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Marvel Entertainment’s trend of luring high-profile authors to its comic book line continues with the announcement that, following Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay’s signings to work on the Black Panther property, the company has brought in R.L. Stine to resurrect Man-Thing from the depths.
“R.L. Stine in the Marvel Universe — that’s an event in and of itself,” Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said in a statement released by the publisher. “And is there a Marvel character more perfectly suited to his sensibilities than the monstrous Man-Thing?”
The series will see Stine revive the horror character that debuted in 1971’s Savage Tales No. 1, created by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway and Grey Morrow. Originally a scientist called Ted Sallis whose attempts to recreate the Super Soldier Serum that created Captain America went awry, Man-Thing is an amnesiac plant monster whose touch burns those feeling fear.
Though he is a relatively obscure character, Man-Thing plays a pivotal role in the careers of two far more popular Marvel characters; Barbara Morse — who would go on to become Mockingbird, as seen in ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD TV series — was originally created as a Man-Thing supporting character, as was Howard the Duck, who would go on to far greater success (and a run for President of the United States) in the years immediately following his introduction.
The five-issue Man-Thing series won’t just feature Stine’s take on the long-lasting horror character; the Goosebumps creator also will write a second story for each issue, illustrated by a different artist each month, starting with the first issue’s Daniel Warren Johnson.
Man-Thing launches in March.
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