Monster of the Day #1648

DC still (although I don’t like their post-Timm/Dini cartoons as automatically) has the edge on animated fare. Their kiddie show, Batman Brave and the Bold, is great for adults, while Marvel’s, Super Hero Squad, is a bit too childish for my tastes. Also, I never liked that ‘deformed’ look.

On the other hand, it turns out they knew exactly what they were doing. I bought my niece one of the kid-oriented Marvel video games when she was like six, and was astounded when she was able to name like all 50 or more characters the game came with. It turns out she was introduced to them all on Super Hero Squad. So as a way to see the universe to kids…kudos, Marvel Animation.

In this episode (apparently from an arc featuring the Infinity Gauntlet), Iron Man ends up on a planet with a bunch of the Marvel Monsters. Although I find their brand of humor a bit childish, the title of the episode, “This Man-Thing This Monster”, is a pretty funny pun for old school Marvel fans.

  • The man himself! God I love this guy. I love how you have to be ever so careful in how to talk about him to avoid juvenile giggles. Also, how hard it is to write about him when you spend a good thirty minutes locked in juvenile giggles…

  • Beckoning Chasm

    It’s an even better pun when you realize that the original “This Man, This Monster” was a story about the Thing. It’s good that Marvel didn’t have a hero called “Man.” Imagine Man-Thing, Thing, and Man waiting in the maternity ward, sitting together and anxious to hear from the doctors…

  • Flangepart

    It’s a ‘Who’s on first’ just waiting to happen…

  • zombiewhacker

    Use these search terms at Youtube:

    Power Records – The Man-Thing – Night Of The Laughing Dead – Audio Drama – Book and Record – Marvel

    Then click the top result from the search and enjoy.

    Ken, did you ever collect these Power Records adaptation when you were a kid?

  • Eric Hinkle

    I had one of those with a story about Dracula. My introduction to the character and to 70’s Marvel Horror; it was great!

  • Ken_Begg

    Yes, I had the Dracula one. Maybe another non-Marvel one. I remember playing one or two on basically a toy record player, although I never collected them or anything.

  • Eric Hinkle

    I mostly remember the Dracula one for the goat Drac drains of blood at one point. Then a few pages later it comes back after him knocks the Lord of the Vampires down, and starts eating him — complete with the sounds of teeth crunching on the record.