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2010: Giant-Size Man-Thing #1

" How Will We Keep Warm When the Last Flame Dies? "
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Giant-Size Man-Thing #1
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Mike Ploog
Writers: Steve Gerber
Pencilers: Mike Ploog
Inkers: Frank Giacoia
Colourists: Petra Scotese (Goldberg)
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: August 1974
Release Date: May 1974
Story Arc: -
Pages: 25
Cover Price: $0.50
Times Read: 196                 Times Rated: 132
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
When a group of forward thinkers come to the swamp to live a sustainable existence they are confronted by the followers of the inimitable Yagzan, the evil nature of whom draws out the Man-Thing.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Man-Thing last appeared in Man-Thing #8 (v1). Man-Thing next appears in Master of Kung Fu #19.
Supporting Characters
  Richard Rory
Richard Rory last appeared in Man-Thing #7 (v1). Richard Rory next appears in Daredevil #113 (v1).
  Gordon Marshall
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Gordon Marshall in the mainstream continuity. Gordon Marshall next appears in Iron Man Annual #3.
  Paul Benton
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Paul Benton in the mainstream continuity. Paul Benton next appears in Iron Man Annual #3.
Glob last appeared in Incredible Hulk #129 (v1). Glob next appears in Incredible Hulk #197 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Yagzan in the mainstream continuity. Yagzan next appears in Incredible Hulk #197 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Akar in the mainstream continuity.
Group Appearances
This is the first appearance by Entropists in the mainstream continuity. Entropists next appears in Marvel Two-in-One #42.
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Issue Review
   November 14, 2016
Has the usual Steve Gerber weirdness/inventiveness but lacks the usual depth.
Fun, though.
I like the tie-in with previous issues of THE INCREDIBLE HULK.

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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-09-03 10:31:10  
  All hail The Golden Brain! I'm positive Yagzan was some kind of poke at Nixon. Not sure what the brain represented exactly, thoug  

  Kez Says:    
  2013-04-28 03:00:35  
  Heh heh heh... Giant-Size Man-Thing..  

  Drax Says:    
  2013-08-08 18:56:49  
  I usually like Man-Thing stories but this one was pretty bland and pretty boring. Gerber better stick to existentialism.  

  Gecko Says:    
  2013-10-05 11:53:10  
  Even if the times were more innocent, how in the name of anything did the code approve this title.  

  spencer617 Says:    
  2014-03-17 11:31:08  
  I almost stopped when the golden brain was revealed. I wish I had.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2014-03-25 01:25:21  
  Generally silly, but the fight between Man-Thing and Glob was surprisingly fun.  

  Neskit Says:    
  2014-08-15 17:29:01  
  Man-Thing was doing OK up till this point. Didn't like this at all.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-05-14 07:53:42  
  This is what happens when you mix in hidden political messages with a decent comic. It turns to crap!  

  butters911 Says:    
  2015-07-05 14:29:46  
  I thought this was great. Im really enjoying most of Gerbers stuff.

And an extra star for the title because i'm immature.

  j52y @ Drax (original post):    
  2015-08-13 12:15:43  
  I dunno, the entropists were pretty existential.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-09-22 22:08:10  
  The problem with the entropists is that a true one would not bother to try to prevent the settlement. as he would see it as being destined to rot and fade away over time, as everything must.
That big gold brain couldn't have been all that smart, considering it created a monster to fight Man-Thing that had a weakness to water...in a swamp.
And yeah, my first reaction upon the introduction of Yagzan was: "Nixon?!"

  Durango55 Says:    
  2016-10-24 04:56:43  
  I wonder if this was the same entropist group that appeared in Gerber's Howard The Duck newspaper strip in 1977/78?  

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-08-24 21:32:14  
  - Genius Gerber Moments: " Will You Turn Back--or must I employ the power of The GOLDEN BRAIN?"

- Never underestimate the warm wetness of a moist sapling

- 18:3 I love the touch of the cultist's head being on his chest under his shroud

- Yagzan looks an awful lot like Nixon

- Now Playing "Nothing" The Fuggs

  Russ Says:    
  2017-10-22 08:39:47  
  What the heck did I just read? Leave to Steve Gerber to write something so absurd it's too weird even for Mystery Science Theater 3000!

It was about time Man-Thing and the Glob had a throwdown; the two are really similar in a lot of ways. However, the story didn't make clear how the Glob's brain ended up in Yagzan's possession and became golden. Man....a golden brain inside a large clear globe. And once outside the globe it bounces around like a basketball. That's probably the most "out-there" thing I've ever read in the Order so far.

And making Yagzan a caricature of Nixon, and attacking that alternative energy settlement; this was Gerber clearly making a political statement about big government being in bed with the oil companies during the mid-70s energy crisis. Yet, mixed in with all the trademark Gerber absurdities and it made for an oddly coherent and entertaining story. And of course, the Man-Thing's general detachment from his humanity always adds to the fun.

3 stars. Another typical day in Man-Thing's world, really.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-12-11 06:24:20  
  That is potentially the weirdest story in the Order yet, but somehow I still enjoyed it. Maybe it was the Glob. I like that poor guy.  

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   February 12, 2018 TStarnes
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   November 19, 2016 Drax Added Petra Scotese (Goldberg) creator listing.
   November 19, 2016 Drax
   August 22, 2016 Neskit Changed comic details.
   July 19, 2016 fragsel Updated the listing for Glob.
   July 19, 2016 fragsel Updated the listing for Yagzan.
   July 19, 2016 fragsel Updated the listing for Yagzan.
   July 19, 2016 fragsel Added Akar to the issue.
   July 19, 2016 fragsel Added Paul Benton to the issue.
   July 19, 2016 fragsel Added Gordon Marshall to the issue.
   July 19, 2016 fragsel Updated the listing for Entropists.
   July 19, 2016 fragsel Added Entropists to the issue.
   January 30, 2016 Raistlin903 Changed comic details.
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