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1793: Man-Thing #2 (v1)

" Nowhere to Go But Down! "
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Man-Thing #2 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Jim Starlin, Frank Giacoia
Writers: Steve Gerber
Pencilers: Val Mayerik
Inkers: Sal Trapani
Colourists: Petra Scotese (Goldberg)
Letterers: Jean Izzo (Jean Simek)
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: February 1974
Release Date: November 1973
Story Arc: -
Pages: 19
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 225                 Times Rated: 157
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
Fate, with a little help from the Man-Thing, brings two lost souls together in the swamp. Meanwhile, Mr. Schist hatches a plan to rid himself of the Man-Thing once and for all.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Man-Thing last appeared in Avengers #118 (v1). Man-Thing next appears in Man-Thing #3 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Richard Rory
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Richard Rory in the mainstream continuity. Richard Rory next appears in Man-Thing #3 (v1).
  F. A. Schist
F. A. Schist last appeared in Adventure into Fear #16. F. A. Schist next appears in Man-Thing #3 (v1).
  Ruth Hart
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Ruth Hart in the mainstream continuity. Ruth Hart next appears in Man-Thing #3 (v1).
  Hargood Wickham
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Hargood Wickham in the mainstream continuity. Hargood Wickham next appears in Man-Thing #3 (v1).
  Hank Paulsen
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Hank Paulsen in the mainstream continuity. Hank Paulsen next appears in Man-Thing #4 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by French in the mainstream continuity. French next appears in Man-Thing #3 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Darby in the mainstream continuity. Darby next appears in Man-Thing #3 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Snake in the mainstream continuity. Dies in this issue.
Group Appearances
This is the first appearance by Skull-Crushers in the mainstream continuity. Skull-Crushers next appears in Man-Thing #3 (v1).
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Issue Review
   August 2, 2013
Another great STORY from Steve Gerber. 9/10
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  thekaiser Says:    
  2012-03-28 16:11:12  
  Seriously? F.A.Schist?? That's just a little bit ridiculous.  

  fragsel Says:    
  2012-06-04 03:04:37  
  Unused names for that character were: I. P. Freely, Hugh Jass & Heywood Jablome...  

  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-07-14 08:30:45  
  I think I prefer these swamp hi-jinks issues to the "space trippin" stories. Prally just my brain being lazy.  

  Calthor Says:    
  2012-11-12 13:24:15  
  No, no, get me back to space trippin', please...  

  Kez Says:    
  2012-11-13 17:57:13  
  I do enjoy these comics quite a lot.  

  Drax Says:    
  2013-07-14 12:04:18  
  I liked how the Man-Thing effected the events without even trying.  

  podgejeff Says:    
  2014-02-17 10:36:12  
  Man-Thing really doesn't go easy on alligators.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-04-14 22:00:55  
  Boo! I take it Man-Thing is not a Gator fan :(  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-06-22 22:06:53  
  Isn't Man-Thing supposed to kind of be the protector of the swamp? I guess he's just got a thing with big reptiles.
Really liked this issue, they seemed to be able to fit a lot of story into a single issue without it feeling too wordy.
The mirror shack of doom, however, was just silly. And is it like the TARDIS? Because I swear from the outside it looks like Man-Thing would never fit in there...or even in the doorway for that matter.

  gumchewspit Says:    
  2016-04-16 02:09:03  
  I like Gerber's tongue-in-cheek approach to this title. A refreshing change from all the other horror titles in the order right now.  

  MattDog37 Says:    
  2016-04-23 17:02:12  
  Richard Roy is pretty muscular for a born loser.  

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-05-24 07:47:42  
  - The Man-Thing just yanked his chain with a hand wet with simmering juices, you all caught that right?

- I love Steve Gerber

- Now Playing "The Power" SNAP!

  Russ Says:    
  2017-07-26 12:56:41  
  Suggested listening for this story: "Richard Cory" by Simon and Garfunkel; the very antithesis for this issue's hero.

I found this one very entertaining. It seemed to be a bit of a throwback to the earlier days of the series in Adventure into Fear. It's always been pretty amusing to see Man-Thing as a spectator to all the events around him, and while I like the way the supernatural blends into these stories, Gerber has done well with these slice-of-life one-shot. I found the various disparate elements of this issue were blended together brilliantly. Richard and Ruth, the bike gang, and Schist's laughable attempt at killing the Man-Thing. Nicely done.

4 stars. Or, maybe Man-Thing just likes to wrestle alligators.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-08-29 01:22:30  
  You know, despite his name, Schist doesn't seem like that bad a guy. He just wants to build his airport. Wickham, on the other hand, has developed the penultimate method of execution. I just don't know why it's penultimate. Was he just too modest to try to claim that he could invent anything that was better than paste?  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2017-10-10 11:23:11  
  3 stars for the Man-Thing getting microwaved!!!

Cover Me - It rubs the swamp water on its skin, or else it gets the chain again!!!

Gator Tail - Yeah, I'm with you guys. What does Man-Thing have against gators? I'm suprised he's not walking around the swamp in gatorskin boots, belt, and matching luggage!!!

Smack Around - Funny scene of the doctor dropping baby Richard Rory!!

Cirque du Soleil - When the biker gang takes off looking for Ruth. It looks like French and his old lady are riding a uni-motorcycle!! (p11,p5)

What's The Frequency, Man-Thing - Intresting that low frequency hurts the Man-Thing. I wonder if it's used against him again in later issues?!

No Prize - Richard Rory was so excited to attack Snake that his hair turned blonde!!!

'Nuff Said - "Gimme back my chain! It's my trademark! It's my power!"-The Late Snake, President of the SKull-Crushers, St. Louis chapter

  Marksman Says:    
  2018-04-14 14:09:28  
  Real Estate developer, F.A. Schist wants to "drain the swamp." I've heard this somewhere before...  

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Man-Thing by Steve Gerber: The Complete Collection, Volume 1
This collection includes Astonishing Tales #12 (v1), Astonishing Tales #13 (v1), Savage Tales #1c (v1), Adventure into Fear #10, Adventure into Fear #11, Adventure into Fear #12, Adventure into Fear #13, Adventure into Fear #14, Adventure into Fear #15, Adventure into Fear #16, Adventure into Fear #17, Adventure into Fear #18, Adventure into Fear #19, Man-Thing #1 (v1), Man-Thing #2 (v1), Man-Thing #3 (v1), Man-Thing #4 (v1), Man-Thing #5 (v1), Man-Thing #6 (v1), Man-Thing #7 (v1), Man-Thing #8 (v1), Monsters Unleashed #5a (v1), Marvel Two-in-One #1
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   April 17, 2018 ViolentPhlegm
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   October 31, 2016 Neskit Changed comic details.
   November 21, 2015 fragsel Added Snake to the issue.
   November 21, 2015 fragsel Added Darby to the issue.
   November 21, 2015 fragsel Added French to the issue.
   November 21, 2015 fragsel Added Hank Paulsen to the issue.
   November 21, 2015 fragsel Added Skull-Crushers to the issue.
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