Marvel’s house ads in May 1974 trumpeted the arrival of their newest Giant-Size monster comic. By this time, they dropped the pretense of calling it Giant-Size Monsters or whatever…
Giant-Size Man-Thing! The greatest comic title of all time!
The cover by Mike Ploog was enough to make any Man-Thing devotee want to buy this comic. We had never seen Manny fight another swamp creature before. The Glob was an old character from the Hulk, but he was really a take-off on Hillman’s the Heap character.
The story inside did not disappoint. There were two slimy slug-fights superbly illustrated by Ploog. Sadly, this was one of the last Man-Thing stories by Ploog. He left the title soon afterward to draw the Planet of the Apes series.
Steve Gerber created a really funny set of villains called the Entropists. “Entropy, Entropy, all winds down!” The Entropists are the enemies of environmentalists, because they state: “What we wish is unimportant! Entropy is the natural way of the universe! We are born…we expend our life energies…we die. To prolong the life of a man, or a world, is to defy natural law, to instill false hope.” The leader of the Entropists, Yagzan, looked remarkably like Richard Nixon!
Dean Mullaney commented on this in the letters page of Giant-Size Man-Thing #2. Gerber seems to indicate in the letters column that there were targeting another president, but I think this must be a red herring. Yagzan was Nixon.
There was a few people who could their letter published in nearly every issue of a title, Dean Mullaney was one of them. Later, we’d watch Dean rise to become the publisher of Eclipse Comics, where he’d publish a number of things by Steve Gerber, such as Stewart the Rat and Destroyer Duck. Nuff said.