A Look Back at IDW’s The Shrinking Man

Issue #3 of IDW’s adaptation of Richard Matheson’s The Shrinking Man is hitting the shelves tomorrow. In anticipation of the next issue we are going to look back at where we left off with Scott Carey. 

The_Shrinking_Man_Issue3_coverClick here for a printable list of what’s new this week NewComics_15-09-23. We split the list into two pages: new single issues on one and new Hardcover, Trade Paperback, Graphic Novels and Reprints on another.


The_Shrinking_Man_Issue1_cover(Issue #1) It all began in 1956 when Scott Carey is exposed to a mysterious spray while out boating with his friend Marty one day.  Then, he was 72 inches (6 feet tall) and now, he is just a paltry 5/7 of an inch.  Smaller than the black widow spider which is currently chasing him through a basement.  He is shrinking at a rate of 1/7 inch per day, so that means he will shrink to nothing in 6 days.  We are introduced to the turmoil he, his wife and their daughter have been going through since they discovered that Scott is shrinking.  Coming to terms with is condition.  Stressing about medical bills.  The strain on the marriage.  Scott leaving the clinic that was helping him because he was frustrated and it was getting too expensive.

Luckily, the clinic eventually started helping Scott at no charge due to his unusual condition and possible benefits to medical knowledge.  However, at present time, he has bigger things to worry about than bills.  Six days to go, being stalked by a spider and he is also starving.  He sees a box of crackers on top of a refrigerator.  He harrowingly climbs up to the top of the fridge only to discover the crackers are not edible.

The_Shrinking_Man_Issue2_cover(Issue #2)  Determined, Scott keeps digging and finds some crackers that are still good.  So he heads back to the basement floor, only to encounter the black widow spider again, which he fends off with a sowing needle.   Safe again, he thinks back to his journey, back to when he was 42 inches tall and looked like a young boy.  He remembers an incident when he was picked up by a man who mistook him for a 12 year old boy and made advances at him.  His thoughts are interrupted by water.  The water heater is leaking again and as fate would allow, his crackers are now ruined.  A repair man comes down to tend to the heater, leaving the door open. Scott is determined to find a way up the stairs and out of the basement.  Suddenly, a cat appears and chases Scott further into the basement.  Hiding, he remembers back to when he was 35 inches tall, shorter than his five year old daughter. One night, after an argument with his wife, he goes out for a walk and encounters a group of boys who mistake Scott for a child. They gang up on him and Scott tries to pretend that he is just a young boy heading home.  A struggle ensues and the boys grab Scott and discover that he is really the shrinking man they have heard about and don’t seem too impressed.

Issue #3 is touted as “The penultimate chapter of the graphic adaptation of Richard Matheson’s beloved classic novel sees Scott continuing to dwindle further and further away…”


Good luck on your hunt for new books.

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About OxenTrot

During the day, I am a mild mannered desk jockey who helps to manage a large IT company.  At night, I am a family man, who is insanely in love with his wife and a proud daddy to an amazing girl.  But in the pre-dawn hours, as most everyone else is still asleep, I am my alter ego.  During that time, I am: OxenTrot. Ox was a call sign bestowed upon me while I was an active duty United States Marine, mainly in tribute to the fact that I was a major gym rat. After 5 years and three tours of duty, I reentered the civilian world.  My call sign was replaced by my actual name but the Ox still lived inside. As I began to adapt to my new life, I also began to take on new adventures, such as starting a family, getting a “big boy” job and taking on endurance sports.
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