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Appearing in "A Candle for Saint Cloud"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing #15.

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Synopsis for "A Candle for Saint Cloud"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing #15.

Sainte-Cloud, on the advice of a friend, visits a Citrusville candle shop where she purchases a Man-Thing inspired candle hoping that it will inspire her writing. She is unaware that her unrequited love, Chuck, has paid the candle maker to make the hallucinogenic candle so that he could "come to her rescue" when the candle causes her to hallucinate.

The candle creates all too real hallucinations that cause Cloud to have flashbacks of her brief relationship with Ted Sallis, and how she managed to convince him to be more ethical about what sort of military projects he gets involved in. These episodes end with her being terrorized by the Man-Thing, and burned because she is in a state of fear when he touches her.

She believes the whole thing is just a dream until her blind friend Jeremy is also subject to the hallucinations as well. When Chuck shows up to "rescue" Cloud from the all-to-real hallucination of Man-Thing, he becomes enraged that Jeremy is there and the two come to blows. Chuck is furious that she could love a "freak" like Jeremy, and spurn him, and attractive male. The "Man-Thing" appears and is drawn by Chuck's fear and burns his face.

The hallucination abruptly ends at that point, and in all appearances it looks like that Chuck was burned by the candle, but Cloud isn't entirely sure of this.

Appearing in "Decay Meets the Mad Viking"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing #16.

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  • Astrid Josefsen (First appearance)
  • Eugene "Star" Spangler (Only appearance; dies)[1]
  • his groupies
  • Josefsen's boss (Only in flashback)
  • policemen (Only in flashback)
  • Roger (Only in flashback)
  • Jamie Horner (Only in flashback)

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Synopsis for "Decay Meets the Mad Viking"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing #16.

When shock-rocker Star Spangler decides to cancel his current tour in order to find the most decadent and filthy place to write his next concept album, he finds himself in the Citrusville shack formally owned by Ted Sallis. While reveling in the decadent behavior of his legion of followers, he soon is found by Astrid Josefsen, who is fleeing her grandfather, the "Mad Viking".

The Mad Viking has become furious that there are no real macho-men anymore, and so became the Mad Viking to bring back manliness. He's been chasing his granddaughter because she has been dating hippies and artists, the anti-thesis to what the Viking believes to be manly. She managed to get away from the Viking when the Man-Thing interrupted his chase of her.

However, the Viking manages to get past the Man-Thing (who empathically loses interest in the Viking) and the Viking finds a hovel of "wussy men", and begins his attack anew. During the fight the Mad Viking murders Star and a number of his followers. However, the Man-Thing intervenes before the Viking can harm Astrid. Grabbing the Viking's hands, he eventually gives into fear and the Man-Thing's touch begin burning the Viking's hands.

This gives Astrid a moment to flee, and after the Viking gives into the pain, the Man-Thing also leaves him alone and returns to the swamp.

Appearing in "A Book Burns in Citrusville"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing #17.

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Synopsis for "A Book Burns in Citrusville"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing #17.

Story continued from last issue and Giant-Size Man-Thing #4... Following the Mad Viking's murder spree in the swamps, and the Man-Thing's rampage of a local high school, Citrusville is under a strict curfew as the authorities and vigilantly groups try to track down both menaces. As Richard Rory reports the news, Olivia Selby, a concerned mother, becomes outraged that her daughter's education includes a course in sex education and demands that something be done.

Meanwhile, a group of hunters find the Man-Thing and think they downed the creature, however in reality the monster had passed out due to all the months of exposure to different emotions caused the mire-monster to collapse into a coma of sorts. With permission of the mayor, they dump the muck-monster into the Citrusville sewer treatment plant. When Richard Rory hears the news, he is upset and gets chewed out by his boss Mr. Carpenter for abandoning his post. Rory is ordered to cover the address the mayor plans to give about the rampages.

When Richard covers the story for his radio station, Olivia Selby takes control of the speech to demand that all the "commie pinko perverts" influence be removed from their schools. The Mad Viking appears and manages to gain approval of the mob that's forming when he mirrors Selby's mentality and blames the education system for making "wimps" instead of real men. When they try to burn the offending text books, Richard tries to stop them and talk sense into the mob. Not willing to listen the Viking knocks out Richard with a single punch and leads the angry mob to the high school where they intend to burn all the books there.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "School's Out!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing #18.

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Synopsis for "School's Out!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing #18.

Continued from last issue... With a mob led by the Mad Viking are on their way to Citrusville High School to burn text books that go against their beliefs, the Man-Thing -- who has believed to have perished in the Citrusville Sewage treatment plant -- survives the experience but now is a creature made of chemical foam.

As the mob gathers books for their burning, Olivia Selby's daughter Carol is confused over why the adults are burning the books. When one of the science teachers tries to intervene, the Mad Viking throws him out of a window, seriously injuring him. As both Richard Rory (recently fired from his job for trying to talk sense into the mob) and Astrid Josefsen arrive to try talk sense into the mob, the "sud-thing" also works its way to the location.

When Rory and Astrid try to talk sense into the mob by appealing to the Mad Viking that she is the product of his upbringing, he strikes her hard enough to snap her neck, killing her. The mob then sets the books ablaze. When the Man-Thing arrive, it attacks the Mad Viking, it's chemical composition dissolving the Viking, killing him. The process also restores the Man-Thing back to normal. The mob, afraid of the Man-Thing flee. Richard Rory, having seen a dark side to Citrusville that has changed his worldview of the town, decides that he needs to leave. He departs with the Man-Thing, however they are joined by Carol Selby, who has equally found herself disenfranchised with the town following the nights madness.

Appearing in "The Scavenger of Atlanta"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing #19.

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Synopsis for "The Scavenger of Atlanta"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing #19.

Richard Rory, Carol Selby have taken to the road, and the Man-Thing -- not wishing to return to his swamp -- goes along with them (Unknown to all, the Man-Things recent bath in the Citrusville sewage treatment plant had altered his structure in a way that the bog monster no longer needed to be in close proximity of the swamps). Their travels take them to Atlanta, where Rory and Carol crash for the night in a motel.

The Man-Thing, having been left in Richard's van, suddenly is attracted to the home of Colleen Sanders, who is in the process of running away from her husband and children. As she drives away, she is attacked by the Scavenger, who kisses her. The Man-Thing stops the man, and the two engage in a battle. When the Scavenger cannot defeat the muck-monster he flees to find easier prey. When the neighbors come out and see the Man-Thing at the now-near mindless Colleen, they attack the bog-creature, as he flees the scene as well.

Meanwhile, back at the motel, Richard has found that the Man-Thing is missing and begins to worry about the muck-monster. He also learns that Carol is really under the age of seventeen and as a result is technically guilty of kidnapping. As the Scavenger finds new prey -- a woman working at a donut shop -- he succeeds in getting all he needed from her: with a simple embrace he not only absorbs her memories but her entire being. When the Man-Thing returns to the motel, his appearance frightens the patrons and the owner of the establishment, and Richard and Carol come to calm them down.

Suddenly the Scavenger bursts in to get revenge on the Man-Thing, in his insane frenzy he shows all present that he's cursed with a perfect face. During his fight with the Man-Thing, he gives into fear, and the Man-Thing's touch burns his face. To which the Scavenger mutters a word of thanks.

This story is continued next issue....

Appearing in "The Nightmare Box"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing #20.

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  • motel guests
  • Wilbur Unger, motel desk clerk
  • Paul Jennings, a painter
  • Sage, a model
  • agent of Dakimh stealing the Nightmare Box

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Synopsis for "The Nightmare Box"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing #20.

Continued from last issue... Having been horribly scarred by the Man-Thing, the Scavenger thanks him for doing so. However, when he tests to see if the curse on himself has been listed (by briefly kissing Carol) he finds that it hasn't worked, and so the Scavenger flees to resume his quest for pleasure. The motel owner then kicks Richard and Carol out of the motel because he doesn't want the Man-Thing on his property.

As they are leaving the area, they get into a car crash with a demon which was trying to deliver a Nightmare Box to points unknown. Although Richard and Carol have only suffered superficial injuries, they are rescued from the wreck by the Man-Thing. Richard collects the Nightmare Box from the demon before it's own car explodes. When the police arrive, Richard decides to face the music and turn himself over to the police for "kidnapping" Carol Selby. However, before doing so he gives the Man-Thing the Box. The Man-Thing then departs leaving Richard and Carol to their fates.

Elsewhere painter Paul Jennings has finished a new painting of the Man-Thing for the local newspaper. When he can't figure out what color are the eyes of the editor of the newspaper -- Danielle Nicolle --, he stumbles upon her while she is filling another Nightmare Box with energy from her eyes. When she throws Jennings out of her office, he is suddenly injured when a water main exploded.

As the Man-Thing shambles through Atlanta with the Nightmare Box in hand, he is followed by demons. The creatures try to convince the Man-Thing to turn over the box by disguising themselves as friends of the bog-monster. However, when the Man-Thing refuses, they take on the forms of various super-heroes and intend on taking it by force. The box is knocked out of the Man-Thing's hands, but it is picked up by a mysterious stranger who flees the scene. When the demons chase after the mysterious thief, it causes chaos in the streets.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "A Lunatic on Every Corner!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing #21.

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Synopsis for "A Lunatic on Every Corner!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing #21.

Continued from last issue... As demons of Thog run wild in Atlanta, the police try to stop them and the Man-Thing, whom they think are in the same league. The Man-Thing escapes by grabbing onto a police helicopter and crashing outside the home of the Duhls. Roland Duhl is an accountant who is also a pawn of Thog, his wife Elsbeth walks out on him and is captured by the Scavenger. He takes her to his hideout where he explains his life story before killing her in same way he kills all his victims.

Meanwhile, the Man-Thing is attacked by Klonus and Mortak, who had been freed from the mystical cocoons they've been trapped in and returned to Earth. Klonus blasts Man-Thing through the head, which causes a black ichor which kept Ted Sallis' mind nullified to ooze out. Swarmed with the return of his conscious mind and all the memories along with it, the Man-Thing is easily downed by the two warriors from Katharta. With the Man-Thing subdued, Thog appears to begin the final phase in his plot to take over the universe.

This story is concluded next issue....

Appearing in "Pop Goes the Cosmos!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing #22.

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Synopsis for "Pop Goes the Cosmos!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing #22.

Continued from last issue... Marvel Comics writer Steve Gerber is writing a letter of admission and an explanation that he will no longer be writing the Man-Thing comic book. He explains that in 1972 he was visited by Dakimh the mystic who had chose him to write stories based on the real life exploits of the Man-Thing, and that all the Man-Thing stories were all told to Gerber by Dakimh. He also explains Thog's current plot and how he managed to escape his last imprisonment:
When Dakimh was physically killed by Klonus it causes an eclipse in the realm of the God-Dogs, which allowed Thog to escape his imprisonment. He then plotted to take over the universe by building a tower out of Nightmare Boxes which would be filled with emotional energies collected by his pawns Daniel and Robert Nicole.

Gerber then goes on to explain that the Nightmare Box which was stolen from Atlanta was delivered to his home in New York by a mysterious man.

Shortly after, he is attacked by demons under the rule of Thog, who succeed in collecting the box and suck Gerber into it. He finds himself in another dimension and soon finds the Man-Thing.

The two work together to topple Thog's tower which causes the universe to condense into one moment. There the Man-Thing battles Thog one more time, eventually Thog gives into his fear and is incinerated by the Man-Thing's touch. Dakimh then uses his magical powers to restore the universe to its natural order.

Gerber finishes his letter to his editor by telling him that after he was returned to his apartment in New York where he was thanked by Dakimh for his assistance before he and the Man-Thing departed.

Appearing in "Regeneration -- and Rebirth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #1.

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  • false C.I.A. agents
    • Ned
    • Deputy Director Smathers
    • Jimmy

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  • Humans (Main story and flashback)

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Synopsis for "Regeneration -- and Rebirth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #1.

Dr. Oheimer, a scientist who has developed a serum which will boost the intelligence of living creatures, is kidnapped by what appears to be the US Military. These officials tell him that they have pretended to capture him so that they may have him use the serum on the Man-Thing, formally known as the scientist known as Ted Sallis, in the hopes of restoring his memories so that he can reveal the secrets of the super-soldier serum that he was working on.

Oheimer agrees to help out, unaware that these are really foreign spies hoping to gain that knowledge for their own country. They construct a device which allows them to capture the Man-Thing from his swamp in Florida. Oheimer's treatment begins to work, slowly restoring his mind. When the real US Military learn of Oheimer's whereabouts, they plan a strike to save him.

During the firefight, Oheimer is killed in the crossfire, and those soldiers who are not killed in battle by their own bullets, burn at the Man-Things touch. As the base burns down, Man-Thing takes Oheimer's dead body back out into the swamp.

Appearing in "Himalayan Nightmare!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #2.

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  • Russell Simpson (dies)
  • Elaine Simpson (Russell's wife)

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  • Roger Grafton

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  • Frederick
  • Dr. Schectman
  • Sherpas

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Synopsis for "Himalayan Nightmare!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #2.

The Man-Thing wanders the swamp one day when he happens upon two scientists about to test out a new teleportation ray. When they spot the quag-beast, they shoot it with the device, which transports the Man-Thing to the Himalayan mountains, where the muck-monster fights off a horde of wolves.

Meanwhile three explorers, Russell, his wife Elaine and his associate Roger (Who is trying to make advances on Elaine) continue their search for the abominable snowman, even after their Sherpa Guides refuse to go any further. When Russell falls down a cliff, Roger assumes him dead and convinces Elaine to go with him back to the mainland, figuring they'll never find the abominable snowman.

Russell survived his fall however, and is attacked by a mountain bear, but is saved by the Man-Thing which he burns to death in his hands. Believing that the Man-Thing is the abominable snowman, he convinces the quag-beast to follow him and find the others. However, when Roger is kicked out of the tent when he tries to make an advancement on Eline, he sees Roger first and shoots him in cold blood.

When the Man-Thing is seen by Elaine, Roger convinces her that the monster killed her and as they try to flee she twists her ankle. He leaves her to die just as his gunshots cause an avalanche. The Man-Thing, attracted by Elaine's fear, pounces on her just as the avalanche hits.

This story is continued next issue....

Appearing in "The Gong of Doom!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #3.

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Synopsis for "The Gong of Doom!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #3.

Continued from last issue... Elaine and Man-Thing are buried in an avalanche, leaving her late-husband's crooked partner to think that he can at least cash in on the Man-Thing's dead body (which he mistakenly believes to be the abominable snowman.) Elaine and the Quag-Beast are rescued by hirsute primitives that are the source of the snowmen legend. Taken to the leader, a Norwegian explorer named Hiram Swenson. Swenson tells them that he discovered the tribe and decided to make it his mission to protect this tribe's culture from the outside world, and as such insured that it doesn't get discovered.

Swenson decides that the Man-Thing and Elaine are a threat to the civilization and so they are taken prisoner. One of the elders of the tribe believes that the Man-Thing is their mammoth god and worships it, however this belief does not save them from their intended fate: to be burned at the stake.

The Man-Thing manages to get free and at that time Roger arrives with an expedition team and they start shooting at the tribespeople, killing Swenson in the process. They try to cage the Man-Thing but he oozes free and burns Roger's face. Just then, the elder arrives with the tribe's "gong of doom" and uses it to cause an avalanche. As the remaining explorers make an escape in their plane, the Man-Thing grabs Elaine, and grabs hold of the plane. Although they escape the avalanche, their added weight on the aircraft threatens to make it crash.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Death-Knell"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #4.

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Synopsis for "Death-Knell"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #4.

Continued from last issue... As the Man-Thing and Elaine grab hold of an airplane over the Himalayan mountains, the cold weather finally takes it's toll on the muck monster when his hand snaps off and the two plummet seemingly to their deaths.

While in Paris, Dr. Strange finishes his battle with Azrael, formerly his colleague Lord Julian Phyffe, who has sided with Baron Mordo in opening the Chaos Gates. Although Azrael manages to age Dr. Strange to the vitality of an old man, the Sorcerer Supreme manages to defeat Azrael who is banished from Earth.

Revitalizing himself, Strange leaves with his colleague Madeleine De St. Germaine, and their travels take them to Citrusville, Florida. There Dr. Strange investigates a series of disappearances, and believes they have to do with the sacrifices Baron Mordo would have to complete to open the Chaos gates.

They meet with Sheriff Daltry, who sends them off with the young boy Jaxon to meet with Jennifer Kale, whom Strange knows is a mystic in the area. When arriving near the Kale home, they are warned to get away by Elaine, when suddenly they are attacked by the Man-Thing. Mordo watches on as the Man-Thing and Dr. Strange fight. Strange is perplexed that the muck-monster appears to be fighting with some form of intelligence, and his magical attacks have limited effect on the muck monster due to the nature of it's powers. The creature gets the upper hand and pins Strange under water where he seemingly drowns.

This story is continued in Dr. Strange Vol. 2 #41....

Appearing in "Who Knows Fear"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #5.

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  • drug smugglers

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  • Dr. Bannister and wife (Barbie's parents, both die, flashback)
  • Dr. Sharon Cole (Citrusville town doctor)

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Synopsis for "Who Knows Fear"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #5.

Barbie Bannister was the typical spoiled rich girl that got everything she wanted regardless of the repercussions. While out on a boat trip with her family, she convinces them to let Ian McGuire on board their ship. He appears to be a straight laced young lad, but it later is revealed that he is a pirate, and his men board the ship and murder Barbie's family and have their way with her before deciding they they are going to kill her as well.

Not wishing to die, Barbie manages to escape, but she finds herself in the swamps outside of Citrusville and her fear brings about the Man-Thing. On top of being chased by the quag-beast, she is also hunted by Ian and his men.

While Barbie manages to escape to the road where she is picked up by Sheriff John Daltry, Ian's men are killed by the Man-Thing. Ian however follows Barbie to Daltry's home, and while Daltry is out looking for Ian, he tries to silence her once and for all. However, she gets over her fear, and beats Ian senseless, and calls the police for help.

Appearing in "Fraternity Rites!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #6.

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Synopsis for "Fraternity Rites!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #6.

When the Cyprus County Sheriff's office is vandalized, John Daltry is determined to find out who's responsible. Those people are part of a exclusive Georga College Fraternity led by the rich J. Elliot Osborune. This, plus their intent of destroying the Man-Thing before the sheriff's eyes are all part of their fraternities activities.

They get the drop on Daltry, and cuff him and begin their hunt for the Man-Thing, with chemicals that Daltry knows from his days fighting in Viet Nam: They are so potent that they can contaminate the entire Everglades, and that they are highly combustible.

When the Man-Thing attacks them, Allen is caught in their car wreck and is killed when their jeep explodes. Then using Daltry, Regina and William as a means to lure the Man-Thing into their range. Daltry tries to stop Osbourne from using the chemicals on the Man-Thing.

Osbourne never gets the chance though, because the Man-Thing grabs him, and as the boy begins to give in to his fear, the igniting flames catch the chemicals in the container he's holding which causes an explosion. While Osbourne is killed, the Man-Thing remains unscathed due to his connection to the swamps.

Appearing in "What Ever Happened to Captain Fate?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #7.

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  • Serpent's Crown

Synopsis for "What Ever Happened to Captain Fate?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #7.

Captain Fate and the crew of the Serpent's Crown are back. When they rob a commercial airliner of it's cargo and women, the plane ends up crashing in the swamps of Citrusville. There as the Man-Thing watches the ordeal, John Daltry and Barbie Bannister are made privy to the contents of the in flight recorder. They also find that Captain Fate's Magus Sword was left behind in the attack, and they take it into their possession while they go to the Citrusville library to learn of it's origins.

There they are attacked by Fate's men, who have come to collect the sword, which they realize is the only thing that can kill the pirates. The more John uses the sword, the more he feels connected to it. Although they manage to escape the library, they are chased by Fate's ship and eventually they and the Man-Thing are taken prisoner and escape into the sky.

This story is continued next issue....

Appearing in "Red Sails, Burning!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #8.

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  • North Atlantic
  • US Navy Base at Shark Bay

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  • Serpent's Crown
  • Athena (British frigate)
  • Marietta (freighter, flashback)
  • USS Mercy (hospital ship)

Synopsis for "Red Sails, Burning!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #8.

Continued from last issue.... Captain Fate has Sheriff Daltry and Barbie Bannister as prisoners. He and his crew force them to watch a kidnapped airline stewardess who has been resisting the advances of Fate and his men. The girl's fear riles up the Man-Thing who attacks her in the lower holds of the ship. When Daltry demands a man-to-man fight with Fate, Fate has him thrown down with the Man-Thing as well, and takes Barbie away to have her prepared to be his woman.

While at the Bermuda Triangle, Khordes and Maura Spinner's castle raises from the water and they create a magical ship of their own to go after Fate and his crew of the Serpent's Crown. And back aboard the Serpent's Crown, John and Barbie manage to escape when they trick one of pirates close enough to the bars for John to grab him. When the pirate begins to feel fear, it makes the Man-Thing smash through their bars.

As John prepares to attack Fate, he sends Barbie to keep Fate distracted while he formulates a plan. However, before they can do anymore, Khordes and Maura's ship arrives and bombards the Serpent's Crown with cannon balls.

Man-Thing joins John, Barbie, Khordes and Maura Spinner in their attack on Fate and his crew. During the fight, John reclaims the Magus Sword, Khordes banishes the pirates, and the Man-Thing kills Fate. However, as they leave the ship, John finds that he is trapped on board by some mystic barrier. As they see the Magus Sword and John's fists glowing, the others can only watch in horror as the Serpent's Crown suddenly lifts off and flies away with John still on board, seemingly taking Captain Fate's place.

Appearing in "The Echo of Pain!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #9.

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Synopsis for "The Echo of Pain!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #9.

David and Elizabeth Connelly are newly wed in spite of their parent's differences about their getting married, and the fact that Elizabeth is pregnant with David's baby. Driving away to start a new life, David's car breaks down. They take shelter in an abandoned shack just to the edge of the Everglades swamps. When they drink water from the water pump inside, they are unaware that the water is poisonous due to stagnation. Elizabeth gives birth to their child, however the couple soon dies from drinking the contaminated water.

The baby's cries of fear (it also has been exposed to the water) draws the Man-Thing, who instead of destroying the baby picks it up and carries it along into the swamp. Meanwhile, David's father, and Elizabeth's parents decide to put their differences aside and go and look for their children. They come across their dead bodies and notice that Elizabeth had given birth to her baby but it's missing.

Searching for the baby in the swamp, they find it and the Man-Thing. Elizabeth's parents immediately assume that the mire-monster is going to harm the baby. When they attack the Man-Thing, it reacts in kind and kills them when they give into fear. David's father calmly takes the baby from the Man-Thing, to raise it as his own. Unknown to anyone, the baby is cured of the contaminated water from it's exposure to the Man-Thing. Without the baby or the man as emotional stimulus, the Man-Thing returns to the swamp.

Appearing in "Came the Dark Man Walkin', Walkin'..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #10.

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Synopsis for "Came the Dark Man Walkin', Walkin'..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #10.

John Kowalski is hitchhiking through Citrusville and his unique nature and presence draws out the Man-Thing. They happen across Andrew Kale who has just gotten into a jam with Barnaby Stone and his bike gang for making a "move" on his girl. John interrupts them and saves Andrew from a beating, and the bike gang flees when the Man-Thing arrives.

Andrew takes Man-Thing and John back to their home. There Jennifer Kale is trying to use her magical powers on behalf of Barbie Bannister to free John Daltry from the curse of the Magus Blade. This attempt fails, and when Jennifer tries to call Dr. Strange for extra assistance, Wong informs her that, unfortunately, the doctor is away on business.

Barnaby Stone and his gang arrive to get revenge against Andrew and attacks the Kales. The Man-Thing is unable to do anything because the bog-monster is set ablaze from Molotov Cocktails. While the bog-monster fights off the other bikers, Andrew and Barnaby go one on one. However, Barnaby is a dirty fighter and wings Andrew with a gun shot to the arm. John gets involved and uses his powers to kill Barnaby. Afterwords, John offers to help Barbie to free John, however in order to do so she has to become what he is, that being Death.

This story is concluded next issue...

Appearing in "Hell's Gate!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #11.

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Synopsis for "Hell's Gate!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Man-Thing Vol 2 #11.

Continued from last issue... Marvel Comics staffers Jim Shooter, Louise Jones, and Danny Fingeroth are trying to track down Man-Thing writer Chris Claremont. They find him in a New York bar, where he tells them that he intends to quit working on the Man-Thing book and explains why:
One night while going home, he happened on Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, going inside the building that is supposed to be hidden by magic he finds that Dr. Strange and Clea have been killed, and he too is killed by their murderer: John Daltry.

While in Florida, John Kowalski changes Barbie Bannister into a personification of Death just like him. After showing her how her powers work, he transports themselves and the Man-Thing to the realm of Sominus. There they fight into the castle where they find that Thog is the force behind John's curse and that he had sent John to slay Earth magicians who would stand in his way of taking over the cosmos.

Subduing Barbie, Thog also changes Man-Thing back into Ted Sallis (As a side effect of this spell Claremont is transformed into the Man-Thing) Freeing Barbie, the Claremont-Man-Thing then turns it's power on Thog and destroys him once more. With everyone free Dr. Strange reverses the spell Thog cast changing Claremont back to normal and once more changing Sallis into the Man-Thing once more. Everyone is then transported back to Florida and part ways.

Finishing his story, Claremont explains this is why he cannot write Man-Thing anymore, a decision that Shooter agrees with. When they leave the bar, the bartender is revealed to be Dakimh, who has been directing Claremont's writing as he did Steve Gerber's in the past.

Appearing in "Chapter I The Blood of Kings! / Chapter II The Land Between Night and Day! / Chapter III Fates and Fables! / Interlude: Meanwhile, Back in Katharta..! / Chapter IV This World and Next...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Giant-Size Man-Thing #3.

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  • Korrek's father (Only in flashback) (Only appearance; dies)[1]
  • Ipsis (Only appearance; dies)[1] (Only in flashback)
  • Talita (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
  • Giant (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
  • Living idol of Sibarthu, the Hunter of the Heavens (First appearance)
  • Maftra (Invoked)

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Synopsis for "Chapter I The Blood of Kings! / Chapter II The Land Between Night and Day! / Chapter III Fates and Fables! / Interlude: Meanwhile, Back in Katharta..! / Chapter IV This World and Next...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Giant-Size Man-Thing #3.

When the forces of the evil wizard Klonus have taken over Korrek's home realm of Katharta, Dakimh and Jennifer Kale dispatch the Man-Thing to that realm to rescue Korrek from execution at Klonus' devices. Transporting both Korrek and Man-Thing to the Realm Between Night and Day, Korrek explains to Dakimh and Kale that upon returning home during their last adventure together, his realm was under an invasion of Klonus and the royal family (his parents) were killed effectively making Korrek ruler of Katharta.

After considering how inhospitable Katharta is, Dakimh believes that the evil wizard Klonus wants control of the realm because of its mystical significance in the Nexus of All Realities. All parties agree to go back to Katharta to liberate it from the rule of Klonus. Before they depart, Dakimh warns that one of them is fated to perish in battle. During their fight against Klonus and his henchman Mortak, they are transported back to Earth, where their battle resumes in Citrusville.

The fight ends with Dakimh being struck down by a spell cast by Klonus, Jennifer then uses her powers to entrap Mortak and Klonus in mystical cocoons and they are banished into space. Before Dakimh dies, he tells everyone gathered that he knew all along that he was the one fated to die, but kept it to himself to ensure that the others would fight to their fullest ability. Afterward, the Man-Thing returns to the swamp leaving Korrek and Jennifer to deal with Dakimh's body.

Appearing in "The Kid's Night Out!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Giant-Size Man-Thing #4.

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Synopsis for "The Kid's Night Out!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Giant-Size Man-Thing #4.

The Man-Thing finds himself drawn to the emotions that are coming from a funeral being held for Edmond Winshed. Attending the funeral is his parents, uncle, aunt, grandmother, gym teacher, and classmates. However when Alice Rimes (Edmond's classmate and only friend) interrupts the eulogy to call them all on how horribly the treated Edmond, she is violently removed by Edmond's uncle. However she is saved by the Man-Thing which is drawn by the violent emotions and burns Edmond's uncle and Alice manages to escape.

The next day, Alice takes an essay written by the late Edmond to have it published in the schools newspaper. The essay inside is Edmond's life story where he talks about how he was always treated poorly because of his weight and how his gym teacher ultimately caused his death by pushing him to hard and literally making Edmond run to death.

Believing that it's all lies perpetuated by Alice, the gym teacher calls in the Windshed clan to confront her. As they are about to burn Edmond's memoirs, the Man-Thing arrives and attacks them all. Each victim gives into their fears and is burned and killed in a fitting epitaph to their behavior to Edmond. After the attacks end, the Man-Thing walks off again into the swamp.

This story is continued in Man-Thing #17...

Appearing in "Fear Times Three!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Giant-Size Man-Thing #5.

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Synopsis for "Fear Times Three!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Giant-Size Man-Thing #5.

The Recent Past:
Ted Sallis and Ellen Brandt attend a carnival in Citrusville. They stop at Madame Swabada's fortune telling kiosk, and the old woman agrees to read their palms. She receives disturbing psychic impressions from Ted Sallis and tells him three horrifying tales of his ultimate future fate.

Appearing in "The Measure of a Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Team-Up #68.

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Synopsis for "The Measure of a Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Team-Up #68.

When Peter Parker takes Mary Jane out on a date to a local circus, the two find that the Man-Thing is one of the exhibits on display in the circus. When Parker tries to use his press credentials to inquire about the bog-monster, the owner of the circus kicks him and Mary Jane out. Feeling sorry for the Man-Thing, Peter returns as Spider-Man and breaks Man-Thing free with the help of the circus' security guard, who is a big Spider-Man fan.

With the help of Curt Connors' pilot Nina, Spider-Man arranges to travel back to Florida to return the Man-Thing to his swamp. Along the way, the plane experiences an explosion and crashes. Only the quick thinking of Spider-Man saves them from permanent damage. Leaving Nina and her co-pilot behind to get help, he follows the Man-Thing, hoping the revitalized bog monster will bring him to civilization.

Instead, Spider-Man finds a strange cabin where Dakimh and Jennifer Kale have been tied up. This is really a disguised spire erected by the demon named D'Spayre, who hopes to plunge the universe into a state of deep despair. When the Man-Thing cannot help but burst into flames due to its fear of D'Spayre, Peter tries to fight off the demon but succumbs to its attacks, which cause him to become a sobbing coward.

Eventually, Spider-Man gets over his fear, and in a fit of rage beats D'Spayre into unconsciousness until he is stopped by Kale and Dakimh. The two mystics destroy D'Spayre's tower and return to their mystical realm with D'Spayre. With the memories fleeting in his mind, Spider-Man wonders if the whole experience was only a dream or if it really happened.

Appearing in "The Way the World Winds Down"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #43.

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Synopsis for "The Way the World Winds Down"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #43.

Having tracked down the Cult of Entropy to recover the Cosmic Cube, Ben Grimm and Captain America arrive to find that the Cult has used it to bring to life their God: Jude the Entropic Man. The Cult's leader, Victorious, explains how he came to become a member of the Cult and how they used the Cosmic Cube to turn the remains of their dead leader, Yagzan, into Jude to bring about their ideal of universal entropy.

When Ben and Cap try to take back the Cosmic Cube, it leads to them battling Victorius one-on-one, as Jude watches waiting to judge on humanity's fate. However, Jude isn't the only one watching, as the battle has also attracted the attention of the Man-Thing. As the struggle continues, the Man-Thing takes hold of the Cosmic Cube. When Victorious asks Jude to end the battle, the Entropic Man tries to convince Captain America to give into Entropy.

Cap almost does give in, however, the Thing stops him and enters into Jude himself, instead of being killed Ben finds that has been restored to his human form. When Jude begins to believe that mankind is not ready to receive his gift of entropy decides to leave, but to take Victorious with him. As Victorious grapples with the Man-Thing to get hold of the Cosmic Cube, Jude touches Victorious. There is a flash of light, and Jude and Victorious have been transformed into a crystal structure.

Recovering the Cosmic Cube, Ben and Captain America return to Project Pegasus. The Man-Thing however, reconstitutes himself and approaches the crystal. The muck-monster begins to change into human form as it gets closer to the crystal and decides to shamble away.

Appearing in "Weep for the Soul of Man..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Doctor Strange Vol 2 #41.

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Synopsis for "Weep for the Soul of Man..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Doctor Strange Vol 2 #41.

Story continued from Man-Thing Vol. 2 #4.... Having almost been drowned in the swamps of Citrusville, Dr. Strange is visited by Death, disguised as Clea. However, Strange manages to see through the ruse and escape, and return to the land of the living.

Meanwhile, Baron Mordo is about to prepare the sacrifice of the 12 individuals needed to open the chaos gates -- two of which are powerful sorcerers. Mordo informs Jennifer Kale that Man-Thing -- Mordo using his magic to free the mind of Ted Sallis -- agreed to aid Mordo for a chance to be changed back to normal and be given a new life in another reality.

Dr. Strange arrives just as Mordo initiates the spell, and the two are pulled into another dimension where they fight. Meanwhile, demonic hands come through the chaos gates, and begin taking the lives of the intended sacrifices. Before Jennifer is killed she appeals to Ted Sallis, convincing him that Mordo intends to betray him.

Convinced, the Man-Thing slams the chaos gates closed, casing them to shatter, and reverse the spell. Everyone is restored to life, Mordo is lost in the ensuing mystical vortex, and Dr. Strange saves the Man-Thing from being sucked into the vortex as well. When Strange tries to use his magical powers to change Man-Thing back into his human form, Strange finds that the creatures unique nature (being spawned both of science and magic) makes it impossible for him to do so. The Man-Thing, having reverted to his original state-of-mind, wanders back into the swamp.

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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