Horror Comic Book ‘Man-Thing’ Will Be Brought To Life By Author R.L. Stine

Known to many as the “Stephen King of children’s literature,” R.L. Stine has been a staple figure in the horror literary world. His first horror novel, Blind Date, came out in 1986. He followed with many other novels. He was also the co-creator and head writer for the Nickelodeon Network children’s television show Eureeka’s Castle. But it was in 1992 when Stine launched the book series Goosebumps. With its overwhelming success, a TV Series by the same name,  then followed in 1995.

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Debuting in 1971, Savage Tales No.1 introduced us to ‘Man-Thing’. A story centering around Ted Sallis. The character is a scientist who attempts to recreate the “Super Serum” that created Captain America. But that attempt goes very wrong. As a result, Sallis mutates into a amnesiac plant whose touch burns those feeling fear.

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Though he is a relatively obscure character, Man-Thing plays a pivotal role in the careers of two far more popular Marvel characters; Barbara Morse — who would go on to become Mockingbird, as seen in ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD TV series — was originally created as a Man-Thing supporting character, as was Howard the Duck, who would go on to far greater success (and a run for President of the United States) in the years immediately following his introduction.

The five-issue Man-Thing series won’t just feature Stine’s take on the long-lasting horror character; the Goosebumps creator will also write a second story for each issue. Also to be illustrated by a different artist each month, starting with the first issue’s Daniel Warren Johnson. Per The Hollywood Reporter

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Fun Fact, Lionsgate produced a direct-to-DVD movie based on Man-Thing. Not an award-winning film by no means, but a fun watch. And thankfully Stine told the Times Man-Thing will NOT be mute. He will not only be able to speak, but “he’s very sarcastic.” He also went on to say “I’m going to do a lot of action and a lot of great violence and make it creepy, but I’m going to make it funny at the same time,” he said. “It’s what I try to do in my books.”

So, when can we expect all of this horror literary gold and goodness? Release is slated for March 2017. And we can’t wait.

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