Träsk Mannan

Träsk Mannen film poster (1982)

This awesome poster was sent to me by fellow Swamp Thing fan, Peter in Sweden! I was blown away by its condition and can’t wait to get it framed. Peter told me that there aren’t too many of them kicking around since they were usually beat up when being stapled to telephone polls or being ripped down. The poster measures 30cm x 70cm.

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The Brave and The Mold

Batman 23 (2017)
The Brave and the Mold

Batman fans and surface level Swamp Thing fans will find the most enjoyment out of Batman 23. There are great comedic and touching moments in this one-and-done murder mystery starring Batman and Swamp Thing but those moments get lost while trying to wrap your head around the character histories you’re accustomed to. Swamp Thing now has unresolved father issues.
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– cover and variant cover

One night only. Swamp Thing Live at the Apollo!
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It’s  worth asking, which Swamp Thing is this? In the grand history of Swamp Thing and Batman (and even Gotham City) this is another brief encounter between the two DC icons. But, within the first few pages we learn that James Gordon is not aware that Batman and Swamp Thing have been acquainted and that Alec Holland has an estranged birth father. These two items contradict previous DCU/Swampy lore and that’s confusing.
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I found this issue to be fun, entertaining and I was not completely surprised by the confusion that came with it. In trying to untie Continue reading “The Brave and The Mold”

Justice League of America 174

Justice League of America 174 (1979)

When Mike Sterling mentions a Swamp Thing reference you can trust that I’m going to hunt it down. He is an everflowing geyser of comic knowledge; especially when it comes to Swamp Thing fandom. I’ve been a fan and reader of Mike’s site for a few years. Be sure to check out all of his great content.
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On his site, Progressive Ruin, Mike featured this ad last week. He cited the month and year (January 1979) in which the ad ran in certain DC publications. I was thrilled to see his post because I’d never seen this ad before. I took the information down to my local comic shop and dug through numerous Long boxes before finding a book from January 1979 that contained the ad. It was an exciting moment to find it. The ad features Super Friends 28. Swamp Thing doesn’t necessarily make an appearance in this issue because most of all the characters in the book are actually folks masquerading as their favorite super heroes.
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I wrote about the issue in further detail here.
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PROOF: Swampy was at Stupidman’s Funeral

The Death of Stupidman (1993)

The hunt for any and all things Swamp Thing -no matter how crazy or great- is a never ending job. This oddball parody book serves as the perfect example. I found it while rooting through some Long boxes looking for Super Friends (1976) books.
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All of the characters in the book seem to be “stupidheroes” but I can’t imagine they’d call Swampy, “Stupid Thing”! …of course they wouldn’t.
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Unfortunately Stupid Thing doesn’t appear in the book. The story parodies Doomsday and Superman’s epic battle to the end.
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It’s not a very big book but it contains some funny gems like the series of panels below.
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The Brave and the Bold 188

The Brave and the Bold 188 (1982)

As my Poison Ivy research continues, I picked up this Thorn appearance and to my surprise I stumbled upon Swamp Thing! I’ve mentioned it before but I’m collecting and documenting Poison Ivy’s Chronology in order to write a story about an early Swamp Thing and Ivy encounter. I’ve got a ton of notes and some really fun ideas.
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Toward the back of the book comes, “an annual tradition!”
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I’ve not seen this ad before and am extremely excited to share it with you.  Saga of the Swamp Thing 2 appears in the ad announcing the return of DC Annual. Although it was released six months prior to SOST 2, DC didn’t use the actual cover of the first Swamp Thing Annual …history’s mysteries!
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The story featuring Thorn is pretty thin but contains a fun, earth friendly message. Continue reading “The Brave and the Bold 188”

Alec and Moore on tubers

Comic Book Comics 5 (2011)

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Comic Book Comics chronicles the history of comics and in this issue, copyrights and intellectual property is the focus.
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There goes the neighborhood…
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the book spends some time discussing the wave of great U.K. talent that rose to prominence in the 80s and 90s., along with the hurtles they encountered with their intellectual property. Continue reading “Alec and Moore on tubers”