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Goosebumps writer and overall literary badass R.L. Stine has finally teamed up with Marvel for a comic book series, and a sneak peek at the first couple of pages promises a delightful mix of fun and terror.

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Marvel has released a look at the upcoming debut issue of Man-Thing. Stine announced last December that he was joining forces with Marvel Comics, choosing Man-Thing over a slough of other characters because he really, really loves swamp monsters. In this latest iteration of the classic Marvel creature’s story, Man-Thing travels to Hollywood to find out why he’s not getting his own big-budget blockbuster, a la Iron Man or The Hulk. Here’s the synopsis below:

Attempting to recreate the formula that produced Captain America, biochemist Ted Sallis was transformed into the shambling creature known only as MAN-THING! Now, having recently regained his ability to speak, Man-Thing sets out on a journey to leave the swamp once and for all. But when an ancient and mysterious danger threatens reality, he will have to choose between his new life and the place he once called home!

Man-Thing debuts March 8. You can read the first few pages below, which dive into his origin story (pun intended). Plus, as a special bonus, there’s an alt cover where Man-Thing fights a dinosaur. Can’t have too many of those!

[Marvel]