificate of authenticity.

Price: $450.00
Dimensions: H 19.75" W 12" D 11" with a 14" diameter round base
Release Date: Q1 2015
Edition Size: TBD

More info at Gentle Giant Ltd. site.

Spotted by PTOR


Man_thing and Howard the DuckHeroclix: Man-thing and Howard the Duck Duo#047
Part of the Amazing Spider-Man HeroClix set, this super-rare duo figure is expected February 2013.
Manny also gets a new solo figure (#033) as part of the set.

Spotted by me at Wikipedia


Article-Things

Comic Book Creator #6 coverComic Book Creator #6 - Swampmen: Muck-Monsters of the Comics
Edited by Jon B. Cooke
Those of us who regretted that the Swampmen: Muck Monsters of the Comics book never made it to press will be heartened to see that its cover and some content has been resurrected for this double-size CBC Summer Annual examining those creepy man-critters that crawled out of the bayou back in the 1970s, through the memories of the artists and writers who created them! A line-up of interviews discuss Swamp Thing, Man-Thing, The Heap, Lurker of the Swamp, It, Bog Beast, and even Marvin the Dead Thing: Bernie Wrightson, Alan Moore, Mike Ploog, Len Wein, Frank Brunner, Steve Gerber, Stephen R. Bissette, Rick Veitch, Gerry Conway, Val Mayerik, Joe Orlando, Marty Pasko, Jim Mooney, John Totleben, Tom Yeates, Karen Berger, Jesse Santos, Michael Uslan, Michael W. Kaluta, Louise Simonson, Roy Thomas, and the remembrances of many others. Behind the Frank Cho cover, there's also these stories:

  • It Started with 'It': The Theodore Sturgeon Connection
  • The Romance of 'Swamp Thing': Heartbreak Inside the House of Secrets
  • With the Helping of the Heap: Alan Moore's Anatomy Lesson
  • Jesus is Not Alright with DC: Rick Veitch and Cancelled Comics of Calvary
  • The Lost Bernie Wrightson Swamp Thing Graphic Novel

Over ten years in the making, this aims to be the definitive look at that ground-breaking horror comics sub-genre, so jump into the muck 'n' mire for CBC's scintillatingly sinister sixth ish!
ISBN-13: 978-1-60549-057-1
ISBN-10: 1-60549-057-1.
Diamond Comic Distributors Order Code:MAY141629
Twomorrows.com (FREE preview on AUGUST 10)
$21.95 cover price
192-page trade paperback with COLOR
Shipping August 27 24 September 22 October 2014

Spotted by Chuck


Animated-Things

Marvels Agents of Shield episode #20: Nothing Personal
Agent Maria Hill name dropped Man-Thing while she is on the phone with someone ( presumable Nick Fury) telling him how her meeting was with congress. The exact quote was "It went as expected. Shield implodes and everyone wants answers. The CIA, NSA, NRO, them I can handle. But congress is like kindergarten.
"Where is this fridge?"
"What was in there?"
"Who or what is a Man Thing?"
Screened 2014-04-29.

Spotted by MacGruber


Ultimate Spider-Man coverMarvel's Ultimate Spider-Man
This makes its Disney Channel debut in a special one-hour Halloween event, Saturday, October 5 at 9pm/8c. This brand new prime time animation special features a never-before-seen team-up with Blade, the fan favorite vampire hunter; Jack Russell aka Werewolf by Night; The Living Mummy; Frankenstein's Monster and Man-Thing. United together in animation for the first time, Spider-Man and his monstrous allies take on one of the biggest Halloween villains of all time, Dracula!
Saturday, October 5 2013

Spotted by P-tor


Man-Thing on the BBQMarvel Super Heroes: What The ?!
Marvel vs. Capcom!
The Marvel heroes and Capcom superstars collide in a barbecue of brutality, with Man-Thing's head being BBQ'd as veggie burgers by Captain America.
Released online Sep 28, 2012.

Spotted by PTOR


Other-Things

2013 seems to be the year Man-Thing hits the catwalks as a fashion icon...

savage wolverine t-shirt coverSavage Wolverine T-shirt
From Mighty Fine, in Previews for September 2013, but is that really Man-Thing?

Spotted by PTOR


Cover from Punisher Vol 7 #12 (Frankencastle/Legion of Monsters) T-shirt
From Mighty Fine, in Previews for September 2013 but WAS BEEN CANCELLED!!!

Spotted by PTOR


Cover from Man-Thing Vol 2 #1 T-shirt
From Junk-Food Clothing, this was in previews for May 2013 but HAS BEEN CANCELLED!!!

Spotted by PTOR


Cover from Marvel Premiere #28 T-shirt
From Junk-food T-shirts. In Previews for January 2013

Spotted by PTOR