Swampy & JLA

February 20, 2017 § Leave a comment

Justice League of America 117 (1975)
I Have No Wings And I Must Fly!
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The JLA have no Swamp Thing and Thomas Adams from Medford, New Jersey is jonesing for an appearance via The JLA Mail Room.
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While Mr Adams was hoping for a Swamp Thing appearance in 1975, Swamp Thing 15, The Soul-Spell of Father Bliss would have been hitting the shelves around the same time.
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Thomas wrote into The JLA Mail Room to recommend an appearance by some of his favorite characters. He wasn’t the only one. At least a dozen other fans recommend their favorite characters, hoping the letters page would answer their JLA team-up dreams.
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Editor Rob Rozakis responds to fans.

Although this is a tiny Swamp Thing mention within the JLA letters page, it is interesting to read Swamp Thing fans wanting more and considering the possibility that he could play a bigger role. Swamp Thing wouldn’t be involved with the JLA for another nine years when Totleben, Bissette and Moore would craft Saga of the Swamp Thing 24, Roots in 1984. Prior to Saga of the Swamp Thing 24, Superman and Batman are the only JLA members who’ve encountered/interacted with Swampy. Batman first encountered Swamp Thing in Swamp Thing 7, Night of the Bat in 1973. Superman first encountered Swamp Thing in DC Comics Presents 8, The Sixty Deaths of Solomon Grundy in 1979. Hawkman would have been the second member of the JLA to meet Swampy if Swamp Thing 25 (series 1) had come to fruition.
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Underground Inc podcast

February 13, 2017 § Leave a comment

Underground Inc Podcast came to town!

Before I jump into the fun weekend I had with the guys from the Underground Inc podcast, there’s still time to pre-order an issue of the Holland Files Swamp Thing fanzine. There aren’t many left but books are still available. Email me at JohnEBoylan(at)Gmail(dot)com to reserve yours today!
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This weekend, Ben and Billy of Underground Inc drove up from Iowa to tour my collection and chat about Swamp Thing. Along with an interview, we recorded a commentary while watching The Return of Swamp Thing movie. We had a great time and audio audio from their visit will be available soon. Go to Underground Inc for more info.
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During their visit the guys recorded a couple Facebook videos. The first is at home with my collection.
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Below are some stills from the video.
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After the home tour we wandered down to Ipso Gallery in downtown Sioux Falls where some items from my collection are on display. We walked through the items and answered some viewer questions.
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Holland Files #1 Pre-Order is Here!

February 3, 2017 § 1 Comment

I’m extremely honored to announce that the 80-page, debut issue of Holland Files -an international Swamp Thing fanzine- is now available for pre-order! Swamp Thing’s forty-six year history has been crafted by renowned artists and writers. A number of those greats have contributed to this book. Swamp Thing professionals and fans from around the world have come together to share their love for the muck-encrusted mockery of a man. This books acts as a way to carry on Swamp Thing’s legacy as well as a thank you to all those who have shared in the joy and excitement that the character has inspired.
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For $10 you will receive the debut issue of the Holland Files, a Swamp Thing Fanclub button, a Swamp Thing Fanclub membership card as well as free shipping within the United States. Unfortunately, there will be a shipping fee for International customers based upon destination.

To order your copy, email me at JohnEBoylan(AT)Gmail(DOT)com where I will provide secure payment instructions and gather your shipping information. Pre-ordered books will ship during the month of March.

DC kicks the code

January 29, 2017 § Leave a comment

Saga of the Swamp Thing 29 (1984)
Love and Death

There are a number of reasons why this book is great but it’s special in that DC released it without the Comics Code approval. With this issue, Swamp Thing takes another significant step in leaving his mark in comic book history. Moving forward, DC decided to stop submitting the book for Comics Code approval. This further allowed the creative team to explore taboo subject matter and the nightmarish situations within Swamp Thing’s world.
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I can recall the progression of most Swamp books but I tend to forget the pacing of the stories. Rereading the chronology revitalizes my excitement for the story telling and craftsmanship. This issue is a great example. It’s terrifying what Abby goes through and Moore tells the terrifying experience all too well. So well that it would  eventually make him the subject of intense debate on how he depicts and perceives women.

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I’ve read this book numerous times and it still seems to kick my brain around. This is the seemingly cursed, nightmare life of the Arcane family. None of them get out unscathed…
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Tom Yeates Interview

January 26, 2017 § Leave a comment

David Anthony Kraft’s Comics Interview #22 (1985)

In this issue of David Anthony Kraft’s Comics Interview, Swamp Thing series two artist Tom Yeates is featured and interviewed. The interview focused on  Yeates’ career and his experiences in comics. I was thrilled to read his Swamp Thing related responses. He talks a bit about working with Martin Pasko during series two as well as why he quit working on the title. In this post I’ve isolated portions of the interview pertaining to Swamp Thing but I recommend finding a copy of his issue and reading the entire interview. It’s  very insightful and a fun read.
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Various Swamp Thing related articles and interviews have referenced Martin Pasko’s busy schedule, taking on too many projects while working on the title. The highlighted excerpt below calls out Yeates’ challenges while working on the title.
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Below is Yeates’ entire answer regarding what it was like working with Pasko on the second series.
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Later in the interview, Tom is asked why he stopped working on Swamp Thing. I highlighted a few key points that jumped out at me. Yeates again mentions Pasko’s busy schedule and then touches upon how his interest wained upon getting into Pasko’s story. As you’ll read below, Pasko’s agenda conflicted with Yeates’.
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This bit below was my favorite portion of the interview. Yeates talks about Totleben and Bissette being the perfect fit for the series. Afterward, Tom discusses feeling conflicted by the morals conveyed in the story.
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3 years in!

January 20, 2017 § 2 Comments

Thank you for visiting. Yesterday marked the three year anniversary of rootsoftheswampthing.com. I’m surprised by how quickly time has flown by. Last year, interactions with fellow fans was up considerably compared to the previous year and it’s been wonderful getting to know more fellow Swampy fans. To celebrate, my fiancé surprised me with this awesome Swamp Thing cake. It’s decorated with hundreds of little leaves and roots. The more we ate, the more ominous Swampy looked… naturally.
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I’m not one for celebrating the new year but I am excited to see what’s coming down the pike. For starters, the Swamp Thing fanzine I’ve been working on ships next month (February)! The book looks great and it’s filled to the brim with content. I’ve received a number of inquiries from fellow Swamp Thing fans who want to get their hands on the fanzine. Not to worry, books will be available for purchase in the coming month and I will provide plenty of info so that no one is left out. With the book, I’ll be sending out these Swamp Thing fanclub buttons while supplies last.
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For all the latest on Swamp Thing and upcoming releases check out my new releases page. I update it regularly. If you know of any appearances or upcoming releases that star Swamp Thing drop me a line, I’d love to hear from you. have a wonderful 2017 and I look forward to another Swamp Thing filled year with you.

Wonder Woman 61

January 18, 2017 § Leave a comment

Wonder Woman 61 (1992)
To Avenge an Amazon

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This story from Wonder Woman volume 2 stars a slew of high profile comic characters but not one of them is Swamp Thing. So why would the book make its way on the site?
Swamp Thing ad!! A subscription ad at that.

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Swampy can be found at the top of the page, three in from the right.

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