Manusia Rawa #1 – Indonesian trading cards

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I was lucky enough to acquire another sheet of uncut Indonesian trading cards and am thrilled to share it with you. This sheet depicts the first installment of the narrative that continues in “Manusia Rawa” #2, which I posted a little while back. To get caught up, visit my previous post here. The storyline is poor, but it’s exciting to see young Jim (from the TV show) again. Manusia Rawa, sheets #1 & #2, seem to help explain Jim’s unfortunate departure from the television series.

I’ve provided a rough translation of the trading cards below. A very special think you goes out to Rich Handley for his help in translating. Throughout the sheet, Swamp Thing is referred to as Amos. I’m assuming “Amos” is being used in place of “Alec”.

The Cast:
Thub – Henchman
Jim – Kidnapped boy
Simon – Villain
Jane – Jim’s Mother
Jevry – Good Guy
Swamp Thing/Amos – duh

1.
Swamp Thing: “Manusia Rawa” translates to “Swamp Man”
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2.
Jevry: “Let’s go now”
Thub: “OK”
Caption: Jevry and Thub are work colleagues.

3.
Jevry: “Head in that direction.”
Caption: The cleaning boat traces the swamp.
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4.
Thub thinks, “A hard object…?”
Caption: He clears away the swamp dirt.

5.
Thub: “Huh??”
Caption: He helps Swamp Thing out of the boggy water.
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6.
Jevry: “We’ll sell the creature to Simon.”
Caption: Jevry intends to sell Swamp Thing.

7.
Jevry: “He is unconscious.”
Simon: “Bring it here.”
Caption: Jevry reports on Swamp Thing.
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8.
Simon: “Fast”
Caption: Simon orders him to take Swamp Thing in a truck.

9.
A friend? Swamp Thing is put in a cell.
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10.
Swamp Thing thinks, “Jim… Where is he?”
Caption: Swamp Thing remembers little Jim.

11.
Jane: “Swamp Thing must be released.”
Jim: “Poor Swamp Thing.”
Caption: Jim and his mother were confused.
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12.
Jim thinks, “I have to help him.”
Caption: Jim is sad because Swamp Thing has been captured.

13.
Jim: “We’ll infiltrate Simon’s place.”
Jane: “Agreed.”
Caption: Jim and his mother have a plan.
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14.
Jim: “We’ll watch from afar.”
Caption: Jim and his mother leave immediately.

15.
Jane: “We’ll stop here.”
Caption: They park behind the bushes.
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16.
Jim: “They’ve been here.”
Jane: “Tire tracks.”
Caption: Jim and Jane search for traces of Swamp Thing.

17.
Jane: “Be careful Jim”
Caption: Jane lurks from afar.
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18.
Caption: Other monsters are in the cages.

19.
Swamp Thing: “Jim.”
Jim: “I’ll find the key!”
Caption: Jim succeeded in finding Swamp Thing.
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20.
Jevry: “We should free Swamp Thing.”
Caption: Jevry accused Thub of betrayal.

21.
Thub: “Oww!”
Caption: Thub and Jevry quarrel.
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22.
Caption: They slug each other.

23.
Caption: Jim managed to obtain the key.
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24.
Swamp Thing: “I need water… I don’t feel right.”
Jim: “OH!”
Caption: Swamp Thing feels that his body is weak.

25.
Jailed Monster: “Open the lock and I’ll help you save Swamp Thing.”
Caption: The friend makes a suggestion.
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26.
Simon: “They’re free!!”
Caption: The freed monsters surprise Simon’s henchmen.

27.
Simon: “Damn!”
Caption: The monster is ready to attack.
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28.
Caption: Simon and his men are helpless against the monsters.

29.
Monster: “Quickly!”
Jim, Swamp Thing, and their new monster friend run away.
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30.
Jevry: “Where did they run to?”
Jim thinks, “Damn it.”
Caption: Jim sees the guard standing nearby.

31.
Swamp Thing: “Quickly.”
Caption: They quickly head for the truck.
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32.
Simon: “They’re getting away!”
Caption: Jim and Swamp Thing quickly drive away.

33.
“Hey, stop!”
Caption: The criminals have no chance of catching up.
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34.
“We’ve arrived.”
Caption: They arrive at the swamp.

35.
Jim: “The swamp waters will energize you.”
Caption: Swamp Thing quickly heads for the swamp.
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36.
Swamp Thing: “I feel refreshed.”
Jim: “Success.”
Caption: Swamp Thing is free to return to the swamp.

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