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Essential Man-Thing, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 1) Paperback – December 13, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (December 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785121358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785121350
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Red Eyes on July 1, 2007
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The comic starts off slowly, repetitively, but soon flowers into an existential, anarchic,nihilist-naive, neo primitivist landscape, which prefigures and pre empts and "pre imagines" Charles Burns "Black Hole" and aspects of Alan Moore by decades.

The action takes place in a swamp -- a secluded place, a dank,, threatening, yet pure place, untouched by the corruption of man -- yet it's a place constantly under threat from corrupt, violent men,pushing at its ( mental and physical/psychical ) edges and boundaries.

However, the swamp is protected by the pure of heart, Man Thing -- the beast is a being who instinctively despises corruption, the concept of "might makes right" thuggery and the bully. In other words, a very modern comic figure !!

The art is great too, with lots of good character profiles of 70's hippies, anarchist bikers, draft dodgers, homophobic hard hats, 1950's rockabilly gangs,hippy chicks and eccentric professors.

Get ready to take the man thing trip, from the swamps to the edge of the stratosphere out to the edges of your dreams, blurring waking and sleeping consciousness!

Great stuff, from a somewhat dull start on to a great set of tales : If you are into existential,lonely central figures and very "post modern", apocalyptic themes,expressing a deep mistrust of modern society, then you'll love Man Thing. I can't believe he was left behind and taken over by Swamp Thing and "Black Hole" ! Man Thing deserves a far higher profile and respect in the comics world.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 10, 2007
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When my local comic book store got its copies of "Essential Man-Thing, Volume 1," one of the clerks made a point of urging me to buy the book because it included a couple of issues of what he maintained was the comic book with the greatest name in the history of the Marvel or any other universe. He was referring, of course, to the first two issues of "Giant-Size Man-Thing." I did not comment on either the appropriateness of this declaration being made in a loud voice in the presence of young children or the attendant irony of this information being gleefully communicated by someone who has six inches and about a hundred pounds on me. But I did let him know that I already had my own copy that I could read about the Man-Thing regardless of size in the privacy of my own home.

Man-Thing made his (its?) first appearance in May 1971 in "Savage Tales" #1, and while there is a tendency to think of the Marvel character as a second rate version of DC's much more successful Swamp Thing, that character first appeared a month later in "House of Secrets" #92, the June-July 1971 issue. The first appearance of Man-Thing was written by Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas, with Gary Morrow as the artist, where as the first Swamp Thing story was written by Len Wein and drawn by Berni Wrightson. To make things even more interesting, Conway and Wein were roommates at the time, and Wein wrote the second Man-Thing story drawn by Neal Adams (originally intended for "Savage Tales" #2, it was incorporated to a Ka-Zar story by Roy Thomas drawn by John Buscema in "Astonishing Tales" #12.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grant on August 17, 2009
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By the early 70s, Marvel Comics seemed to be losing a little of its creative spark. Ditko and Kirby were gone, and Stan had his eye on movies and television. But then a new breed of writers and artists started to filter in. Guys like Starlin, Steranko, Adams, Simonson and many others started to re-invigorate the company. One of these writers was the late Steve Gerber who some might know for his work on titles as varied as Omega The Unknown, The Defenders, Sludge, Hard Time, Nevada and even the Thundarr the Barbarian cartoon. However, some of Gerbers best work was writing a character called Man-Thing.

Man-Thing was created by Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway and debuted in Savage Tales #1. This was one of Marvels line of more adult friendly, magazine sized, black and white comics. It featured stunning art by the late great Gray Morrow. Man-Things story continued on into Astonishing Tales for a two issue story arc in issues 12 and 13. Man-Thing then took over one of Marvels horror titles...Adventures Into Fear starting with issue 10. Starting in issue 11, Steve Gerber took over the writing and started to write some of the most thought provoking, offbeat, and original stories in comic book history. During his time on Man-Thing, Gerber introduced characters like Howard the Duck, Foolkiller, and created the famous tag line..."Whatever knows fear..burns at the Man-Things touch!" The stories touched on issues of persecution, hypocrisy and environmental issues all while battling demons, other-dimensional villains, evil land developers and sometimes...just jerks that needed to be slapped. The setting in the swamps of Florida gave the stories a claustrophobic and anxious feeling.
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