The Telegraph Wire 23

The Telegraph Wire 23 (1985)

after the ST event and seeing all of my collectibles laid out, I’ve decided that my original intention of reading/posting everything in order, provides constraints that I don’t neccessarily need to worry about. I am still re-reading and posting ST’s chronology but when it comes to fun ads, articles, parody or collectibles, I’m going to hop around a little more than usual. There are quite a few ST items that are too fun to have to wait to share. That being said, one of my favorite Swampy covers, from 1985.

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The Telegraph Wire was an industry trade jounal that ran from ’80-’85. Comics & Comix was the retailer that put it out.
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The Greatest Comic Book Artists Collection No.1 – Swamp Thing

The Greatest Comic Book Artists Collection No.1 – Swamp Thing (1980)
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I don’t know much about this series of books or if it was released in the US as well, but I picked it up from a gentleman in Italy.

The large format, “Dark Genesis” re-print measures  9″ x 12.75″ showing off the wonderful detail work of Berni Wrightson.
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More non-US releases

I’ve been posting a number of non-US ST re-prints, so why not a couple more?

Collection Psychose #6 “Les Monstres du Marais” Aredit April 1981
From what I’ve been able to dig up, Collection Psychose was a French series that ran from 79-84. The series collected horror stories translated to French. Book 6 collects 16 horror stories, the first being Swamp Thing 11 (Series 1) “The Conqueror Worms”
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Back cover
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The pocket comic has some wear but the b/w pages look great.

La Creature Du Marais No.4 “Le bête du Tunnel 13″ Aredit September 1982 This French pressing collects issues 8, 9 and 10 of series 1  photo 55244B39-A96C-45FE-8FF1-7551E5915DBC.jpg

The back cover features the cover to Saga of the Swamp Thing #2 (Series 2)
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Updates and new stuff

The Swamp Thing event went off without a hitch. Phil Hester was amazingly gracious; I could listen to him talk Swamp Thing all day. The review process took just over three hours and every item was checked off-from trades to chalk.
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It was quite an operation and I was fortunate to be surrounded by friends for the process. I had two photographers, two videographers, three assistants, three official witnesses and my wonderful fiancé who kept the whole thing moving.
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Some Swamp news and my first Murray

March has been a slow week on the site because I have been knee deep in paperwork and planning.
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This Saturday, March 21st, I will be attempting to set the world record for the largest Swamp Thing Collection. My entire collection of over 800 items—books, memorabilia, toys, and more—will be on display from 1:00PM to 5:00PM at the Sioux Falls Design Center in Downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The collection will be authenticated by legendary comic book artist and creator Phil Hester (Marvel, DC, and more), local purveyor of all things collectible John Nordstrom (Rainbow Sports Cards and Comics) and Sioux Falls business owner and comic enthusiast Andy Howes (Howes Oil, Local Zip).

The excitement I have for the upcoming event isn’t about setting a record or earning a title. It’s about being with friends, comic fans, collectors, and those filled with curiosity to celebrate one of the greatest characters in literature.
I wish that everyone who loves this character as much as I do could be there to celebrate him—and one another—with me, but Sioux Falls is a long haul for most people. That’s okay, though, because if I’ve learned anything from my experiences over the past year, it’s that we Swamp Thing fans have roots that run deep enough to support one another no matter where we stand.

Talk about support, look what arrived from Australia just in time for the previously mentioned ST event. I’ve been eyeing the Australian Murray Swamp Thing books for a while and thanks to swamp friend Zac, I finally have one! Zac runs the Swamp Thng site, Seeds and Leaves and does an excellent job documenting Swamp Thing books. I enjoy and use his site as a reference a great deal.

In the early ’80s, Murray released 5 books featuring  b/w reprints of series 1. This book is #3 of 5. The magazine sized, Australian published book features DC Comics Presents 8  and series one, issues 10, 11, 12 and 13.
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Swamp Thing – miniature metal model

The wonderful folks at Knight Models included Swampy in their line of miniature model, gaming pieces! Their other models are quite impressive as well. Below, are the results I should expect upon completion of the miniature muck encrusted mockery of a model.  photo ea72effa-4408-4129-a2b0-8cb206e11cd2.jpg

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