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2346: Man-Thing #15 (v1)

" A Candle for Sainte-Cloud "
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Man-Thing #15 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Len Wein
Cover Artists: Gil Kane, Tom Palmer
Writers: Steve Gerber
Pencilers: Rico Rival
Inkers: Rico Rival
Colourists: Glynis Wein (Oliver)
Letterers: Marcos Pelayo
Editors: Len Wein
Cover Date: March 1975
Release Date: December 1974
Story Arc: -
Pages: 19
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 160                 Times Rated: 108
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Man-Thing last appeared in Giant-Size Man-Thing #3. Man-Thing next appears in Giant-Size Spider-Man #5.
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   November 15, 2016
An oddball story, filled with Ted Sallis flashbacks, which doesn't quite work and falls apart when it gets to a rushed ending. 4/10
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-11-02 19:02:13  
  "Wax on, wax off..."  

  Kez Says:    
  2013-07-14 05:13:20  
  What does this have to do with trusting feelings?  

  Nexus Says:    
  2013-12-17 21:07:58  
  Well, Steve caring more about a social reflexion than about a Man-Thing's tale, again...

The drawns are great and the Cloud's personality, as a hippie girl, is very well done.

And who the hell are the people on the cover?

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-07-12 21:20:26  
  This was trippy in more ways than one.  

  heman0420 Says:    
  2015-07-17 07:00:44  
  Boo. Another pointless piece of crap.  

  butters911 Says:    
  2015-08-20 14:08:13  
  This was great. You never know what you are going to get with a Man-Thing story, but it is usually awesome.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2016-01-13 23:43:15  
  One thing I don't understand is how she knows about the Sallis/Man-Thing connection? She says the candle reminds her of him as she slips into her first hallucination, and he even transforms during it. I guess it possible that the poisoner was the one that somehow made that part of the process...but then how did he know? Also, if the blind guy was only hallucinating having sight, then how did he interact/fight with the others?  

  podgejeff Says:    
  2016-01-19 13:10:03  
  At this point Marvel's horror age has to be on its last legs, right?  

  jwerth Says:    
  2016-03-17 18:36:03  
  This was great. I love Gerber's willingness to completely abandon the superhero story format and just tell his own kinds of stories. Wish Saint Cloud was a recurring character.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-12-25 14:59:20  
  Pretty off-the-wall, even by Steve Gerber standards. Man-Thing wasn't even really in this one, except as Ted Sallis in flashback. It ends up being a "blind guy seeks to win the girl by making her inhale hallucinogenic fumes." Aren't there laws against that?

But I liked Cloud as an offbeat character I wish we could've seen more of. She might've made a great companion for Man-Thing, not unlike how Jennifer was during the Adventure into Fear run. And I don't think she knew of the Ted/Man-Thing connection, she'd just dreamed it based off her role in his life at the time he was working on that project. The drug in the candle just made it seem more real to her. That's why you just say "no" kids!

3 stars. Pointless but still entertaining.

  grayrender @ Russ (original post):    
  2018-01-31 00:26:25  
  I thought the sighted guy was the one that arranged for the spiked candle.  

  grayrender Says:    
  2018-01-31 00:30:07  
  This was confused and confusing. Hoe dud the candle maker know Cloud would buy the Man-Thing candle? Hoe did Cloud know Ted was Man-Thing? Why didn't Cloud appreciate the free spirit romantic gesture of Ted giving up his project for her?

These and other questions keep this issue stuck at a 4 for me, but it's a 4. It's the highest rated MT issue for me so far because it is a glimpse at the potential of the series if it had followed actual Ted and his actual life for a while, even if only in flashbacks.

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