Finding that Neal Adams pinup yesterday reminded me that wasn't the only time the Nefarious one drew Marvel's muck-monster!
There was this terrific cover to Monsters Unleashed #3 in 1973, featuring Man-Thing cracking a couple of redneck heads as a young woman looks on in horror. If she's feeling fear, then I don't like the way Man-Thing is looking at her!
But wait--if we go back even further in time--we can find this Man-Thing story that Neal Adams drew, featured as an interlude in Astonishing Tales #12, 1972. Ka-Zar, the star of the series, met Man-Thing in the Florida everglades. Since Manny had only appeared in Marvel's black and white Savage Tales #1, this story introduced him to Marvel's color comics. Man-Thing would become the lead character in Adventure Into Fear #10, a few months later in 1972.
You'll notice the story doesn't have color, it's printed in black and white with yellow tones. Perhaps it was originally meant for publication in Savage Tales #2?
One panel in this story always stuck in my memory--the one above where Man-Thing watches an old lady walk across the swamp. Notice the way Manny stands, left arm braced against a tree, right arm supporting himself on the muddy floor.
This same pose was used in the Man-Thing cover, the one Marvel usually put on the left-hand upper corner, featuring an iconic shot of the titular character. Neal Adams' drawing isn't used line by line--but someone must have used that panel above as a reference. It's exactly the same pose. Nuff said!
Update: Comments from my old MT blog...