Characters Appearing: Man-Thing
Giant-Size Man-Thing #4
Issue(s): Giant-Size Man-Thing #4
Whether it's due to all of the emotion coming from Alice, or from Edmond's relations, or because Edmond's spirit really possesses it, the Man-Thing storms the school where Alice is being held and extracts vengeance. He is particularly gruesome in his attacks. The young step-wife of the abusive uncle, who Edmond was friendly with but who never raises her voice in defense of him or to stop the attack on Alice, has her mouth burnt permanently shut by the Man-Thing.
And the gym teacher is burnt all the way to his heart. It's said that "through each layer of skin... through bone... into the throbbing muscle itself... at each stage of penetration, Lewis Milner was offered the opportunity to atone. But his feelings never changed. And so his heart was seared in two."
It's worth noting that bullying or child abuse are serious social topics, this story is closer thematically to the type of monster story that the Man-Thing's book would have been like if it was being written by anyone other than Gerber. It's a lot closer to Conway's story in Fear #10, for example, and it's typical of a lot of horror stories where a monster is used to as an agent of unwitting vengeance. So this is a glimpse into what the Man-Thing's title would have been like if it were written "straight", without talking ducks and peanut butter barbarians and Satanism and all the rest.
Annoyingly, most of the background on Edmond is given in the form of his journal (and an afterward by Alice), so you get 5 pages of straight text in the middle of this.
Outside of the Edmond story, one of the more interesting insights into the Man-Thing itself is in this issue, where it kind of wanders the swamp in search of emotions to experience.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place between Man-Thing #16-17; it's the day after the events of Man-Thing #16, per the opening of issue #17.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Essential Man-Thing vol. 2
I suspect the Annette Kawecki credit is a mistake. She was a letterer for Marvel and had no writing credits that I'm aware of(was a letterer noted in the credits?)
Posted by: Mark Drummond | April 26, 2013 2:46 PM
Thomas Orzechowski ("Tom Orz") is listed as the letterer. Maybe Kawecki did some uncredited lettering assistance and UHBMCC added her to the writer field by mistake. It is the only book they list her as a writer for. I've removed the credit.
Posted by: fnord12 | April 26, 2013 3:02 PM
Steve Gerber said in FOOM#9 that all that high school stuff actually happened to him, and a kid in his school did die the same way as Edmond.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | May 4, 2013 6:25 PM
Some clarification on Annette Kawecki. http://s9.postimg.org/nwk5clbe7/manthing_29a.jpg
Posted by: gfsdf gfbd | April 23, 2014 2:00 PM
I really like that third scan, black back ground, awesome clashing of colors. It looks like an interesting blending of mediums.
Posted by: david banes | April 23, 2014 2:26 PM
Thanks for that, "gfsdf". I've added Annette Kawecki to the credits and just to preempt linkrot, i've duplicated that scan here.
Posted by: fnord12 | April 23, 2014 2:43 PM
The unaltered cover to this book appears in Swampmen/Comic Book Creator #6.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | March 4, 2015 10:28 AM
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