Characters Appearing: Man-Thing
Rampaging Hulk #7 (Man-Thing)
Issue(s): Rampaging Hulk #7 (Man-Thing story only)
After a fight with her mom...
...she goes to a singles bar in Citrusville (much more populated than one might think for that town) and gets into trouble with a local.
The Man-Thing, intrigued by her strong emotions, arrives and essentially crams all of the personalities back into the girl...
...before wandering back into the swamp.
Certainly what one would expect of a Steve Gerber Man-Thing story, and, especially with Jim Starlin art, a worthy back-up feature. It does feature the usual Gerber tics, like a 15 year old girl who is more able to articulate her emotions than most psych majors, and a full text page explaining why Andrea's childhood was traumatic.
My Essentials reprint also includes this nice splash panel, although the Man-Thing doesn't actually meet the Hulk in the story.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Essential Man-Thing vol. 2
It's Man-Thing versus Sybil! Never knew Starlin drew Ol' Carrot Nose, and he does a commendable job here. I too dig the splash page, although it kinda looks like Man-Thing is bored and just wants to "hang out". The creators surely must have enjoyed the freedom to tell more adult-oriented stories these b&w magazine allowed at the time. After all, Starlin couldn't get away with depicting all the crack shown by Andrea's she-demon side, or how Andrea herself was a "developed" young lady. Also liked how Andrea's macho and childish sides hightailed it once they got a glimpse of Man-Thing! Also, kudos to Gerber for the unique take on multiple personality disorder, I wonder if this inspired the later Hulk stories dealing with Bruce Banner's inner struggles?
Posted by: Brian Coffey | June 11, 2017 9:12 AM
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