Created by: Robin Snyder (this isn’t listed - found here)
Art by: Ernie Colón
Renegade Press - 1985/6 (both years listed on inside cover)
I stumbled upon this description of Manimal from Steven M. Bergson’s Jewish Comics: A Select Bibliography (link is down):
Noel Black, a Jewish child of Holocaust survivors who had undergone Nazi “experiments”, seeks vengeance by killing Nazis who have moved to the U.S. using his ability to metamorphize into a bestial creature. Snyder seems to have a disdain for the exploitation of the Holocaust by the entertainment industry, which is discussed in an essay that follows the story.
That’s a pretty spot-on summary, even though Synder’s script dips into the same exploitative territory he blasts in his essay. Oh well, Manimal still makes for an entertaining revenge read and has all the makings of B-movie greatness.
I guess Colón’s original Manimal character designs (image 7) didn’t make the final cut. Mr. Black raging form now has a seriously receding hairline. At least the heavy, heavy frothing remained.
Also, Colón’s drawings are reminiscent of slight Mort Drucker influences and pushes the camp narrative along nicely.
All in all, worth checking out if you want to take a breather from playing Wolfenstein 3-D (the original one, dorks).
The last image was in the back of Manimal - Ditko’s weird.