Mortal Clay is about the villain Clayface, and shows how he came to live in a department store with his love, a mannequin. (Yeah, he's insane.) It's a good short story.
While I was reading Mortal Clay, it struck me that it has many odd parallels with another, more famous story: the story of Corduroy, the children's picture book by Don Freeman. Corduroy is a teddy bear that also lives in a department store.
Let's follow the Corduroy and Clayface through their department store adventures.
First, Corduroy realizes that he has lost a button on his overalls, so he sets off one evening to find it.
And he does find a "button."
Clayface, on the other hand, originally winds up in the department store while searching for his lost love, a "woman" named Helena.
Eventually, a hero rescues Corduroy from his plight:
Something similar happens to Clayface.
The hero takes Corduroy to his new home: