Arken Sword 19

Arken Sword 19 (1986)

I’ve not posted or shared any new items in about a month and am looking forward to getting back to my normal routine. All sorts of fun stuff has been going on. Holland Files 2 successfully shipped around the world and it was more in demand this year than last, if you can believe it. I certainly didn’t. It’s a surprise and a thrill to have the opportunity to share such fun material by so many talented people. I can’t thank you all enough. Other Swampy news, but more of a personal item, I’ve made great progress on the Swamp Thing museum. I’ve turned the second floor of my house into a Swamp Thing museum and it will eventually be open to the public (by appointment only). One of the best parts of loving Swamp Thing is being able to share info with fellow ST fans. It’s the greatest feeling and the museum has been something I’ve been wanting to share for a while now. I’ll be posting pictures soon along with more info. Now, on to Arken Sword 19…
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Swamp Thing is getting fresh within the British comics magazine, Arken Sword.
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Like many issues of Arken Sword, this book is filled with interesting/insightful interviews, articles and great artwork. Take this Alan Davis collaboration for instance…
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I tracked this issue down for the ads. Swampy pops up in two separate advertisements that play off of each other. Mike Higgs drew both of the ads, for Nostalgia & Comics and The Place. I love Higgs take on Swampy as well as the other classic comic characters.
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Elvira’s House of Mystery 5

Elvira’s House of Mystery 5 (1986)

Swamp Thing pops up in another Elvira book! This very small appearance/reference to the Swamp Thing series is pretty neat and you may miss it if not looking close enough. Swamp Thing was also referenced in Elvira’s House of Mystery 11.

Elvira provides the interstitial entertainment for a couple horror stories within the book. While she is chatting with Cain and about the stories, Swamp Thing #48 “A Murder Of Crows” can be seen more than a few times amongst her pile of comic books. The book appears twice on the page below.

The book appears three times on the page below.

Elvira even takes the time to enjoy the sophisticated suspense of issue #48!

“y’know–he looks familiar! I think I might have dated this guy!” I would not be surprised at all if Elvira and Swampy had a tryst at some point. They seem like they’d be a good couple.

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Horror 32

Horror 32 (1989)

This amazing, black and white, oversized, Yugoslavian, Swamp Thing edition is awesome! The racy cover distracts from the killer Swamp Thing stories within but it is beautifully done. For those offended by the female form, and the dragon monsters who love them, I’ve blocked out the woman’s breasts. On to the book!

The Yugoslavian Edition reprints Alan Moore’s #25+26 of the second series. The oversized book, with its black and white artwork is stunning. As if it didn’t before, John Totleben and Stephen Bissette’s artwork really jumps off the page in this format. Below are some of my favorite pages from this edition. To read more about these specific issues, visit, Swamp Thing 25 and Swamp Thing 26.

“Čudovište iz Crne Lagune” rougly translates to, “A Monster from a Black Lagoon”
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Swamp Thing imaginext

Imaginext: DC Super Friends – Batman & Swamp Thing (2018)

The Swamp Thing imaginext figure is finally out and from what I’ve heard, can be found at major retail stores. Next time you’re stollinging through the store be on the lookout for this really fun Swampy and Batman combo pack. Batman is equipped with a backpack and green/plant machete, perhaps provided by Swampy. Detailed photos below.
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Plastic Man Folder

Plastic Man School Folder
Portugal – 1984

This cool Plastic Man folder comes from Portugal. The cover is jam packed with awesome DC covers. Amongst the comics is the partial cover of Swamp Thing #27 “By Demons Driven”
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Front and back, spread
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Cover detail
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Does this count as a Swamp Thing collectible? I suppose it’s debatable, but I think it’s great to see the Swamp Thing series being represented amongst other popular books from ’84. Note: Ilke Hincer, over at george-perez.net, was kind enough to point out that the covers/artwork used in the background is the wraparound cover of DC Sampler #2. But, you will notice they swapped out the Amethyst and Thriller covers. Continue reading “Plastic Man Folder”

Fusion 9

Fusion #9 (February 1987)

This awesome, little fanzine arrived in the mail from the UK last week and I’m excited to share it with you. The fanzine doesn’t have many pages but the one’s there are filled with great comic content. I purchased the book for the awesome Swamp Thing illustration on the cover.
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Hugh Campbell is responsible for this cool, little, UK fanzine. Below is his editorial within the book.
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Fan art is what I love most about fanzines. No matter how crude or refined they are, it’s awesome to see fans create art for their favorite characters.
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Direct Currents 1 – The DC Scene Zine

Direct Currents – The DC Scene Zine #1 – 1981-1982

Now this is a fanzine that I would obsess over if published today; a DC focused fanzine. The UK book features some amazing fan art, articles, and even a full-page Swamp Thing/Batman illustration!
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Direct Currents was published by Hassan Yusuf. I’m not sure how many issues of the fanzine were produced but am extremely grateful to have obtained the first.
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Direct Currents is filled with fan articles, reviews, fan letters and more.
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The full-page Swamp Thing illustration appears to be illustrated by Nik. As you can see, the name Ziggy along with the letters G-Q-U-J are also on the wall. Nik’s illustration looks like it was influenced by Bernie Wrightson’s Batman & Swamp Thing from series 1, #7
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Below is the back cover of the fanzine. An awesome Joker illustration accompanies an ad for The Old Comic Shop.
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