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Real Name
Dr. Theodore "Ted" Sallis
Current Alias

Vagornus Koth, the Swamp Walker, Mr. Salad, Walking Mulch Heap, K'ad-Mon of the Fallen Stars, the Man of Lineage, the Swamp God, the Keeper of Illusion



Ellen Brandt (ex-wife, deceased);
Job Burke (son);
Adam K'ad-Mon (ancestor);
Cleito (ancestor)


Base Of Operations
Playground; formerly Man-Thing's Swamp, Citrusville, Florida




No Hair, (though hair-like green strands of vegetable matter cover much of his body)


Unusual Features
Man-Thing is made of plant matter that simulates a humanoid form.


Marital Status

Guardian of the Nexus of All-Realities, adventurer; former biochemist, research scientist, university professor

PhD in biochemistry

Exposed to mystical forces and a cocktail of hazardous biochemicals derived from the Super-Soldier Serum

Place of Birth
Omaha, Nebraska


First appearance



Allegedly, before Earth was formed, a creator being from before time spawned the Fallen Stars, each an embodiment of one of its thoughts. On Earth, the creator made a woman, Cleito, representing the nature of reality. Cleito spawned Adam K'ad-Mon, the first Man of Lineage, and their birth site became the Nexus of Reality. Descendants of K'ad-Mon served as Nexus guardians, but over time the Men of Lineage became less concerned with this mission until eventually one man abandoned it completely: Ted Sallis.

Early life

Dr. Ted Sallis, a biochemistry professor at Empire State University, the sheltered Sallis had no knowledge of his destiny and preferred books to people. The United States Army recruited him into "Project Sulfur," which sought a means to survive bio-chemical warfare. Sallis developed "Serum SO-2," which granted immunity to all known toxic biochemicals, but its mutagenic effects would have transformed people into monsters.

Ted's friend, the free-spirited girl Sainte-Cloud, convinced him to denounce the Project, shutting it down before any serum was produced. Ted proposed to Sainte-Cloud, but she refused due to their many differences.

Returning to teaching, Sallis fell in love with one of his students, Ellen Brandt, a naïve and impassioned girl of nineteen. The two eloped following a secret affair. After their honeymoon, they visited the fortune teller Madame Swabada, who foretold a catastrophic change. Sallis was then reassigned to "Project Gladiator," a S.H.I.E.L.D. research program based in the Florida Everglades and aimed at re-creating the lost Super Soldier Serum that had created Captain America.

Working separately from his colleagues, including Dr. Wilma Calvin and Dr. Barbara Morse, Sallis modified his SO-2 formula as the basis for a new Super-Soldier Serum. The subversive organization AIM wanted the serum and conspired with a bitter Ellen, whom Ted had neglected since their honeymoon.

Upon completing his new serum, Ted committed its formula to memory and burnt his records. When Ellen led Ted into an AIM ambush, he fled and injected the only existing sample of the serum into himself just before his car crashed into the swamp. He should have died, but the magical energies of the swamp combined with the serum to transform him into the hideous creature later known as the Man-Thing. His intelligence rapidly fading, he slew the AIM agents and horribly burned half of Ellen's face. Unknown to Sallis, Ellen had been pregnant.

Recovered by Project Gladiator agents, she underwent surgery that repaired her face, but it proved temporary. After giving birth, she gave her son up for adoption and began punishing herself for her crimes by surrendering to alcohol, drugs, carnal indulgence and eventually joined Aldrich Killian's Extremis project.


After wandering through the swamp for a time he stumbled onto the Writer's Mansion and Man-Thing and Sallis appeared to be separated and Sallis was looked after by the family that lived there. However, this turned out to be an illusion conjured by The Writer]] who was using Sallis to finish his book by bringing the characers to life.

AIM again tried to obtain Sallis' formula, but was foiled by the Man-Thing and Ka-Zar. Man-Thing made the swamps his home and became the guardian of the Nexus of All Realities. Its magic made the swamps a focal point of bizarre activity, attracting super-beings such as Wundarr, who thought Man-Thing was his mother, and the Molecule Man.

The Man-Thing in some sense befriended Richard Rory, Ezekiel Tork and his pet Dawg, and fought Franklin Armstrong Schist and Professor Slaughter; the religious zealot Foolkiller; the Critics, afterlife agents seeking to judge the fate of suicide victim and clown Darrel Daniel; the natives of La Hacienda, home of the Fountain of Youth, whose waters nearly cured the Man-Thing and horribly mutated Schist before his death; the Glob, Yagzan, and the Cult of Entropy and the Si-Fan, as well as many other adventures with some Avengers, Dr. Strange, Howard the Duck and Ghost Rider, among others.

Howling Commandos

Man-Thing was handpicked by Blade to join S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Howling Commandos.

Powers and Abilities


  • Immortality: Man-Thing is able to regenerate itself by drawing material from the swamp it dwells in, and is virtually immortal. It's porous form is resistant to most physical attacks because it's not entirely solid; a fist or a bullet will usually pass right through it. He is also able to pass through many fences by oozing through the gaps in the chains.
  • Empathy/Acidic Secretion: As the Man-Thing, Ted's "brain" is no longer centrally located as when he was human: mutated analogs of his brain cells are unevenly distributed throughout the volume of his head and torso. Inhuman in its functions, his "brain" is incapable of reason, thought, or long-term memory. The Man-Thing does have a sensory apparatus, the location and nature of which is unknown, which is able to empathically sense the emotions of other organisms. Unless stimulated by external emotion, the Man-Thing remains inert. Sensing emotion, he will seek out its source, his pace determined by the intensity of the emotion. Mild emotions provoke "curiosity," causing him to draw near and "observe." Violent emotion will provoke him to seek out the source and attack it. He does not possess emotions himself. Violent emotions in others cause him some form of extreme discomfort, which produces a physical reaction on the surface of his body. In response to emotional provocation, his body produces fuming sulfuric acid which can cause severe burns when in contact with the flesh of emoting beings. When the being ceases to radiate emotion, the Man-Thing's body ceases production of acid, and secretes a mild, soapy mucus that tends to neutralize the acid. The Man-Thing will only attack a being that emotionally provokes him.


Ted Sallis was a noted biochemist. His new form also allows him to speak X'Zelzi'Ohr, a language that anyone can understand as if it were their native tongue.

Strength level

Able to lift at least 2000 pounds but has fought foes as powerful as the Hulk so at times his strength may be able to increase past this.


None known.


Equipment: None.
Transportation: Tends to wander using own feet.
Weapons: Uses claws to slash at opponents or uses acid secretions triggered by fear.


  • Man-Thing's sprite was made by User:Master of Mysteries on the M:AA Fanfiction Wiki.


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