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1500: Adventure into Fear #16

" Cry of the Native! "
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Adventure into Fear #16
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Frank Brunner
Writers: Steve Gerber
Pencilers: Val Mayerik
Inkers: Sal Trapani
Colourists: Petra Scotese (Goldberg)
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: September 1973
Release Date: June 1973
Story Arc: -
Pages: 19
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 263                 Times Rated: 175
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
When the swamp is threatened by a new construction project, Man-Thing and other natives must stand up to the ruthless machinations of the land developer.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Man-Thing last appeared in Adventure into Fear #15. Man-Thing next appears in Adventure into Fear #17.
Supporting Characters
  Jennifer Kale
Jennifer Kale last appeared in Adventure into Fear #15. Jennifer Kale next appears in Adventure into Fear #17.
  Joshua Kale
Joshua Kale last appeared in Adventure into Fear #15. Joshua Kale next appears in Adventure into Fear #17.
  Andrew Kale
Andrew Kale last appeared in Adventure into Fear #15. Andrew Kale next appears in Adventure into Fear #17.
  Black Eagle
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Black Eagle in the mainstream continuity.
  Warren B. Thompson
Warren B. Thompson last appeared in Adventure into Fear #10.
  Margaret Thompson
Margaret Thompson last appeared in Adventure into Fear #10.
Brainard last appeared in Adventure into Fear #14.
  F. A. Schist
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by F. A. Schist in the mainstream continuity. F. A. Schist next appears in Man-Thing #2 (v1).
  Jake Simpson
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Jake Simpson in the mainstream continuity. Dies in this issue.
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Issue Review
   March 30, 2016
The plot is nothing special (as it's been done many times) but Steve Gerber really knows how to tell the story. This is bleak and wonderful. 10/10
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  Kez Says:    
  2012-09-12 16:51:13  
  F.A.Schist... I see what you did there.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-11-06 08:11:36  
  You know, Mr. Gerber, a trip to the New York City Public Library would have provided a host of references to give you some idea of Native Americans of the South East traditional dress, housing, canoe style, etc. I'd say probably a better basis for writing about them than those John Ford Westerns you saw when you are kid.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-10 11:12:44  
  Yeah, Skalchemist, I thought the same thing.  

  Magik_Rune Says:    
  2014-05-19 00:33:10  
  Urg. I think I prefered the magic/fantasy theme from the last couple of issues to that lazy ecolo story.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-02-18 08:54:10  
  It just dawned on me... Troma must have gotten inspiration from Man-Thing for the Toxic Crusader. If you don't know who Toxie is, then you're wrong. Just plain wrong. It's still on Netflix I believe.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-04-07 14:56:40  
  TheAmazingGatorMan or DC's Swamp Thing. They both came out at the same time. But really there was a long line of stories of monsters created through humanity's bad behavior, Godzilla is the first one I can think of that really entered the zeitgeist.
There was altogether too many man nipples in this issue. With the cops and indians and construction workers, I had the Village People playing in my mind...

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2016-04-22 19:37:01  
  I generally like Mayerik's art, but changing Man-Thing's tentacles to an odd red colour doesn't work.  

  Locust75 @ duncanm (original post):    
  2016-07-23 21:21:56  
  TheAmazingGatorMan is as old as the Swamp Thing??!!!


  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-07-23 22:20:21  
  Just 2 stars for what everyone has pretty much already said! Such a missed opportunity of bringing back Brutivac!!!

Cover Me - I do like the look of the Man-Thing on the cover!!

Multi-Cultural - Hmmm...Apache Indians in a Amazon Village worshiping a Cow God in the Everglades...

Rumble - After reading duncanm's comment, when everyone's fighting, I kept waiting for them to break into YMCA!!!

No Prize - That flaming arrow looks more like a frozen arrow...

Slur - I never heard the term "White Eyes" before??

'Nuff Said - "Heck, we ain't villains--just hard-workin' guys tryin' to earn a dollar!"-Macho Man

  metsguy Says:    
  2017-03-26 13:21:37  
  "Place a tomato in the palm of your hand. Squeeze it -- slowly -- until the skin breaks and it bursts... and you will understand what the machine has done to the Man-Thing!"

That's how you lay down the purple prose!

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-04-11 06:34:24  
  I don't know enough about native American cultures to know how racist this was, but I'm going to guess very.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-04-14 12:59:12  
  In this issue: construction workers with the Summertime Blues! "I've been workin' all summer just tryin' to earn a dollar..."

I don't mind the ecological slant of these stories, but this one kinda didn't do anything. I don't even think the emphasis was on the environment as much as it was attempting to further establish the connection that Man-Thing has with the swamp. And Steven Gerber may still be attempting to define the parameters of Ted Sallis's mental involvement in the Man-Thing's behavior.

3 stars. That Schist guy sounds like a real dictator to work for!

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-04-23 15:59:58  
  Now Playing - "Indians" Anthrax  

  Russ @ dadoodoflow (original post):    
  2017-04-24 10:54:46  
  Alternate selection: "Run to the Hills" by Iron Maiden.  

  FurryBeastman Says:    
  2018-01-06 16:36:33  
  Poor story. No twists or turns, you can see the plot and know how each page will develop because it's been done so many times before. The use of American Indians in skimpy warrior clothing was pointless and seemed racially biased. Of course they were equal opportunity offenders, as they had the construction men running around shirtless even when confronting the picketers.

Art was reasonably well done. If you look beyond the excuse of the minimalist clothing, the drawing of various characters in movement was well done. The dialog was ok, at least they didn't have the Native Americans walking up and saying "How", I thought it might happen. Dialog could have been better, but for such a story, it is was it is.

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2018-01-27 08:49:26  
  Page 5: Uh, why isn't this construction guy wearing a shirt? I mean, I guess it's their base camp...
Page 9: Dude, you're at a public event representing your company, why aren't you wearing a shirt?!
Pate 10: Why are none of you wearing shirts?!?!?

  Marksman Says:    
  2018-02-19 21:42:38  
  Man-Thing going Billy Jack on the construction crew.


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   February 7, 2018 TStarnes
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes
   April 23, 2016 fragsel Moved this issue.
   April 22, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for F. A. Schist.
   November 21, 2015 fragsel Added Brainard to the issue.
   November 21, 2015 fragsel Added Margaret Thompson to the issue.
   November 21, 2015 fragsel Added Warren B. Thompson to the issue.
   November 21, 2015 fragsel Added Jake Simpson to the issue.
   November 21, 2015 fragsel Added Black Eagle to the issue.
   June 13, 2013 Xythe Changed comic details.
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