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.
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!
Today’s Man-Thing memoir rises from the muck of the first issue of Man-Thing’s very own monthly mag, hot on the heels of his swampy stint in Fear. Steve Gerber, Val Mayerik, and Howard the Duck are the guilty parties.
In 1973, Marvel began an 8-issue series called Worlds Unknown. It presented adaptations of science fiction stories. Today we’ll look at our favorite: A Gun for Dinosaur by L. Sprague de Camp, first published in 1956 in the magazine Galaxy Science Fiction. The plot, adapted by Roy Thomas, revolves around using time travel to hunt for dinosaurs. We’ve enjoyed that concept in Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury and Flesh by Pat Mills.
A Gun for Dinosaur is a fun romp of Cretaceous carnage and the usual tough guys working out the pecking order with their fists and weapons. We don’t pretend to be literary critics, but one thing is for sure: That’s not how you draw a Parasaurolophus! They have a tube-shaped whatchamacallit on their head, not this fan-shaped thing dreamed up by artist Val Mayerik. Also, if you’re going to use the word “Ceratopsian,” spell it right! Other than these minor dino quibbles, we give A Gun for Dinosaur two claws up.