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… More
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”
Front and back, spread
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 (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.
Hugh Campbell is responsible for this cool, little, UK fanzine. Below is his editorial within the book.
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.
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!
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.
Direct Currents is filled with fan articles, reviews, fan letters and more.
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
Below is the back cover of the fanzine. An awesome Joker illustration accompanies an ad for The Old Comic Shop.
I’ve had the Swamp Thing animated series style guide on my radar for a number of years. I’d tracked down scans of the pages but never knew if they were available or still existed. I waited and waited for it to pop-up on ebay, or another collector would surface with them framed in their living room. Last year the style guide, by Alfredo Alcala, finally popped up for auction. I was overwhelmed with joy that it finally surfaced. The final auction price was too rich for my blood but I was extremely happy just to know it was indeed out there. Well, I’m proud to finally be able to announce that I was fortunate enough to obtain 3 of the 9 pages from the style guide this week. They are original illustrations (more like sketches) by Alfredo Alcala, who worked on over 125 Swamp Thing books. The influences from Alcala’s style guide (especially in how he draws animal anatomy/proportions) can be seen on much of the merchandised collectibles from the early 90s.
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Young Monsters in Love (2018)
-The following contains spoilers-
Along with the Winter Special, Swamp Thing fans were treated to another excellent story last week. Young Monsters in Love features, “Heart Shaped Box” a beautifully crafted story by Mark Russell and Frazier Irving. Those who expected the story to follow the narrative depicted on the cover by Kelley Jones were probably surprised by what they found within the book. I was.
I’ve not seen such a crafted and stylized Swamp Thing book since Jon Muth’s “Roots”. Frazer Irving portrays Houma in a beautiful, twisted, Rockwellian, Dave McKean-like style. It’s delightful, inviting as it is mysterious, heart warming and slightly off-kilter.
Swamp Thing is in love. He’s fallen for a botanist and has worked up the nerve to give her a valentine. Houma native and friend, Guillaume helps Swampy get a card from the general store.
Unfortunately Swamp Thing isn’t impressed by the store’s silly selection.
Russell and Irving take an eight page story and make it feel like so much more. The world they’ve developed is intriguing and I wanted to see so much more of it; even before finishing the story. That’s what is magical about this short story. It’s like a good movie, you never want it to end.
Continue reading “Young Monsters in Love – review and analysis”
Swamp Thing Winter Special (2018)
-The following contains spoilers-
The Winter Special came out on Wednesday and I was extremely excited to read Len’s last story with Kelley Jones, as well as Tom King and Jason Fabok’s one-shot, “The Talk of the Saints”. The book is a wonderful tribute to Len and Bernie, capturing the magic and effort they put into the character.
Wein & Jones open up a fun filled can of worms, bringing Solomon Grundy, Matt Cable, Jim Gordon and Batman along for the ride in this first issue of what could have been a beautiful run. My imagination runs wild with what Len would have cooked up for our favorite muck man. I hope this unfinished storyline acts as a catalyst for a new on-going Swamp Thing series. Len certainly provides the spark.
Before Len and Kelley tell their tale, Editor Rebecca Taylor introduces the story with a beautiful editor’s note.
Len and Kelley’s story picks up where issue 6 (series 6) left off. Swamp Thing is in Houma and seems to be adjusting quite well, post-Arcane attack. Matt Cable has finally recovered from the trauma he sustained while being possessed by Anton Arcane.
Swamp Thing pays Cable a visit as he’s preparing to check out of the hospital. Kelley Jones depicts a whimsical and grotesque Swampy, as he makes his way into Cable’s room. I’ve always loved Jones’ Swamp Thing designs. He provides the most imaginative and entertaining visuals, while staying within the realm of Horror that Bernie Wrightson established for the character.
Continue reading “A look into the Swamp Thing Winter Special – review and analysis”
Justice League Action Swamp Thing action figure
Release Date: To be determined
A new Swamp Thing figure is on its way and there hasn’t been an action-packed Swampy figure like this since the 90s Kenner line. Swamp Thing’s plant club can be shot from his wooden shield. Both items can be used separately, as well as mounted on his back. The figure’s simple design—mimicking the JLA Action series character design—looks great. Paired with the accessories, this is the most fun Swamp Thing figure to be released in a while. But, it isn’t available just yet…
I was tipped-off that a new Swamp Thing action figure was floating around on Ebay earlier this week and immediately looked into it… and purchased it. This 4″ action figure may be an early release of some kind but with a package date of 2017. I asked fellow collectors and did some digging online but my investigating yielded no results. Turns out, googling “justice league action action figure” will provide you with every JLA action figure under the sun, but no trace of a JLA Action Swamp Thing figure. The seller of the figure told me he picked the item up at a Ross store in California and that it was the only one there.
Continue reading “JLA Action figure – the best Swamp Thing figure in a while”