Arken Sword 17-18 (1986)

Arken Sword 17-18 (1986)
I’ve been trying to post my books in chronological order but this one was too good to wait.
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Arken Sword, a wonderful UK fanzine full of great articles and illustrations. I’m always on the look out for issues of the book.
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Red has no luck at all. Red doesn’t need luck at the moment.

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The comic strips in the book are fantastic. Above are some of my favorite panels. “A page from It’s me little family ennit, which utilizes tone to great effect. (Feb. ’79)”

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Martin Crookall recaps Alan Moore’s American Gothic story arc (issues 37-50 of the second series) and it’s quite impressive. It’s fun to read his take and summary of events.

Crookall enjoys the new guy.
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The article features some great penciled layouts.
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Swamp Thing, an all-American hero. He would have done just fine on American Gladiators.

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psychodelic Swampy

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A number of Swamp Thing illustrations are throughout the book.

below, pencils for the cover of issue 47 (series 2)
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The Wolfman interview is great. He recounts, his past in the world of fanzines, breaking into comics and his many successes.
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Supermen centerfold!

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Row 10, colum 5! Bingo

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Again, the illustrations are terrific.

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I am a big fan of the Rocketeer and I love Pete Scott’s work here.

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The great Alan Davis. Davis illustrations of Swampy can be found in Ogre #8
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…and The cover to Ogre #8
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Swampy is in the bottom left corner. they repurposed the cover of ST #4 (series 1)

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Flouronic Man makes an appearance. He makes a very intense appearance.

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The scandalous Stephen Bissette interview! No, it’s not scandulous at all, but its good.

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This issue spoils you with great Swamp Thing content. It reminds me of Comic Book Creator 6: Swampmen. 6 is full of info on Swampy and all things swamp monster related. It took a while for Tomorrow’s Press to put it out but when you see how much great content there is… I am currently reading it and will write about it upon completion. You should check it out here.
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Swamp and Abby are making me want to listen to a certain Peaches & Herb song.
it looks like Swamp Thing pierced his ears

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Etrigan, another of my favorites

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Swamp Thing and the Arcanes, coming this Spring to USA; characters welcome.

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