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CHAPTER SIX
MARVEL'S MAN-THING

Marvel comics had been successful publishing color comic books -- why not try the black and white magazine field as well? Marvel's first attempt at replicating the success of the Warren line was SAVAGE TALES. It was like a National Enquirer version of their comics, with the premiere cover featuring a decapitated head, the words KILL and VIOLENT, and a large "M for Mature Readers" rating label...

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One of the magazine best features was the debut of Man-Thing, a creature that was obviously a HEAP rip-off. But so what. As we've seen in this series, HEAP was an IT rip-off! And besides, HEAP never really had a top-notch artist chronicling his adventures. The premiere MAN-THING story in SAVAGE TALES was a THING of beauty rendered with exquisite delacy by the great Gray Morrow, written by Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway. Here's some of it...
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SAVAGE TALES was cancelled after its first issue. Marvel's newsstand magazine experiment just didn't work out. But the company had already begun preparing material for the second issue. Most of a second Man-Thing tale had already been pencilled by Neal Adams. This story was eventually printed as a flashback, reproduced directly from Adams' pencils with no inks. Adams later did a fantastic MAN-THING cover for another Marvel magazine... let's pretend it was the cover for SAVAGE TALES #2. It would've looked like this...
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Here are Neal Adams pencils for the Man-Thing story that was scheduled for SAVAGE TALES #2...
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Adams drew a creature that looked alot like the Man-Thing for the cover of Phantom Stranger #14, pictured below.
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BONUS! Cool Neal Adams Man-Thing pin-up!
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