A Candle for Sainte Cloud
Perhaps one of the strangest comics ever, this issue has the Man-Thing only as a candle in a curio shop. Sainte-Cloud is the woman who buys it. She writes her stories as the candle burns and its vapors swirl into her dreams. She dreams of her own meeting with Ted Sallis, back in 1967.
Decay Meets the Mad Viking!
Summary: Eugene (The Star) Spangler, Astrid and her "viking berserker" grandfather all meet the Man-Thing in the swamp. "each is left... impotent or harmless... or dead and decaying."
To Be Continued!
The Kids' Night Out!
Hannigan and Wilson
1 - The Man-Thing saves a Bambi trapped in the swampy woods. Edward Winshed has died. Those that may mave killed him drive a young woman, Alice Rimes, into the swamp, where she meets the Man-Thing. Her screams bring the other funeral goers, who end up burt by the Man-Thing's touch. Later Alice is bullied at school. She has the diary of the dead boy, who was a bit of a geek. His story is sad and pointless in the way all our lives are. The Man-Thing is drawn to that, and the madness behind it. A well-told tale. 2 - Howard bounces around the universe after the events of AdF #19, finally arriving in the city of Cleveland. Howard tries to cope with the resulting wierdness as best he can, and ends up saving the day from Gorko, the Man-Frog. He is arrested.
Continued in GSMT #5.
2 - Howard bounces around the universe after the events of AdF #19, finally arriving in the city of Cleveland. Howard tries to cope with the resulting wierdness as best he can, and ends up saving the day from Gorko, the Man-Frog. He is arrested.
A Book Burns in Citrusville!
Eugene Spangler's body is found. The "Mad Viking" is still on the loose. The Man-Thing is face-down in the swamp, dreaming. The natives try to kill him for good, while Richard Rory attends a rally which the Viking shows up for. They declare the old Vikings' ideas of morality good and trot off with him to fix their little town. Richard disagrees and is knocked out by them!
To Be Continued!
The "Mad Viking" and the Mothers for Decency team-up to fight depraved evil or whatever in their little town of Cirtusville. Man-Thing is acid-washed like a air of Levis', the riots get out of control and Alice, the old viking's grandaughter is killed. Expect veneance to be fast-acting and deep-cleaning. Richard Rory leaves with the Man-Thing.
Beware the Path of the Monster!
Spider-Man sees pics of the Man-Thing on the news and decides to hit up Jonah for a working vacation. He contacs Dr. Curt Connors in Florida to let him know he'll be in town. Connors changes into the Lizard. The Man-Thing saves another hapless suicidal person from death in the swamp. Spider-Man searches the swamp and the Lizard finds him. Spider-Man captures the Lizard while the Man-Thing is turned into a weapon by the Lizard. Man-Thing doesn't enjoy this and takes it out of the Lizard in equal measure. The Lizard is defeated with the assistance of the suicidal guy and the Man-Thing walks away.
Fear Times Three!
Howard Back-up #2
May 71: Ted Sallis goes to a carnival the night Savage Tales #1 takes place. Several Other writers finally have a chance to write the character: In "Hellcow!", Howard meets a bovine that was transformed by Dracula long ago and does the merciful thing.
1 - "There's a Party in 6G", by Steve Gerber and Tom Sutton, in which the Man-Thing saves a baby from an evil cult with grand plans and no real idea what they are doing.
2 - "The Sins of the Fathers", by Len Wein, John Buscema and Frank Springer, where the Man-Thing watches the lives of some of those who live near the swamp. A strange Romeo and Juliet-type story. Very sad.
3 - "Lifeline!", by Marv Wolfman, Ed Hannigan and Tom Sutton. Jackson Hunter has spent a long, hard time saving to the day when he could destroy the Man-Thing. He of course cannot.
Several Other writers finally have a chance to write the character:
In "Hellcow!", Howard meets a bovine that was transformed by Dracula long ago and does the merciful thing.
The Scavenger of Atlanta
The Man-Thing is drawn to the plight of a woman taken by the Scavenger. The police drive them away. The Scavenger travels to Atlanta, where he consumes lives to survive. He meets the man-Thing again and is burned.
To Be Continued!
The Scavenger survives the Man-Thing's burn and gets away. Man-thing is being taken back to the swamp when the vehicle he is riding in is hit by a car driven by a demonic guy who carries the Nightmare Box. The Man-Thing ends up with it and is confronted by the spirits of demons who want the Box. They take the shapes of those Man-Thing has seen before: Shang-Chi, Spider-Man, the Thing and Dardevil and the Black Widow, among others. He defeats them and they run wild in the city of Atlanta!
To Be Continued!
A Lunatic on Every Corner!
Atlanta is in chaos! The origin of the Scavenger is revealed and the plans of Thog the Nether-Spawn come to a climax!
To Be Concluded!
Pop Goes the Cosmos!
Steve Gerber is in this issue, explaining how attached he is becoming to the series. Dakimh the Enchanter comes to him and gets him to help. A quick run-down of Man-Things adventures is given. Thog's origin is revealed. Steve is sucked into the Nightmare box and comes face-to-face with the Man-Thing. They watch as Man-Thing fights for the cosmos and Thog is given the burning of a lifetime. Dakimh comes to Steve's home and thanks him for all the fine work in writing the stories.
to the Monster of Frankenstein!
all images and comic credit goes to 2001