Marvel Two-In-One

Marvel Two-In-One, Vol. 1 #1

The Thing and the Man-Thing: Vengeance of the Molecule Man!

Rel: Oct 09, 1973 - Pub: Jan 1974
Action, Adventure, Super-Heroes
Bronze Age | Color | USA | English
Comic | 32 pages | $0.20

The Thing, still trying to get home, sees a magazine cover featuring the Man-Thing in a small town Bus Station. Upset by the similarity of his and Man-Thing's names, he decides to travel to Florida instead of New York.

The Molecule Man, confined to his other-dimensional prison, tells his son to avenge him by destroying the Fantastic Four, and then apparently dies. The construct then undergoes a process similar to that which gave Molecule Man his powers. He attempts to teleport to New York City, but instead appears in the Florida Everglades, face to face with the Man-Thing.

The Thing arrives and is surprised to see the Molecule Man. He charges the villain, but the Molecule Man uses his wand to transform both the Thing and the Man-Thing back into their human forms. The two men are believed to be human again, but realize that they must still stop the Molecule Man before he fulfils his vow to destroy the entire Fantastic Four.

By the time they catch up to him, the Molecule Man has reached the nearby town of Citrusville and is wreaking havoc with the powers of his wand. He even turns an innocent pedestrian into a likeness of Mister Fantastic and kills him. The Molecule Man notices that Ben Grimm and Ted Sallis seem more compassionate and driven to stop him in their human form than in their more monstrous forms, so he transforms them back to the way they were before. It is his wish see the two destroy each other. The Thing punches his fist through the Man-Thing's body and withdraws a fistful of muck. He hurls the slime at the Molecule Man, striking his wand. The cosmic device flies from his hand and rolls through some cracks in the wreckage. As the wand is the reservoir for his power, the Molecule Man desperately tries to retrieve it. His power levels are quickly depleted his life essence drains away. After the construct dies, the Thing recovers the Molecule Man's wand, while the Man-Thing instinctively begins lumbering back to his swamp. The Thing hands the now-powerless device to a nearby child.


Creators View all

Writer Steve Gerber
Penciller Gil Kane
Inker Joe Sinnott
Colorist George Roussos
Letterer Jean Simek-Izzo
Editor Roy Thomas

Characters View all

Man-Thing (Theodore 'Ted' Sallis)
Molecule Man (Owen Reece)
Thing (Benjamin Jacob Grimm)
Sanford