The Transparent Fox:
Giant-Size Man-Thing #3
Issue(s): Giant-Size Man-Thing #3
Dakimh senses that Korrek is in trouble, so he sends the Man-Thing to help out.
It turns out that Korrek's kingdom was taken over by a group of evil wizards and warriors. Korrek's kingdom is worthless from a strategic or material point of view, but a prophecy says that certain powers will come to the prince of the land, currently Korrek (the bad guys are already wary of Korrek because he's spoken of his past adventures with Man-Thing and company: "He says he has visited other worlds... that he converses with water fowl..!").
The fight eventually winds up back on Earth, at Citrusville.
Dakimh is seemingly killed, and passes his powers to Jennifer.
Dakimh will have a number of additional appearances as an astral projection, though.
The bad guys are defeated but Korrek is stuck on Earth.
The Man-Thing occasionally shows signs of intelligence. There's a brief initial recognition of Korrek. And then later, one of the nicest scenes in the book is when the Man-Thing comes across Dakimh's alchemy set and at some deep level it reminds Ted Sallis of his career as a scientist. The Man-Thing experiences a sense of loss and anger and smashes the lab.
One of the coolest scenes in the book is the Man-Thing battling a dragon with a Stop sign.
Nice, kinda weird art by Alcala.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place between Man-Thing #14-15 (or at least that's the way the Essentials trades published the issues, and the MCP seems to agree. Man-Thing doesn't actually appear in issue #15, though, so there's no direct dependency).
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Essential Man-Thing vol. 2
Klonus and Mortak (the bad guys) appear again in Man-Thing 21-22.
Posted by: Michael | April 21, 2013 5:38 PM
Thanks. Added them.
Btw, you've helped point out a bunch of minor characters that are not tracked by the MCP: these guys, Balkatar, Brian Lazarus, Professor Slaughter. Mark just pointed out Kthara.
King Gerark is tracked as "Cat King" for his WCA and FF appearances but not for Fear.
Don't know if it's worth alerting the MCP about these guys. I recognize they're pretty minor characters.
Posted by: fnord12 | April 21, 2013 6:36 PM
I do have a liking to Alcala's veiny, creepy rendering of Ol' Carrot Nose. I'd dare say Manny's fight scenes make him look fast, even fluid (no pun intended), something I didn't think possible.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | May 19, 2017 12:20 AM
I like the art by Alcala but it looks like at some point it might have been intended for a black and white magazine. Because there's so much black on each page, it ends to be a little too dark after the addition of color. Looks a bit muddy in spots, and some of the background detail tends to get lost in the blackground.
Posted by: Holt | February 12, 2018 12:36 AM
That's just the way Alcala drew. He did the same thing a lot for DC's mystery titles, and outside of Kirby's two efforts, DC never went for b&w back then.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | February 12, 2018 8:02 PM
It's really beautiful in any case. I like his black and white art too. There are several examples of it here: http://www.supermegamonkey.net/cgi-bin/mt512/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=3&Template=chronocomic&search=Alcala
Posted by: Holt | February 12, 2018 10:21 PM
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