Adventure Into Fear

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Adventure Into Fear Adventure into Fear was published by Marvel Comics from November 1970 through December 1975, for 31 issues. The first nine issues, called simply Fear on the cover, reprinted science fiction, fantasy, and monster stories from the late 1950's and early 60's Atlas comics, primarily Journey into Mystery, Strange Tales, Tales to Astonish, and Tales of Suspense. Most were written by Marvel editor-in-chief Stan Lee and/or Larry Lieber, and generally penciled by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, or Don Heck, though occasionally by Paul Reinman or Joe Sinnott. Most covers were reprints, though Marie Severin drew the new top half of #4, John Severin the cover of #8, and the team of Gil Kane (penciler) and Frank Giacoia (inker) the covers of #5, 6 and 9.

With issue #10 (Oct. 1972), the series began featuring new material. Issues #10-19 featured the swamp creature the Man-Thing, continuing from his introduction in the black-and-white comics-magazine Savage Tales #1 (May 1971). Following a story written by Man-Thing co-creator Gerry Conway, scripting was taken over by Steve Gerber, for whom the feature and eventual comic-book series Man-Thing would prove a signature work. Through issue #14, a back-up reprint story would be featured, similar to those that appeared in the first nine issues.

The story in #19 (Dec. 1973) introduced Howard the Duck, a cynical, cigar-smoking, anthropomorphic water fowl — a parody of funny animals — intended as a throwaway character. That plan changed when the duck quickly proved popular; it would eventually one of Marvel's biggest 1970's characters and a pop-culture phenomenon that would later get a solo series as well as a notoriously disastrous feature film.

Morbius, the Living Vampire, introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man #101 (Oct. 1971), became the starring feature with Adventure into Fear #20 (Feb. 1974), and continued through the rest of the run. After a single issue by writer Mike Friedrich and penciller Paul Gulacy, Steve Gerber wrote several issues in which Morbius went on a picaresque interdimensional journey. Doug Moench and Bill Mantlo followed as the feature's writers. Artists included Gil Kane, P. Craig Russell, Frank Robbins, George Evans, and Don Heck.