Alright, so far, we’ve seen the beginnings of what would become Marvel’s foray into the horror genre in the late 1960’s/ early 1970’s, so now it’s time to open the flood gates, and see some more hardcore action from this publisher! One of the earliest (and one of my personal favorites) monsters to roam the 616 Universe, is the muck monster, Man-Thing! This beast was once a scientist that was betrayed by his wife, a subversive agent of A.I.M.! Ted Sallis was working on a formula (the Super-Soldier Formula that gave Steve Rogers his extraordinary powers), but was attacked by his wife and agents of A.I.M. Sallis fought his way out of the lab, and drove his car off into the swamp. He then injected himself with the serum, and crashed into the murky depths of the swamp. Little did he know though, that the specific area where he crashed, was near the Nexus of All Realities, an area ripe with magical properties. These three elements joined to change him into the shambling monster that he is today. The vampiric Morbius followed, and the floodgates were then thrust wide open for many more macabre characters to make their way into the limelight!
Let us now take a look at some of the more memorable moments from some of these Marvel monsters! Credits include- Gray Morrow, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Howard Chaykin, Frank Robbins, Doug Moench, Bill Mantlo, Don Heck, Bernie Wrightson,and more! Enjoy!
Cool to see a couple of pages here penciled by Frank Robbins. He’s an underrated artist. It took me quite a while to develop an appreciation for his work, but since then I’ve been a real fan. And he drew incredibly sexy women.
I also enjoyed the cover to Incredible Hulk #197, one of Bernie Wrightson’s all too rare forrays into the Marvel universe.
Also, that Man-Thing cover with Gil Kane inked by Dan Adkins is quite good. Adkins was another underrated artist. He certainly did a fine job over Kane’s pencils.
And that Man-Thing issue wasthe one with the Howard the Duck back-up where he met Bessie the Hellcow. I think that one story really encapsulated Steve Gerber’s unique writing: absolutely ridiculous and bizarre, yet also sad and poignant.
Nobody can write “crazy” good stories like Gerber did. Nobody! Thanks for stopping by!