Geek Culture & Nostalgia
On this very special, very spooky Halloween edition of When You Hear This Sound, we’ll take a look at one of the strangest superheroes to ever crawl out of the muck – Marvel’s Man-Thing. Come along as we hear this haunting tale of suicide in the swamps, with a ghostly twist. Remember to leave the light on!
I recently reviewed Monster Massacre, a compilation of monster-themed comics, edited by comic book creator Dave Elliott. Included in the book were a couple of Elliott’s own comics, which were some of the weakest of the bunch. And now that I’ve read Elliott’s original creation Sharky!, I think it’s safe to say that I’m just not a fan of the man’s work.
Monsters are an odd phenomenon in the human psyche. When we’re little, the thing under the bed or hiding in the closet seems entirely too real. But once those fears have been conquered, kids with vivid imaginations often embrace the creatures of their nightmares, and suddenly the razor-sharp fangs and slimy exteriors become endearing, instead of frightening. For those kids, Titan Books has just released Monster Massacre, a compendium of comics, short stories, and artwork of those things that go bump in the night. The book features a wide variety of creepy crawlies, from Lovecraftian cephalopods to mutant insects to demi-gods to good old fashioned dinosaurs. Essentially, if you like monsters, there’s something here for everyone. Unfortunately, the quality of the work presented is as varied as the creatures lurking within.