CM Podcast 287 – Man-Thing (Movie 2005)

I continue celebrating my birth month with comic related items that I don’t think Jon would be interested in reviewing, and to be honest, I didn’t have much interest in this week’s item but I did have fun reviewing it…

Man-Thing: The Movie

The purpose of this podcast is to help promote comics and other items like movies and shows that are related to the comic industry and that are fun to read and watch. This week, I am making an exception.

Man-Thing: The Movie is bad. Really. It is a terrible film and should never been release or even made. If it’s so bad, why am I talking about it? Well, it is a perfect example of how Hollywood gets its mitts on a comic property and instead of taking some time to read the backstory of the character and incorporating that history into the movie, they decide to make a typical Hollywood movie that is a comic book movie in name only.

Movies like The Shadow, The Phantom, the 80s Captain America movie and the Dolph Lundgren Masters of the Universe and Punisher movie are all prime examples of how Hollywood got comic book movies wrong.

Look at the designs of Man-Thing. Here is a comparison of the comic versus the movie creature:

On the left is what the comic version is supposed to look like. The picture on the right looks more like Swamp Thing than Man-Thing. Also, the movie has Man-Thing have these jittery tendrils. Do you see any tendrils in the picture on the left? Not really. Maybe the things on his face but that is it. The movie has him loaded with tendrils. So much so, that you may mistake him for Cthulhu.

Here is the end scene of the movie. It shows how wrong the movie got the design of Man-Thing and also sums up the entire plot in 2 minutes…

Even though this movie is a hot mess. I have a good time going over the history of the character, talking about the terrible acting and throwing out ideas for good Man-Thing projects for the future.

Thanks for listening,

Jim

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CM Podcast 285 – Howard the Duck (comic 1976)

Another week and a new episode of the Comics Misremembered Podcast is created. It is just me, Jim doing the podcast this week. Jon will hopefully be joining us in some later podcasts but for the month of November, it will be me.

November is also my birthday month so I will be celebrating all month long with comics that are near and dear to me that we haven’t covered yet.

Week 1 of the month long celebration, we are covering Howard the Duck (the 1970s run).

This is the facsimile cover that came out earlier this year. It is so hard to get the original cover.

Howard the Duck was created by writer Steve Gerber and artist Val Mayerick on the pagers of Adventure into Fear featuring The Man-Thing #19 (Dec. 1973) published by Marvel Comics.

I started collecting comics in the early 80s. I started with titles like ROM and Captain Carrot and the Amazing Zoo Crew (look – I was young, okay!). The comic shop I was going to at the time had a back issue room and I discovered Howard the Duck! These issue excited me because they were old (at least 10 years!) and I could buy large chunks for close to cover price. I bought up the majority of the run there. I thought the art was great and the stories were pretty funny too.

A few years would pass and there was news that a Howard the Duck Movie would be coming out and it would be directed by George Lucas! This guy did Star Wars!! The Howard movie is going to be awesome!

Well, it wasn’t but now re-reading the Howard comic run, I can see how they got some of the ideas for the movie. I break this down in the podcast.

The comic also had lots of philosophical sub-text that I did not pick up on as a child that I see while reading as an adult. This was a well made, smart comic that appeals to kids and adults. If you never read the original comics, I highly recommend picking them up in collected trades.

Jim

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