Straw Man (comics)

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Straw Man
StrawMan.jpg
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Dead of Night #11 (August 1975)
Created by Scott Edelman and Rico Rival
In-story information
Notable aliases Scarecrow, Skirra Corvus
Abilities Superhuman Strength
Invulnerable, except towards fire
Fear inducement
Plant manipulation
Portal creation
Weather manipulation

The Scarecrow, later named Straw Man, is a fictional character, a super villain appearing in the Marvel Comics universe.

Publication history[edit]

The Scarecrow was created by Scott Edelman and Rico Rival and first appeared in Dead of Night #11 (August 1975).[1] Gil Kane and Bernie Wrightson provided the cover art. The Scarecrow character originally was scheduled to appear as a feature in Monsters Unleashed and Giant-Size Werewolf but both of those series were cancelled before the Scarecrow feature could appear. It was then rescheduled for Dead of Night[2] and after that series was cancelled as well, the character was to have a self-titled Scarecrow series but it was not published.[3] Edelman and artist Ruben Yandoc produced a follow-up story which appeared in Marvel Spotlight #26 (February 1976),[4] and was eventually concluded by Bill Mantlo in Marvel Two-in-One #18 (August 1976)[5]

Many years later, he was brought back in the pages of Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #31 (July 1991)[6] in which he took on the name "Straw Man" to differentiate himself from the costumed killer the Scarecrow. He subsequently appeared in issues #38[7] and #40 meeting Daredevil in the latter issue.[8]

Scarecrow did not speak in his early appearances, but in his later appearances he did and he pretended to be a newscaster named Skirra Corvus, Latin for "Scarecrow."

Fictional character biography[edit]

The Scarecrow is an extra-dimensional magical entity (possibly a demon) which takes vengeance on its enemies. He lives inside a palimpsest painting of a laughing Scarecrow purchased by Jess Duncan and opposes the centuries-old Cult of Kalumai.[1] The Scarecrow battled demons at a police station to recover the Horn of Kalumai, which would have allowed Kalumai to travel to earth.[4] Kalumai later spread his influence through the painting into a man who was then mutated in a fiery creature, and who fought the Thing and the Scarecrow.[5] The Straw Man was invited by the Dweller-in-Darkness to join the Fear Lords, but he betrayed them to Doctor Strange.[8] During the "Fear Itself" event, Straw Man fought against Nightmare's attempt to use the fear brought by the Serpent to become the King of Fear.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Edelman, Scott (w), Rival, Rico (p), Rival, Rico (i). "Enter: The Scarecrow" Dead of Night 11 (August 1975)
  2. ^ Edelman, Scott (w). "A Bit of Rag and a Clump of Straw (text article)" Dead of Night 11 (August 1975)
  3. ^ Edelman, Scott (w). "letter column" Marvel Spotlight 26 (February 1976)
  4. ^ a b Edelman, Scott (w), Yandoc, Ruben (p), Yandoc, Ruben (i). "Death Waters of the River Styx" Marvel Spotlight 26 (February 1976)
  5. ^ a b Edelman, Scott; Mantlo, Bill (w), Wilson, Ron (p), Mooney, Jim; Adkins, Dan (i). "Dark, Dark Demon-Night!" Marvel Two-in-One 18 (August 1976)
  6. ^ Thomas, Roy; Thomas, Dann; Lofficier, Jean-Marc (w), Alexander, Larry (p), DeZuniga, Tony (i). "TBOTV: A Gathering of Fear, Part 1" Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme 31 (July 1991)
  7. ^ Thomas, Roy; Thomas, Dann; Lofficier, Jean-Marc; Lofficier, Randy (w), Isherwood, Geof (p), Sanders III, Jim (i). "Fear Itself The Great Fear, Part 1 of 3" Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme 38 (February 1992)
  8. ^ a b Lofficier, Jean-Marc; Lofficier, Randy; Thomas, Roy; Thomas, Dann (w), Isherwood, Geof (p), Sanders III, Jim (i). "From Hope and Fear Set Free...The Great Fear, Part 3 of 3" Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme 40 (April 1992)
  9. ^ Denning, John (w), Elson, Richard (p), Elson, Richard (i). "The Terrorism Myth Conclusion" Journey into Mystery v4, 636 (June 2012)

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