Man-Thing Marks Anniversary With Special X-Men Team-Up

Man-Thing–Marvel Comics’ long-suffering swamp shambler–celebrates 50 years of four-color glory with a special issue slated to hit comic shops next month.

And just to make this comic more “monstrous”, XMenCurse of the ManThing No1 will guest-star a unique X-Group known as the Dark Riders–mutants who definitely fall into the horror category.

This comic–as reported by–will showcase the Dark Riders as they travel to the Florida Everglades to help Man-Thing combat the threat posed by the villain called Harrower. Look for this special issue at your local shop May 5.

This fear-fraught comic–from the writer-artist team of Steve Orlando and Andrea Broccadro–concludes the story arc originated in AvengersCurse of the ManThing No1, which introduced Harrower.

It turns out this super-villain has stolen Man-Thing’s power to burn anyone who feels fear, and uses that arcane ability to release “vegetal growths around the world that are burning up” people everywhere.

Enter the X-Men’s Dark Riders: Magik, Marrow, Forearm, Shark-Girl, Wolf Cub and Mammomax. Not exactly the kind of mutants you’d want to bring home to mother, but a hardy bunch of do-gooders you would want on your side in a struggle to protect the planet.

Man-Thing–created by writers Stan Lee, Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway and artist Gray Morrow back in 1971–started out as Dr. Ted Sallis, a scientist who had been trying to recreate the Super-Soldier Serum that gave birth to Captain America decades before. Unfortunately, his car careened into a mysterious swamp, and the combination of science and magic transformed Sallis into Man-Thing. And, as the legend goes, “Whatever knows fear, burns at the touch of Man-Thing.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for updates on the continuing saga of Man-Thing, as well as all new horror titles from Marvel Comics.

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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