R.L. Stine is writing a five-issue Man-Thing to debut in March, according to the New York Times. The iconic Goosebumps author will be joined in his comic book writing debut by interior artist German Peralta and cover artist Tyler Crook.
In Man-Thing #1 the Marvel horror hero heads to Marvel Studios' hometown of Burbank, California, to find out why he hasn't had a major motion picture. That would seem to omit the 2005 feature film Man-Thing, which Marvel co-produced. In this, however, the swamp superhero will talk.
"He can talk and he’s very sarcastic,” said Stine.
Comic books are something the prose author has wanted to do since childhood - and he actually did some in elementary school.
“My first ambition was to be a comic book artist,” Stine said. "I started doing these little comic books in the fourth grade: Super Stooge, the dumbest hero on earth. I was terrible. I had no choice but to be a writer.”
Stine's Man-Thing will be inspired by the 1950s horror anthology Tales From The Crypt.
“They were scary, really gruesome, bloody comics and they always had a twist ending. I think they’ve been a major influence in everything I’ve done since,” said the writer. "Every Saturday morning, I’d go get a haircut so I could read the comics."
In addition to the main story in each issue of Man-Thing, there will be a second story by Stine and various guest artists; the first will be with Daniel Johnson.