R.L. Stine Is Tackling Man-Thing for Marvel Comics

Gif: Agents of SHIELD, ABC

If you’ve been waiting since childhood for the author of Goosebumps to team up with Marvel, then today is a treat for you.


Yesterday, R.L. Stine teased us a little with big news on Twitter:

“A few days” turned out to be just one, as the announcement came this morning that the series Stine will write will be a take on the Man-Thing for Marvel. A talking, sarcastic, Man-Thing.

Stine told the New York Times that “My first ambition was to be a comic book artist. I started doing these little comic books in the fourth grade: ‘Super Stooge,’ the dumbest hero on earth.” Why did he write a series of books that have sold over 350 million copies worldwide? “I was terrible,” he said. “I had no choice but to be a writer.”

Stine will work with cover artist by Tyler Crook and artists German Peralta and Daniel Johnson to create a Man-Thing comic inspired by the same comics that inspired Goosebumps: horror comics of the ‘50s.

The first issue, set to come out in March, will follow Man-Thing’s visit to Burbank, California to find out why he isn’t in a big budget blockbuster. By the way, take it from someone who grew up right next to Burbank, there are a lot more studios there than the more famous, and more fun to visit, Hollywood.


Apparently, Stine picked Man-Thing from a selection of offers because he just can’t get over his love of swamp monsters. And in that way, aren’t we all R.L. Stine?

Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.


John Bigbooté

Oh no. It’s happening again. The entendres are doubling at an alarming rate!

Damn you, Giant-Sized Man-Thing!