Goosebumps author R.L. Stine is now entering the Marvel Universe in March 2017 with Man-Thing. That’s right, The New York Times reveals that R.L. Stine is writing a five-issue miniseries for Marvel Comics with interior art by German Peralta and Daniel Johnson, with covers by Tyler Crook. The story for the series is Man-Thing heading to Burbank, CA wondering why he isn’t the movies. There’s a new twist with this series as Man-Thing will not be mute, he will be speaking for the first time ever. R.L. Stine is planning to give Man-Thing a sarcastic personality with his new speaking voice. The story is going to be made for teens and adults, but with a wicked sense of humor. So what sparked this story and his love of comics? That’s a fun story in itself.
Goosebumps and R.L. Stine sound like a match made in horror heaven for Man-Thing.
R.L. Stine has seemed to be always ready to write for Man-Thing or any comic for that matter. Initially, he wanted to break in as an artist, even writing and drawing a comic called ‘Super Stooge’ in the fourth grade. While he let his classmates see the stories he realized he had no talent for illustration, as he says, “I had no choice but to be a writer.” and now he’s getting the chance to write a comic series. Man-Thing is also to his interests as this story is influenced heavily by his love of 50’s horror comics, notably Tales of the Crypt.
A bonus for the upcoming mini-series is a short story written by R.L. Stine and drawn by a different artist for each one. The artists at this point are all unknown so they’ll be a surprise to everyone. His plan for Man-Thing is, “I’m going to do a lot of action and a lot of great violence and make it creepy, but I’m going to make it funny at the same time,” and he says further, “It’s what I try to do in my books.” and he had his choice of many characters but settled on Man-Thing because of his love of Swamp Monsters.
March just got a lot more interesting with the announcement of this new series. What do you all think of R.L. Stine writing Man-Thing? Feel free to let us know in the comments below. Marvel got a powerhouse of a new mini-series, with a name like R.L. Stine involved, you can’t help but pay attention.