Back in the midsts of time, the title ‘Giant-Size Man-Thing’ would provoke laughs of Sid James proportions, but as the comic wasn’t distributed in the UK you had to really search to get your hands on a ‘Giant-Size Man-Thing’.
Anyhow, there’s no exciting new comics out, and Comixology put this up, and it’d be rude not to have a good look at it, but a bit of background first. Man-Thing was Marvel’s swamp monster (all comics companies should have one) akin to DC’s Swamp Thing. Man-Thing was formally scientist Ted Sallis who when transformed to the Man-Thing also had the ability to set people on fire as those who know fear burn at the Man-Thing’s touch. Most of the time the character is a second rate Swamp Thing, but when writer Steve Gerber and artist Mike Ploog got their hands on it the strip shone.Gerber was an exceptional writer who predated Alan Moore in terms of introducing a more intelligent approach to superhero comics.
On the surface this is just monsters fighting each other, but the villains here are a cult that believe that entropy must be worshipped, and is a bit, well, odd.
The brain turns out to have some history.
Gerber then treats us to some panels of the adventures of a golden brain.
The brain forms a body who wanders off to get some clothes and we’re back with the Entropists.
After some 1970’s style environmental concern there’s more monsters fighting.
And more fighting…
This is a great little 1970’s monster comic that has a wee bit more going on between the ears than I expected going back to it for the first time in probably 20 years at least, though Mike Ploog’s pencils are ruined by some dismal inking. Even so Ploog does a great job, even if he’s inked so badly it makes his art look dreadful in places.
I miss these types of 70’s monster comics. Fighting, monsters, philosophy and Giant-Size Man-Thing’s….