Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Countdown to Halloween Day 26: THE GREEN THING
I decided to go back to my roots, so to speak, and do a speedy sharpie on cardboard drawing as was the case with my first posting of a Kirby Monster this countdown (Googam). These always go fast and I needed to be fast today. And so after a bit of photoshop color, the old boy makes his appearance here on our countdown. The Green Thing is the name of the creature and he made his first appearance in TALES OF SUSPENSE #19 in 1961.
The story begins in Australia as a scientist goes to a remote island to test a serum he's developed that should increase the intelligence of plants. He can't seem to find the particular plant he's looking for--the rare Ignatius Rex--so he instead gives his serum to a weed. The weed grows giant-size, becomes highly intelligent and reveals to the botanist that he plans to give the serum to other weeds so that it can take over the world.
After a chase and confrontation, the man finally stumbles across the Ignatius Rex plant and gives it the serum. The more highly developed plant then defeats the "green thing" and tells the scientist not to meddle with the way of things. Ignatius Rex decided to stay put on the island for the good of mankind. The Botanist is now afraid of plants.
The Green Thing appears a bit differently inside the comic than he does on the cover (his head is colored yellow and he has leaves for hands as opposed to the cover). The hero of our story, Ignatius Rex, is hard to find a depiction of here online.
And now for something you'll really like: