R.L. Stine and MAN-THING

This news gave me goosebumps. (Sorry. I had to.) Noted children’s Horror author R. L. Stine has announced that he will be writing a new MAN-THING series for Marvel, set to debut in March. To quote Mr. Stine: “I’m going to do a lot of action and a lot of great violence and make it creepy, but I’m going to make it funny at the same time. It’s what I try to do in my books.” Sounds like a recipe for some great comics to me!

I’ve loved Man-Thing since I was a wee tyke. It was a natural fit. I loved old monster movies, and I learned how to read from comic books (true story), and here was a monster starring in his own comic series! Yes, as an adult I can appreciate that Manny has always been a tough sell; it’s hard to keep readers engrossed with a character that has no personality and never speaks, but if anybody call pull it off Stine can. He’s so groovy, there was once a crusade to have all his books removed from Walmarts across the land because they were spreading satanic propaganda. (This was back in the days when people were really, really stupid. They’re not any smarter nowadays, but we have snopes.) And Stine is making one big change to the character to fix that problem I just mentioned. This new version of Man-Thing can TALK.