Marvel Expands Horror Line With New ‘Man-Thing’ Title

Marvel Comics apparently isn’t content with simply conquering the super-heroic world–it’s also expanding its resurgence in the horror arena by stepping back into its storied past.

Earlier this year, Marvel snapped up the comic book rights to the Alien and Predator franchises from Dark Horse Comics, and this week the World’s No. 1 announced a ManThing series of three one-shots that will debut in March 2021, according to cbr.com.

Avengers: Curse of the Man-Thing No. 1 will celebrate the muck-monster’s 50th anniversary–with the character’s first appearance being recorded in Savage Tales No. 1 way back in May 1971.

Created a half-century ago by writers Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway and artist Gray Morrow (supervised, of course, by editor Stan Lee), Man-Thing has shambled and sloshed through the Marvel Universe in many and varied titles, including Adventure into Fear and his own book.

The Man-Thing, as fans know, is really Dr. Ted Sallis, who was transformed into the empathic, humanoid swamp creature living in the Florida Everglades. Steve Gerber’s 39-issue run on the characters’ own book is considered by fans to be a cult classic.

This new incarnation–as the title implies–will involve the Avengers super-team in an eerie adventure with Man-Thing (check out the incredible cover on this page). Written by Steve Orlando and illustrated by Francesco Mobili (with a horror-inducing cover by Daniel Acuna), this first issue will deal with “gargantuan monoliths” menacing the world “with only the Avengers standing between the population of Earth and a planetary inferno. Can they save Man-Thing in time to douse the fires?”

This series is Orlando’s first project for Marvel, having written primarily for DC Comics. “It’s a huge honor to be asked to make my debut as part of a character’s anniversary,” he said. “It is amazing to tell this nailbiter of a story that’s going to remind people just how unique Man-Thing is. He’ll be better positioned than ever to shock and scare readers and villains alike.”

The book’s editor, Mark Paniccia, added that those fans who “like super-heroes and the supernatural (will) love this high-octane combination with one of Marvel’s strangest characters.”

This series will hit comic book shops right around the same time as Marvel’s Alien No1 release, as reported here in Horror News Network. That comic will be the start of the group’s line based on the enormously popular horror/sf film franchise. A Predator series is expected to hit soon.

Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on Marvel’s burgeoning horror line.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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