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Name: Dr. Theodore "Ted" Sallis Occupation: Former scientist; currently guardian of the
nexus of realities Identity: The Man-Thing's existence is publicly known,
but widely disbelieved; very few people know that the Man-Thing
was Ted Sallis Legal Status: Citizen of the United States; presumed
dead Former Aliases: None Place of Birth: Omaha, Nebraska Marital Status: Married Known Relatives: Ellen (wife) Group Affiliation: None Base of Operations: The swamp that surrounds the nexus
of realities, near Citrusvilla, Florida First Appearance: SAVAGE TALES (1st series) #1
History: Ted Sallis first came to prominence in government
circles as the chief chemist working on "Project
Sulfur," a U.S. Army research program aimed at developing
a means to survive bio-chemical warfare. Sallis developed
"Serum SO-2,' which would have succeeded in immunizing
human beings to all toxic biochemicals, but the mutagenic
effects of the serum would have transformed people into
monsters. The serum was never put into production.
After Project Sulfur was shut down, Sallis was reassigned to
"Project Gladiator," a research program under
the auspices of S.H.I.E.L.D.,
which was aimed at recreating the lost "super-soldier"
serum that had spawned Captain
America during World War II. Working separately from
his colleagues, who included Drs. Wilma Calvin and Barbara
Morse (later to be known as Mockingbird), Sallis evidently
attempted to use a modified version of his SO-2 formula
as the basis for a new super-soldier serum. He was close
to success when he was betrayed into the hands of the
subversive Advanced Idea
Mechanics by his wife, Ellen.
Perhaps already suspecting betrayal, Sallis had earlier destroyed
his notes. To guarantee that the secret would not fall
into AIM's hands, Sallis injected himself with the only
existing sample of his modified Super Soldier serum, and
fled into the nearby swamp. Sallis should have died, but
over the course of several hours, mystical forces combined
with chemical science to transform him into the monstrous,
misshapen creature who would be dubbed the Man-Thing.
The substance of Sallis's body was eaten away and replaced
by vegetable matter. Though he mimics the form of humanity
to a large extent, he can no longer be considered human.
Though he retains Ted Sallis's soul, and rudimentary vestiges
of Sallis's intellect, he cannot be said to be intelligent
in any meaningful sense.
Since the time of his creation, the Man-Thing has served as
the guardian of the "nexus of realities," an
interdimensional focal point which has manifested itself
in the middle of the Man-Thing's swamp. Though the Man-Thing's
adventures have occasionally drawn him away from the swamp,
he has always returned, and it is said that he is destined
to remain the guardian of the nexus on this plane of existence
for as long as the nexus continues to manifest itself
in this reality.
Height: 7 ft. Weight: Approximately 500 lbs. Eyes: Red Hair: None, though hair-like strands of vegetable matter
can be seen growing over most of his body. Unusual Features: The Man-Thing is a living, semi-sentient
creature patterned after the form of a human being, and mimicking
many of the functions of the human body, but composed of vegetable,
not animal matter. He has two large, red, lidless eyes, but
no mouth or nose. He has no ears, but has some sort of rudimentary
hearing apparatus located in what passes for his "forehead."
His body is composed of pockets of algae, moss, and fibrous
weeds held together by a network of animated tough and starchy
roots which follow the basic structural pattern of human bone
and muscle. Extremities of this root hang from the front of
his head to form the characteristic features of his "face."
His hands and feet are claw-like. He walks slowly and awkwardly.
The bacterial colonies which are imbedded within his body, and
which provide him with his nutrient-processing system, give
off a strong, rotting smell.
Strength Level: The Man-Thing is superhumanly strong,
capable of lifting (pressing) at least 1000 lbs.
Known Superhuman Powers: The Man-Thing is almost invulnerable
to harm. Because his body is not entirely solid, but made
of porous muck, fists or bullets will either pass entirely
through him or lodge harmlessly in his body. Even were
a significant portion of his mass to be stripped away
or pulverized, his body would reorganize itself and, draw
new material as needed form the substance of the surrounding
Due to the nature of the Man-Thing's body, he is capable of
oozing through or around openings or barriers that would
otherwise seem too small for him to pass. He has gone
through wire mesh and past steel bars. The smaller the
actual physical opening, however, the longer it takes
him to re-organize his mass on the opposite side.
The Man-Thing is sensitive to emotion. Psychic forces react
in some unknown manner with the "brain" cells
that are located throughout the Man-Thing's body. Mild
emotions arouse "curiosity," and lead the Man-Thing
to "observe" events from a distance. Violent
emotions, such as fear, anger, and hatred, cause him extreme
discomfort, and may provoke him to attack. When the Man-Thing
is provoked to violence, he excretes fuming sulfuric acid,
while in the absence of violent emotion he produces a
soapy mucus that will neutralize the acid.
Weaknesses: During the first few months of his existence,
the Man-Thing depended totally on the swamp environment
to sustain himself, drawing nutrients directly from immersion
in the swamp water. Later, after undergoing a tremendous
chemical shock in the Citrusville sewage treatment plant,
his body adapted into more of a self-contained biological
system. Although he still weakens, and would eventually
lapse into dormancy if removed from his swamp for an extended
period of time, he now weakens only slowly, and will recover
quickly if exposed to moisture.
The Man-Thing also seems to "remember" emotional
patterns, which leads him to "recognize" people
he's met before. But there is evidently a limit to the
number of emotional patterns he remembers, and he will
periodically lapse into a state of total immobility until
his "brain cells" purge themselves of their
excess of remembered data.