The Flash 253 (Volume 1)

The Flash 253 (1976)
Although Swamp Thing does not appear in this issue a page is dedicated to him and the upcoming release of a two book compilation comprising issues from series 1. DC released the collection after the series was put on the shelf in September of 1976.

I love the Willem Dafoe looking villain on the cover. Continue reading “The Flash 253 (Volume 1)”


The Kenner Legacy – Camouflage Swamp Thing Revisited

A couple weeks back I posted images of the Swamp Thing camouflage  figure with it’s mysterious variant. I scoured the internet for an explanation as to why two different versions were produced but couldn’t find any information. With a little luck I was able to track down this Kenner Legacy magazine that explained it all.

The Kenner Legacy magazine comprised of 18 parts (issues). The magazine focused on the history of Kenner, featuring a great deal of their merchandise. But the only important merchandise can be seen below… ok, and on the cover. I do enjoy Wyld Stallyns in tuxedo jackets and stage diving Batman.
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PITTCON 76 Program Book

PITTCON 76 Program Book (1976)

1976 Pittsburgh Comic Book Convention program book

Not a bad convention line-up. I would have been sure to head straight for the dining room.

Like most fan generated books, this one is filled with interesting fan art.

Swampy is mentioned in one of the articles and the illustration below may be one of John Totleben’s first printed Swampy illustrations.

Totleben graduated from high school in 1976 and in ’77 he entered into the Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Arts. The illustration is dated 1975, Totleben would not work on Swamp Thing until 1983, seven years later.

Swamp Thing 24 (Series 1)

Swamp Thing 24 (1975)
The Earth Below
I feel as if cake and balloons should accompany this post. I should have posted this last week but I have been swamped with work and can finally take the time to present…
the last issue of Swamp Thing series 1! The rendition of Swamp Thing on the cover is one of my favorites. I think the artist was going for motion blur but Swampy’s face looks mossy and shaggy, how I’d imagine a swamp monster would look.
It is interesting that they depicted Swamp Thing fighting Thrudvang yet Alec Holland is in the background. It is strange that Thrudvang is speaking on the cover but the issue hints at him being mute. If I remember correctly, he doesn’t speak in issue 23 & 24.
The title page would look great on the side of a van or airbrushed on a t-shirt. Continue reading “Swamp Thing 24 (Series 1)”

Color by number

I wish this color by number set came with a single green crayon.
The box is quite large for the two items inside. The set comes with a sheet of posters. I think each poster is about a letter sized piece of paper. You are also given a box of crayons.

Like most items released in conjunction with the cartoon, the color by number set contained environment friendly messaging.
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Camouflage Things

Last week I noticed a camouflage Swamp Thing action figure that differed from the one in my collection. After doing some investigating on the internet I found that there are two Camouflage ST figure styles. The difference in the figures is the painted green pattern on the figures chest.
The more readily available figure has a full green chest.

The variant that doesn’t seem as common:
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Swamp Thing 23 (Series 1)

Swamp Thing 23 (1976)
Rebirth and Nightmare
I’ve always enjoyed the last two issues of series 1. Leading up to these issues it becomes very clear that the book was struggling. The issues don’t string together very well and Swamp Thing’s adventures/mishaps are all over the place. Joe Orlando continuously mentioned the numerous creative team changes in the letters pages. I guess the quality of the book suffered with all of the changes and issues in flux. NEVERTHELESS, That’s what makes your favorite characters great. Their portrayal amid shortcomings can be as endearing as their most noble book.
Swamp Thing’s never ending misfortune has now become comical. He has endured 23 issues of agony and bewilderment. Most comic book heroes have a place of sanctuary. Batman has the Bat Cave, Superman has the Fortress of Solitude, Spider-Man has his bedroom but Swampy is just roaming around. and he’s been kidnapped… a few times. 24 issues is a pretty decent streak for bad luck.
They changed the Swamp Thing title design on the cover! The title went from the traditional horror font to this goofy, nondescript title.

I believe the passion is derived from his Rick James boots. Continue reading “Swamp Thing 23 (Series 1)”