June 25, 2015 § Leave a comment
The Saga of the Swamp Thing 7 (1982)
I Have Seen the Splintered Timbers of a Hundred Shattered Hulls
The title is as convoluted as the story. I enjoy seeing Swamp Thing mix it up with the strangest of foes but the herpes based octopus alien from the bottom of the sea has never been a favorite of mine.
I’m not positive but this may be the first and last cover that General Sunderland (white figure, in devil costume) appears on. Based on the giant eye on his forehead, you’d think he was transformed into one of the alien’s minions but fear not, the cover doesn’t quite reflect what happens inside. side note: I could watch Swamp Thing break out of wooden cargo containers all day. « Read the rest of this entry »
June 16, 2015 § Leave a comment
Cerebus 82 (1986)
“Sump Thing” is back, in Cerebus 82. Last time we saw this Swamp Thing parody, it was at the bottom of a well, having muck encrusted intercourse with parody Man-thing. In this issue, the two are fused together. Sump Thing now goes by the name, Fred. « Read the rest of this entry »
June 15, 2015 § Leave a comment
Action Comics 600 (1988)
80 pages of golden anniversary goodness and all I care about is the cover of the Boston Reporter.
Action Comics 600 features some odd first date encounters and typical Darkseid mayhem.
…er… « Read the rest of this entry »
June 11, 2015 § Leave a comment
Topp-Serien 7 (1977) Sweden
From what I could find, Topp-Serien means top series and the book is one of my favorite non-US publications in my collection. The book was published in Sweden and features Swamp Thing #15 (series 1)
It’s great to see Nestor Redondo’s title page re-imagined for a cover. The cover design feels more like a movie poster than a comic book.
Tränsk Mannen translates to “swamp man”. Svart Maggi means “black magic”.
I forgot that series one featured a helicopter/lasso kidnapping. We see the same unorthodox abduction method in Swamp Thing 6 (series 2).
June 10, 2015 § Leave a comment
June 1, 2015 § Leave a comment
The Saga of the Swamp Thing 6 (1982)
Sins of the Water
One of my favorite Swamp Thing covers. Eyeball tipped tentacles would be terrifying but Swampy handles it with grace.
Dr. Barclay, Liz Tremayne and Swampy drive back to North Carolina to find out where Casey (the telepathic child) has disappeared to. We quickly find out that Casey’s name is Karen and Dr. Barclay finds Karen’s mother still recuperating after being shot by her husband (SOTST #1)
Karen’s mother gives Dr. Barclay a medallion to help find her daughter…
… to have her killed. « Read the rest of this entry »
June 1, 2015 § Leave a comment
This weekend, I ventured to Iowa for O Comic Con!
to take part in my first comic convention. It was a whole lot of fun and I got to meet some great people. I was a little surprised at how many attendees didn’t know who Swamp Thing was but I was more than willing to give them a quick history lesson.
Phil Hester had a booth and I was able to catch up with him for a little while. He drew this killer Swampy sketch for me.
I also ran into Jeremy Haun and had him sign Constantine #22 (Swampy was in it).
To fully experience the convention, I participated in the costume contest. I sculpted, painted and then sewed my Swamp Thing mask to a ghillie suit hood. I am proud of the results but can’t say that I’d want to wear it for another 8 hour day. As you can imagine, it was extremely hot. Below are some pictures of the process. I used paper mâché clay, a coat hanger for framing and acrylic paint. « Read the rest of this entry »