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2211: Giant-Size Man-Thing #2

" Of Monsters and Men "
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Giant-Size Man-Thing #2
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: John Buscema
Writers: Steve Gerber
Pencilers: John Buscema
Inkers: Klaus Janson
Colourists: Linda Lessmann
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: November 1974
Release Date: August 1974
Story Arc: -
Pages: 33
Cover Price: $0.50
Times Read: 178                 Times Rated: 119
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
The widow of Franklin Schist hires a well-meaning scientist to capture (and possibly kill) the Man-Thing.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Man-Thing last appeared in Daredevil #114 (v1). Man-Thing next appears in Man-Thing #9 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Tony Stark
Tony Stark last appeared in Giant-Size Avengers #4 (v1). Tony Stark next appears in Iron Man #73 (v1).
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Giant-Size Fantastic Four #3. The Human Torch next appears in Fantastic Four #151 (v1).
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Giant-Size Fantastic Four #3. Mr. Fantastic next appears in Fantastic Four #151 (v1).
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Defenders #21 (v1). The Thing next appears in Fantastic Four #151 (v1).
  Dane Gavin
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Dane Gavin in the mainstream continuity.
  Carolyn Schist
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Carolyn Schist in the mainstream continuity.
  Vivian Schist
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Vivian Schist in the mainstream continuity.
Group Appearances
Stark Industries
Stark Industries last appeared in Iron Man #55 (v1). Stark Industries next appears in Iron Man #73 (v1).
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Issue Review
   April 6, 2016
Basically a King Kong tale with Man-Thing in New York. By-the-numbers stuff. Reed Richards and Tony Stark appear. But accomplish very little. 5/10
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-10-12 15:11:13  
  A bit of King Kong ape (no pun intended), but I enjoyed it nonetheless.  

  Drax Says:    
  2013-09-02 17:20:03  
  Kind of puzzling to see the Thing simply shut up and didn't do anything to help his "friend".  

  Nexus Says:    
  2013-12-10 20:31:14  
  It's perfect.

Everything that is appealing on the Man-Thing's magazine is present on this, and even more. The eerie presence of the monster at the first chapter, the traps and the fight against the monster at the second chapter and the hollywoodian public appearance of the monster at the last chapter. Not to mention the guest characters and the amazing art of John Buscema.

Definitely, 5 stars.

  heman0420 Says:    
  2015-05-24 17:07:50  
  Decent story, but The Thing should have spoken up or done something. Way to go Benjamin.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-06-15 11:52:15  
  Yeah, I was disappointed in The Thing not sticking up for his beliefs.  

  illcom94 Says:    
  2015-08-06 00:55:09  
  I always enjoy Tony and Reed showing up as just plain industrialist and scientist in other titles.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-11-23 15:44:23  
  While I agree with everyone that it was stupid for Benji to not tell Reed what he knows, you would think that Reed and Stark have enough experience with weird life forms that they wouldn't be so quick to put it on display.
That actually was a pretty decent trap they used to capture him, just too bad they really had no clue what to do with him after that.

  imeco Says:    
  2016-05-17 14:05:15  
  They made Dr. Gavin out like he would be a new supporting character but according to the order he doesn't have any more appearances...  

  rubixcube60 Says:    
  2017-07-30 22:26:53  
  Solid story, but it didn't quite stick the landing. Ben not saying anything felt weird, and jumping straight from Mrs. Schist wanting to finish off the Man-Thing in NYC to Gavin releasing it back to the Everglades felt very sudden. It would have helped a lot if Mrs. Schist had more of an arc or resolution to her story.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-12-02 09:29:32  
  I was very pleasantly surprised at this story; Gerber did a fantastic job with this character study. It combined the post-script to F.A. Schist's demise with a hollywood-ish "let's display the captured monster for all the world to see" splendor that predictably turned south in a hurry.

For the most part, I agree with all the other comments above. I did like that Vivian's obsession seemed to mirror her late husband's, and daughter Carolyn was the counterpoint to them. Those two, and Dr. Gavin, would've made excellent additions to Man-Thing's supporting cast; it's really a shame this is apparently the last we ever see of them.

4 stars. At least Reed and Tony didn't make the decision to shoot Man-Thing into space. They probably wouldn't realize doing stuff like that doesn't turn out well either.

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   April 19, 2017 ViolentPhlegm Changed blurb for this issue.
   October 31, 2016 Neskit Changed comic details.
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   September 28, 2014 Neskit Added Dane Gavin to the issue.
   September 28, 2014 Neskit Added Stark Industries to the issue.
   September 28, 2014 Neskit Added Carolyn Schist to the issue.
   September 28, 2014 Neskit Added Vivian Schist to the issue.
   July 10, 2013 TStarnes Changed comic details.
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