BYRNE! ENGLEHART! WINDSOR-SMITH! STARLIN! WRIGHTSON! And MORE…
Remember when the Thing was one of the toppermost characters in the Marvel stable? When, with or without his Fantastic Four buddies, he was a Major Star?
Times are different now — the great Walter Mosley’s upcoming miniseries notwithstanding — but if you love all things Thing, then get ready for The Thing Omnibus, due in 2022.
Dig the official solicitation info, released Thursday by Marvel:
THE THING OMNIBUS HC (BYRNE COVER)
Written by JOHN BYRNE, MIKE CARLIN, BOB HARRAS, JIM SHOOTER, STAN LEE, STEVE ENGLEHART,
DAVID MICHELINIE, JIM STARLIN & MORE
Penciled by RON WILSON, JOHN BYRNE, PAUL NEARY, BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH, AL MILGROM,
BERNIE WRIGHTSON & MORE
Covers by JOHN BYRNE & RON WILSON
It’s clobberin’ time as the Fantastic Four’s ever-lovin’, blue-eyed idol o’ millions goes solo! Join the Thing as he takes on all comers — including the Inhumans, Wonder Man, She-Hulk and Spider-Man! But after the Secret Wars, the Thing seeks a new life on Battleworld — as Rocky Grimm, Space Ranger! It’s action and adventure, mayhem and monsters, love and loss — but is the Thing ready for what awaits him back home? And we don’t just mean the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation! Plus: a wild Thing/Hulk team-up and more classic tales of bashful Benjamin J. Grimm! Collecting THING (1983) #1-36; FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #274, #277 and #296; SECRET WARS II #7; WEST COAST AVENGERS (1985) #10; QUESTPROBE #3; MARVEL TALES (1964) #198; MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL: HULK & THING — THE BIG CHANGE and material from MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #15 and MARVEL SUPER-HEROES (1990) #5.
1160 PGS./Rated T+ …$125.00
Trim size: 7-1/4 x 10-7/8
A few thoughts:
— That right there above is the Ron Wilson cover, which will only be available in the direct market. I would seriously have a hard time choosing between that and the John Byrne version.
— I’m fairly certain that Jim Starlin and Bernie Wrightson’s 1987 Marvel Graphic Novel: The Incredible Hulk and the Thing — The Big Change has never been reprinted before, so that’s cool, no? (UPDATED: Yes, it has! In the Fantastic Four Epic Collection: The More Things Change. H/T to eagle-eyed reader Glenn Greenberg!)
— Requisite “clobberin’ time” joke: You could really clobber someone with this 1,160 pager — but DON’T!
— The edition is due May 18, 2022.
— 13 THING COVERS Just to Make You Feel Good. Click here.
— MARVEL to Release Silver and Bronze Age BLACK PANTHER OMNIBUS. Click here.