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I’M IN FLORIDA WITH CASEY ANTONY AND MAN-THING

YUP, HURRICANE SANDY HAS STEPPED ON MY TRAVEL TO SUCH A DEGREE THAT I’M LEFT IN MIAMI UNABLE TO GET HOME FOR ANOTHER COUPLE DAYS. THAT SUCKS BUT HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS: MAN-THING. I LOVE MAN-THING AND I’M EXCITED TO BE DOWN HERE CHILLIN WITH MY DUDE. I’M ENTERING THE EVERGLADES TOMORROW IN THE HOPE OF FINDING THE NEXUS OF ALL REALITIES. WISH ME LUCK.

ALSO, BUY THIS LOT OF MAN-THING COMICS OR BE A POSER FOREVER. MAN-THING 4 LYF.

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Jim Starlin Knows Monsters

I like to provide proper auctions rather than Buy It Now listings, but this one includes a Make Offer option so we’ll say it’s all good.

It’s a Jim Starlin print that features a number of deformed monsters in a pig-pile. Starlin is obviously one of the greatest of all time, but the appreciation for his work seems to have diminished over the past few years. Mostly because people are morons. Take advantage of that decline and lowball this seller.

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Time To Man Up and Get Buying

Sometimes I like to show you the most overpriced items in the online auction world, but this week I’ve tried to underline the affordable. Here we have another great piece for your wall, featuring my man, Man-Thing. I love this gross green mf’er. Sure, these aren’t original pencils by Mike Ploog, but this is the most affordable approximation you’re likely to find. This is production material and not worth a terrible amount, but maybe you should just get real and recognize that this work would look cool as hell even as a 12th generation photocopy. Plus you can break this bad boy down into its component parts and frame each one. Basically, that’s cool as hell.

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John Knows Man-Thing

Let’s take a second and step away from Man-Thing team-ups (great idea for a new title. Marvel, take note.) and take a gander at this beautiful piece of Man-Thing related work. You didn’t think I was jumping off Man-Thing’s jock, did you? This is all Man-Thing, all week.

This is a John Buscema and Tom Sutton page from Man-Thing issue thirteen. I can’t tell if this is poorly scanned or if I have vision problems, but I recognize the awesome nature of the art regardless. When I compare John Buscema to someone with a really modern style, say a Joe Mad for example, I can understand how a little kid could find John passe. But only a little kid. Once you’ve been reading comics for awhile, you start to recognize just how superhumanly solid this dude was on thousands of pages. Here, in a page featuring Man-Thing fighting pirates across the expanse of space-time as he travels through the Nexus of All Realities (if I’m remembering this issue correctly) we have more attention given to the grain of the wood on the ship than many modern day artists would assign to their entire book (though we can probably thank Tom Sutton for that… whatever let’s just say both dudes were A-gamers.). And Man-Thing! Let’s talk about this Man-Thing. It’s the more slender version of Thang with some great moss/swamp-grass giving him definition. A great rendition. This is a definite Christmas gift to myself contender.

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Man-Thing Has Many Friends

Man-Thing is a man about town. He likes to dip in on other heros and say what’s up. Over the next couple days I’m going to explore a nice smattering of Man-Thing cameos. I should preface this by saying most of the appearances my man makes are of the truly pointless variety. Often someone will stumble into his swamp, either through the Nexus of All Realities which sits in the center of it, or just by happenstance. They interact with Man-Thing, believing him to be bad, find out he’s good or indifferent, then move on.

A Man-Thing villain was the impetus for this pairing (I think). Stiff-ass Cyclops can never hope to understand a sensitive creature like Man-Thing.

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Men-Thangs

Man-Thing is going to get a lot of play from me this week. I’ll be posting Man-Thing comic appearances, original art, clothing (?) and toys.

To start, let’s explore the many shapes of the Man-Thing. They say Batman is the book where artists express themselves, because the character has no defined look. Sometimes his ears are big, other times small. Sometimes his suit looks black and gray, sometimes it looks black and black. Bruce Wayne is James Bond; sometimes he’s Timothy Dalton and other times Daniel Craig. The flexibility this amorphous non-character allows is an artist’s wet dream. Color outside the lines, homie! Have fun. But Man-Thing takes that same idea and ramps it up a few notches to include all sorts of icky swamp shit. Is Man-Thing a mushy pile of turd? Or is he a hulking behemoth? Is he a hulking turd? Your call, dog! Make that muck monster sing!

Here we’ve got Man-Thing looking like an overweight drag-queen. I’m somewhat supportive of it.

And here looking like he plays defensive tackle for the Bears.

And here looking fit as hell. Dude looks like an Abercrombie model.

And probably my favorite, Man-Thing as a college football mascot.

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TGIMT

Thank God It’s Man-Thing! Right? I mean, you worked hard all week- you deserve a little Man-Thing for your efforts! Man-Thing is such a “take it easy, open the cooler and just enjoy the afternoon on this pontoon boat” sort of dude Friday is naturally HIS day.

Here’s some art from Man-Thing #1 (vol.2) by Jim Mooney and Bob Wiacek. They lasted three issues before there was a creative overhaul and these issues aren’t remembered all that fondly. But that seems to have to more to do with Michael Fleisher’s writing direction than the art team (Mooney had worked on Vol.1 without fan complaint) . Regardless, even the dark points of Man-Thing’s history are worth framing. Mike Fleisher, by the way, now an anthropologist working in Africa. Mooney passed on to the swamplands in the sky and Wiacek is still doing his thing. Man-Thing? Still rules.

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John Byrne + Man-Thing + Captain America

Excelsior.

From the same seller with the JR JR Iron Man piece below, this sketch was just too good NOT to post.

Getting a little bit more attention, but deserving. What a collection of characters. I mean, it’s not everyday you get the chance to own a piece of original art featuring VICTORIUS.

I love how pathetic the Thing looks in the sketch – like a giant crying rock baby. Make sure to read the word bubble in the actual cover below, priceless.

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