Let’s have a look at some splash pages by Val Mayerik from 1972 and 1973 for some of Man-Thing’s earliest adventures. The book was published under the straight-forward title Fear. But, beginning with Steve Gerber’s Man-Thing stories in #10, the covers proclaimed “Adventure into Fear with the Man-Thing.” Man-Thing starred until #19 with old Marvel horror story back-ups. Then Morbius the Living Vampire took over until the final 31st issue, as Man-Thing shambled off to find his own title.
We looked at bees the other day. How about spiders today?!
The Spider Waits appeared as the back-up story from Fear #11. Fear started off as Silver Age monster story reprints, then ran early Man-Thing stories under the title Adventure into Fear. The Man-Thing story in this issue is ho-hum; but, this throwback to the golden age rocks! We’ll see how mean parents can mess you up for life. Then, just as you conquer your problems, they come back to bite you in the ass! Oh, the horror!
– From Fear #11; Marvel, 1972. Art by Fred Kida.
Whatever knows fear, blogs at the touch of Man-Thing! Here he is, Marvel’s mucky monstrosity in some of our favorite swamp stories. We bet you never knew injecting yourself with chemical mutagens and fatally wrecking your car would be so much fun!
– From Fear #12 (a/k/a Adventure into Fear); Marvel, 1973.
– Reprinted in color in the Man-Thing Omnibus Hardcover; 2012.
– Reprinted in black and white in Essential Man-Thing TPB #1