Swamp Thing Amongst the Snark and Fuss

Comixscene 6 (September-October 1973)

Traveling back to 1973, this issue of Comixscene is full of John Carter, comics news, snark, strong opinions and a couple fun Swamp Thing mentions.D5B5CFB9-4B42-48BF-AD5A-09E06FA70733
Cover

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Interior Spread

Around this time (September-October of 1973), Swamp Thing was appearing in his first cameo in the form of a carnival statue in, Superboy #198 “The Fatal Five Who Twisted Time”. Within the Swamp Thing series, issue #6 “A Clockwork Horror” was being released. The Comixscene Editorial section was abuzz in response to Joe Brancatelli’s column, “Ten Most Powerful Men in Comics” from Inside Comix #1. Jim Steranko invited Marvel Editor (at the time), Roy Thomas to respond to the column. Below are some of his fun, painfully honest and cringe worthy answers.

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Thomas continues, pointing out Brancatelli’s errors and inaccuracies, but not without being a little self deprecating.

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Below, Thomas mentions the Man-Thing & Swamp Thing origin similarities. His compliment to Berni and Len almost gets lost as he continues to eviscerate Brancatelli’s presumptuous and inaccurate column.
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Below, Thomas finalizes his response and sticks the landing by quoting Amazing Fantasy #15. I’m not sure what he wrote could be described as cordial though.
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The second and final Swamp Thing mention in this newspaper style comics magazine comes by way of the National News section. Berni & Len’s “unabated” success is mentioned but not without a snarky remark regarding Len’s busy panels.

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This issue of Comixscene is filled with a lot more comics news but that’s it for Swamp Thing references. Until next time, thanks for reading. -John

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