Batman Villains: Secret Files & Origins

Batman Villains: Secret Files & Origins 1 (1998)

My plan is to write a Swampy/Poison Ivy story but in the meantime I’m hunting down her many appearances, reading through her chronology and taking notes.
In my attempt to track down Poison Ivy’s chronology I stumbled upon a tiny Swamp Thing appearance by Tom Mandrake. Swampy fans will recall Mandrake’s time on  Swamp Thing; for about 10 issues, ranging from ’86-’92.

This book  is full of  notable villains. I came looking for Ivy, I left with a Swamp Thing collectible to add to the collection.

Swamp Thing sits in the background of Black Masks’ file. The background is a crowd made-up of various DC characters; villains and heroes.

Mandrake’s Swampy is sandwiched between Frankenstein and Batman. It’s an interesting depiction. He looks smooth and slightly phallic.


Swampy & JLA

Justice League of America 117 (1975)
I Have No Wings And I Must Fly!

The JLA have no Swamp Thing and Thomas Adams from Medford, New Jersey is jonesing for an appearance via The JLA Mail Room.

While Mr Adams was hoping for a Swamp Thing appearance in 1975, Swamp Thing 15, The Soul-Spell of Father Bliss would have been hitting the shelves around the same time.

Thomas wrote into The JLA Mail Room to recommend an appearance by some of his favorite characters. He wasn’t the only one. At least a dozen other fans recommend their favorite characters, hoping the letters page would answer their JLA team-up dreams.
Editor Rob Rozakis responds to fans. Continue reading “Swampy & JLA”

Underground Inc podcast

Underground Inc Podcast came to town!

Before I jump into the fun weekend I had with the guys from the Underground Inc podcast, there’s still time to pre-order an issue of the Holland Files Swamp Thing fanzine. There aren’t many left but books are still available. Email me at JohnEBoylan(at)Gmail(dot)com to reserve yours today!

This weekend, Ben and Billy of Underground Inc drove up from Iowa to tour my collection and chat about Swamp Thing. Along with an interview, we recorded a commentary while watching The Return of Swamp Thing movie. We had a great time and audio audio from their visit will be available soon. Go to Underground Inc for more info.
During their visit the guys recorded a couple Facebook videos. The first is at home with my collection.
BDC2ADA0-A920-49C8-B68A-77EBCF29FC68 Continue reading “Underground Inc podcast”

Holland Files #1 Pre-Order is Here!

I’m extremely honored to announce that the 80-page, debut issue of Holland Files -an international Swamp Thing fanzine- is now available for pre-order! Swamp Thing’s forty-six year history has been crafted by renowned artists and writers. A number of those greats have contributed to this book. Swamp Thing professionals and fans from around the world have come together to share their love for the muck-encrusted mockery of a man. This books acts as a way to carry on Swamp Thing’s legacy as well as a thank you to all those who have shared in the joy and excitement that the character has inspired.

For $10 you will receive the debut issue of the Holland Files, a Swamp Thing Fanclub button, a Swamp Thing Fanclub membership card as well as free shipping within the United States. Unfortunately, there will be a shipping fee for International customers based upon destination.

To order your copy, email me at JohnEBoylan(AT)Gmail(DOT)com where I will provide secure payment instructions and gather your shipping information. Pre-ordered books will ship during the month of March.