MTIO / THING ART
MTIO 5    MTIO 8
MTIO 21    MTIO 34
MTIO 35    MTIO 36
MTIO 37    MTIO 39
MTIO 40    MTIO 41
MTIO 46    MTIO 48
MTIO 49    MTIO 59
MTIO 66    MTIO 69
MTIO 74    MTIO 75
MTIO 92    MTIO 98
MTIO 100
Ernie Chan (commiss.)
Dead of Night 11
Fantastic Four 24
Fantastic Four 520
Fred Hembeck II (commiss.)
Chris Giarrusso (sketch)
Mvl. Fanfare 24
Mvl. Fanfare 46
Mvl. Team-Up Ann. 5
Mvl. Team-Up Ann. 5
The Thing 8
Thing 4
Thor Annual 14
Unshelved (sketch)

SERPENT SOCIETY ART
Battle Scars 4
Cpt. America 310
Cpt. America Ann. 10
Cpt. America 380
Cpt. America 381
Cpt. America 435
Cpt. America 437
Mvl. Team-Up Ann. 5
OHOTMU Master Ed 26
X-Men Ann. 13
Convention sketches
Katie Cook (sketch)

MANTIS ART
Annih. Conq. - Starlord 4
Fred Hembeck I (sketch)
Justice Lg. of America 142
Silver Surfer Ann 1

MISCELLANEOUS ART
Avengers 176
Avengers 324
Avengers v3 22 (colorist)
Mvl. Comics Presents 68
Marvel Fanfare 31
Ms. Marvel 15
OHOTMU Update '89 1
OHOTMU Update '89 7
Pet Avengers 4
Quasar 54
Solo Avengers 17
Squadron Supreme 12
Thom Zahler (sketch)

Silver Surfer.
Annual 1, page 45.

Artist: Ron Lim
Inker: Randy Emberlin

     Mantis. One of my all time favorite Marvel characters, and a big hole in my collection. If there's one MTIO team-up which I would have loved to have seen happen, it would have been Mantis. She had a great run in Avengers, and though I've occasionally seen a few of those pages sneak past, they've never been of a high enough quality for me to make a stab at them. However, I also enjoyed her short run in the Silver Surfer, so when this Ron Lim page appeared for a reasonable price, I jumped at it.
     Mantis was apparently killed in a Silver Surfer issue, and this five page back-up story in the Surfer Annual prefaced her brief return to the Avengers, albeit in the pages of West Coast Avengers. Years later this was retconned by her original creator (Steve Englehart) to make her a "shadow" Mantis, one of several pieces of herself which were fragmented elsewhere - Mr. Englehart was unhappy with the was she was portrayed here and decided to more or less erase her from continuity (and from the minds of her friends). The curious thing was that he himself wrote this story, and, for that matter, virtually every appearance of Mantis!
     This came off of EBay in March, 2007. I appear to be a repeat buyer with this gentleman- I purchased a MTIO 39 page and a MTIO 46 page from him over a span of several years.


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