Retro Records: Man-Thing – Power Records (1974)

Take it from me, friends. The 1970s were a different time. One only have to look at this 1974 Man-Thing Power Record offering for proof of that statement. I mean taking the May 1974 issue Man-Thing and adapting it for a kids record label is a bold choice.

Why? Well I would direct you to the image below of a clown contemplating suicide.
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That really is kind of just the tip of the iceberg on the mature subject matters in this particular Power Record. Like when we see the abuse towards Ayla Prentiss, the girlfriend of that sad clown.
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Why did Man-Thing get his own Power Record?


I can tell you the easy answer. Because it is the freaking Man-Thing is why!
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For those of you that might not be in the know, Man-Thing debuted in 1971. In Savage Tales #1, which was an anthology magazine printed in black and white. The character was created by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, with the art chores handled by Gray Morrow.

It was in December of 1973 that after a few attempts the character received a solo title. Appropriately entitled The Man-Thing. Stever Gerber became the writer for the series with artwork provided by Mike Ploog, Val Mayerik, Jim Mooney, and John Buscema. Artwork by Mike Ploog is seen throughout this Power Records presentation.

The character’s backstory is that of Dr. Theodore Sallis, a biochemist attempting to recreate the Super-Soldier Serum. Yes, indeed. The same serum that created the likes of Captain America. Sallis is betrayed by his lover who is working for A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) and tries to flee with the serum. Injecting himself with the serum he crashes his vehicle into the swamp…and thanks to the serum and magical properties of the water rises as the Man-Thing.

A mute plant man now – it can read emotions. Truly feeling the pain of those that are hurting, etc. Fear though…“Whatever knows fear burns at the Man-Thing’s touch!”. A type of acid is secreted when the strange hero encounters ‘fear’ and will horribly burn or destroy whatever it might touch.

So join us on Retro Records as we watch and listen to 1974’s Man-Thing: Night of the Laughing Dead!

[Via] Secret Cavern

The Man-Thing By Doc Shaner!


I know what you are thinking. How could you possibly make an illustration of Man-Thing better? You add salty sea dogs to it and allow Marvel Comics Misunderstood Man of Moss and Muck just wade into them with both clawed fists!

We’ve posted artwork before by the talented Doc Shaner or as he is better known to the comic world, Evan Shaner. So make sure to follow those links to his deviantART page and his official site and look on in awe and amazement at the rest of his artwork!

“Those Who Know Fear…”

I’ve exclaimed my love for Marvel Comics’ tragic hero the Man-Thing once or twice on the site before. A couple of days ago a friend was kind enough to send me this Cosplay pic of the character, sadly I do not know who to give proper credit to for it. Of course…I’m assuming it is indeed Cosplay and not actually the one and true Man-Thing!

Just in case you bump into him out in the street though it’s best for you to remember, “Those who know fear burn at the touch of Man-Thing!”

Swamp Thing (1982)

I’m pretty sure we can all agree that Wes Craven’s 1982 Swamp Thing film adaptation is the best…um, film adaptation of Swamp Thing.

Not only did it have that awesome theatrical poster by Richard Hescox but it had a trailer too…that is very 80s.

My Father and I watched this at the 62 Drive-In back in my youth and I can say that I still enjoy it, sure it’s goofy but it is a fun movie to watch in the early morning. I guess you could say I just have a soft spot of moss in my heart for creatures like Swamp Thing and his Marvel Comics counterpart, the Man-Thing.

A big thanks as always to the IMP Awards for that awesome poster up top. Thanks as well to DIOTD2008 for the original theatrical trailer over on YouTube. That awesome What If? scenario with Swamp Thing and the Man-Thing throwing down comes to us by way of Gav Heryng on deviantART.

The Riddler By Jam-Wah!

Being a big comic fan I can spend hours looking through devianART at the many different artistic takes on some of my favorite comic characters (Like Man-Thing and Rom: The Space Knight) but when I stumble on my favorite Batman villain illustrated in such glory as Jam-Wah has, I feel compelled to share it with all of you.

Doesn’t this feel like it should be on a 1960’s Birthday card or something?