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1982: Man-Thing #6 (v1)

" And When I Died... ! "
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Man-Thing #6 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Mike Ploog
Writers: Steve Gerber
Pencilers: Mike Ploog
Inkers: Frank Chiaramonte
Colourists: Petra Scotese (Goldberg)
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: June 1974
Release Date: March 1974
Story Arc: -
Pages: 19
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 201                 Times Rated: 134
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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The ghost of Darrel Daniel forces the other characters from the story to perform a play of his life (with the Man-Thing performing the role of Daniel's Inner Demon) while a trio of critics passes judgment.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Man-Thing last appeared in Man-Thing #5 (v1). Man-Thing next appears in Man-Thing #7 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Richard Rory
Richard Rory last appeared in Man-Thing #5 (v1). Richard Rory next appears in Man-Thing #7 (v1).
  Ruth Hart
Ruth Hart last appeared in Man-Thing #5 (v1). Ruth Hart next appears in Man-Thing #7 (v1).
  Darrel Daniel
Darrel Daniel last appeared in Man-Thing #5 (v1).
  Ayla Prentiss
Ayla Prentiss last appeared in Man-Thing #5 (v1).
Tragg last appeared in Man-Thing #5 (v1).
  Mr. Garvey
Mr. Garvey last appeared in Man-Thing #5 (v1).
Group Appearances
This is the first appearance by Critics in the mainstream continuity.
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Issue Review
   August 16, 2013
Surreal storytelling at it's best. It works because the emotions at the core of it feel completely real. So sad.

As the series goes on, Steve Gerber sure finds innovative ways to use the recurring cast members... 9/10
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-08-26 15:17:40  
  Haven't I seen a plot just like this on "The Twilight Zone?"  

  Calthor Says:    
  2012-12-06 03:04:57  
  I wouldn't say this was a good 'Man-Thing' issue, as Man-Thing has so little to do with this whole weirdness. However, I rate by how much I was entertained, and despite it all, I was definitely captivated by this weird performance.  

  Kez Says:    
  2013-04-19 04:30:19  
  I really enjoyed this actually. Gerber is very hit-or-miss for me, but this is definitely one of the hits.  

  Drax Says:    
  2013-08-05 11:24:37  
  That was one of the most profound issue in the order. Kudos to Gerber for this one.  

  Neskit Says:    
  2014-08-10 10:50:33  
  Interesting issue.  

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2015-04-02 22:54:20  
  I love the offbeat weirdness of Gerber's titles. Fantastic issue, strangely profound...  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-05-08 11:01:28  
  This was absolutely brilliant! The tragedy of the clown was captured absolutely perfectly and the ending fittingly concluded the tragedy of his life.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-09-09 18:34:32  
  So does this happen every time someone dies in the Marvel universe? You'd think someone would mention it...
I wonder if they made the father look like dandy Hitler on purpose, to drive in what a jerk he was.
The actual story of the clown's life was rather predictable, but the ways they were able to portray things was just amazingly creative.

  sbcolt15 Says:    
  2017-01-14 17:06:14  
  I just couldn't get into these last 2 issues. I wasn't buying the whole clown ghost thing without explanation. Everything in the Marvel Universe thus far has had an explanation, even if it's pseudo-science that requires some suspension of disbelief. Suddenly we get a ghost and some super natural beings without any kind of origin or explanation...not for me.  

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-08-23 06:43:57  
  - Anyone one else get the feeling that the clown's story is a bit autobiographical?

  Russ Says:    
  2017-10-15 23:04:23  
  Recommended listening for this story: "The Inner Light" by the Beatles. I suggest this because, the clown makes everyone play the parts pertaining to his life while he was alive, roughly mirrors the plot of an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that bears its name. (An alien probe inadvertently makes Capt. Picard live the life of a dead man from an extinct civilization) Sure, there are differences, but the similarities are striking.

It was pretty entertaining, even if the Man-Thing played a small part. But I tell you, those critics were harsh! Darrel had turned his back on material wealth for a life that made other people laugh and forget about their own problems, and even if he didn't always go about it the right away, there's something to be said for his morals that the critics never seemed to consider.

And if any other writer tried a story like this, it would've come out way too absurd and awkward to be readable. But this was right in Steve Gerber's wheelhouse. It may have been creepy and self-indulgent what the clown did, but hey, that's what ghosts do.

3 stars. Man-Thing continues to be one of the sleeper titles of Marvel during this period, even if its lead character just observes what's going on around him most of the time.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-11-20 22:56:43  
  That was just so nicely told. Darrell had quite a typical story, but the way it was told was what made this.  

  Nsmash Says:    
  2017-12-17 19:48:29  
  Best issue in the order as far as I'm concerned. Excellent story about a man trying to find something real in the face of an uncaring system.  

  AndyBates Says:    
  2018-02-28 14:44:26  
  I believe this is my first comment on an issue. That's how good this was!

Besides the average score, we need an indicator of standard deviation. Definitely a split decision on this issue! But look at all those 5s! I'm in that camp.

The story is just Steve Gerber weirdness, but it's bizarre and touching and comments on the human condition and what it means to live a worthwhile life. It made me think, which is all I could ask for.

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   January 10, 2017 ViolentPhlegm Changed comic details.
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   November 21, 2015 fragsel Added Mr. Garvey to the issue.
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