For the longest time, one of the characters I've made it a must to follow was the Man-Thing.
And come June, the last Steve Gerber Man-Thing story is coming to life after nearly 30 years. Shame that this series is coming out 4 years after Gerber's death. Would have love to have heard his opinion on this. I've pretty much stopped buying all floppies, even Ghost Rider (I'll probably go back in a few months and pick them up anyway, hopefully at a discount), but these 3 books, I will not hesitate to get of I can.
Anyway, have some background.
Created by legendary writer Steve Gerber, the series Man-Thing followed the tales of Ted Sallis, a man who was tricked into making a super soldier serum. When he discovered the plot, he ran from them through the Everglades of Florida. In the chase, he was run off the road. In the attempt to save his life, he injected himself with the serum to save his life. But the serum had an unexpected effect. Mixing with the swamp waters and plant life, he become the unthinking, unknowing, empathic Man-Thing. A creature that has not thoughts of his own, but is drawn and dictated by the emotions of those he encounters. And all those who know fear burns at the Man-Thing's touch. Of all emotions, fear causes the Man-Thing physical pain, and the fire burns it away.
And that was all off the top of my head. The books for Man-Thing are a fun mix of horror and super-heroes, a sign of the times in the mid 70s. I have both Essential books, and I only regret that Marvel doesn't release a collection of his '98 series illustrated brilliantly by Liam Sharp. Now that is an amazing looking series with an interesting story that never finished developing. He's currently play Greyhound to the Thunderbolts, which was going in an awesome direction, and the last 10 issues he's been a lump. Literally.
Well, enough blabbing from me. Probably didn't even read any of it, so have the covers to issue 1!
Nah, you're reading the current Swamp Thing. DC, big difference in characters and characterization. Man-Thing in an unthinking brute, while Swamp Thing was a swamp elemental fighting for the Green that assimilated Alec Holland's memories, believing he was him until recently, although that's changing again.
For the better. Another good horror series. There are a long line of Swamp Thing books out there are worth reading. I'll be checking out the Alan Moore series soon (even though now a fan of his regular work, I have high hopes for this). And if as good as expected, investing in the HC books.
Now, I know I have all these with both black and white Essential Man-Thing volumes, but this is one giant tome in GLORIOUS TECHNICOLOR!
MAN-THING OMNIBUS HC
Written by ROY THOMAS, GERRY CONWAY, STEVE GERBER, TONY ISABELLA, LEN WEIN, MARV WOLFMAN, CHRIS CLAREMONT, RALPH MACCHIO, MICHAEL FLEISHER, DOUG MCKENZIE, JM DEMATTEIS
Penciled by GRAY MORROW, JOHN BUSCEMA, RICH BUCKLER, JIM STARLIN, VAL MAYERIK, MIKE PLOOG, ALFREDO ALCALA, VICENTE ALCAZAR, RICO RIVAL, ED HANNIGAN, RON WILSON, JIM MOONEY, TOM SUTTON, JOHN BYRNE, DON PERLIN, GENE COLAN, LARRY HAMA & PAT BRODERICK
Covers by ARIEL OLIVETTI & FRANK BRUNNER
Neither wholly plant nor animal, neither entirely self-aware nor totally non-sentient, the creature called the Man-Thing is unique, unchanging and alone — but none who encounter him can ever be the same again. Empathic by nature and drawn to fight evil, his shambling visage inspires fear — and whatever knows fear burns at the Man-Thing’s touch. Whether danger rises from the swamp or the city, the past or the future, outer space or the human soul, the Man-Thing awaits!
Collecting ASTONISHING TALES (1970) #12-13; FEAR #11-18, and material from #10 and #19; MAN-THING (1974) #1-22, GIANT-SIZE MAN-THING #1-3 and material from #4-5, INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #197-198; MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #68; MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #43; MAN-THING (1979) #1-11; DR. STRANGE (1974) #41; and material from SAVAGE TALES (1971) #1, MONSTERS UNLEASHED #5 and #8-9, and RAMPAGING HULK (1977) #7. 1192 PGS./Parental Advisory …$125.00
Art Adams has been a king of monster comics for over 2 decades now. The man's talent is uncanny. He illustrated one of my all time favorite stories ever, Fantastic Four's Monsters Unleashed, the debut of the 90s-tastic New Fantastic Four. His art just blew me away then, and made me buy the trade (my first trade ever, back in the 90s, oh if I knew then what I know now...). His Hulk is one of the most classic you can find.