Swamp Thing Giveaway!

This week we celebrated Swamp Thing’s 50th birthday by hosting a virtual birthday party. Next week I’ll be continuing the festivities by holding a great big Swamp Thing giveaway!

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As a thank you to all those who visit this site and its corresponding social media avenues, I’ll be giving one lucky person a great big care package of Swamp Thing goodness. The giveaway will include Swamp Thing comics, Holland Files fanzines, Swamp Thing collectibles, a Swamp Thing Fanclub mug and more! To spread the cheer, 2 other lucky people will be randomly selected to receive copies of the Holland Files Swamp Thing fanzine.

How do you enter to win all this Swamptastic stuff? All you need to do  is comment on this post. Let me know your favorite story/book that Swamp Thing has appeared in. I’ll be picking the 3 winners Saturday,  June 5th on World Environment Day. Be sure to visit this site next Saturday for the list of winners. Thank you so much for swinging by and I can’t wait to read your fun answers. Swamp Thing has a long history of fantastic appearances to draw from.

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125 thoughts on “Swamp Thing Giveaway!

  1. My most favorite is #53 The Garden of Earthly Delights. I accidentally stumbled upon it and fell madly in love with everything Swamp Thing.

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    1. 49-63 is such a wild wild ride. but 53-56 is so GOOD. the way it shows swamp things Love for abigail, and what he will do and what he is capable of. Batman dealing with the Elemental and the fun throwback to the brave and the bold! AHHH. then they go to that issue about abigail and liz and usually that would probably be seen as random but its like the opposite of swamp thing wanting to free abigail, its about a psycho husband that wants to capture and imprison as a form of love. then SPACE .

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  2. I must admit I’m a bit of a neophyte when it comes to Swamp Thing. I really like the character but haven’t read that much yet. But from what I’ve read I really liked Vol 2 Issue 21 Anatomy Lesson. Everything just clicked in that issue. It’s almost poetic in its construction and is what really sold me on the concept of the character.

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  3. One of the more recent runs for me; absolutely loved the Charles Soule/Jesus Saiz books and the different visuals for Swampy over the course of the run. I know its being collected alongside the Snyder stories but I’d love to see Soule’s run get its own standalone treatment.

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  4. My favorite Swamp-Thing story is Rites of Spring by Alan Moore with pencils by Steve Bissette. I apologize for not listing the other credits of this fine work. They can be found here:

    https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Swamp_Thing_Vol_2_34

    This story highlights The Swamp-Thing’s pure kindness through his love for Abbey; it features their first admission of love for one another in Moore’s run.

    The Swamp-Thing connects amorously with Abbey by feeding her a potato of sorts, plucked from his body; Abbey and The Swamp-Thing make love via this organic consumptive connection as her consciousness drifts into the psychedelic world of the green, becoming engulfed by the Swamp-Thing’s powerful connection to the photosynthetic universe.

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  5. Im an old Swamp Thing guy and my favorite has always been #3 from the first series. For some reason that book has always been my favorite.

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  6. I have so many but my top 2 are issue 159 Swamp Dog because its so odd and I like the idea of secret societies. The 2nd is the first episode of the animated series because it was my first experience with anythong comic related. It got me into Swamp Thing and comics in general.

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  7. Wicked contest!!
    One of my favorite Swamp Thing stories is “The Garden of Earthly Delights” where he (SPOILER ALERT) takes over Gotham City with flora and threatens mankind to get back Abby. Real power move for Swampy!

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  8. Swamp Thing works best as a horror book, and my favorites will always be the original Wein/Wrightson run, followed closely by Moore’s run in the 80s.

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  9. I thoroughly enjoyed the New 52 run, particularly The Rotworld saga with Animal Man. It added great drama and contrast when Abby took over her father’s reign and she and Swampy could not physically be there. Also I think Swamp Thing is at his best when there’s horror elements and that is definitely present in the Rotworld arc.

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  10. Favorite? How could you possible pick? So many amazing stories over 50 years. That said, I’ll always have a soft spot for Swamp Thing 49/50, with Constantine, Zatanna, Etrigan and basically serving as a precursor to Justice League Dark. Alan Moore was the among the first to realize the power of the crossover’s of DC’s mystic entities, and it was so perfect that it all came through Swamp Thing.

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  11. My favorite story is from Saga of the Swamp Thing 21. This was my first Swampy issue(and first comic overall) as a kid. It’s what started my comic book obsession. I must have read that issue 100 times and I still have my original copy!

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  12. I know my favorite is saga of the swamp thing book one that contains issues 20-27 and issue #21 starts off with the anatomy lesson this is just pure awesomeness of the origin of the swamp thing by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, and John Totleben. I had the original books as a kid and later sold them but I’ve been working on a complete run Saga of the Swamp thing I also really enjoyed the Winter special and root of all evil.

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  13. “The Anatomy Lesson” is, hands down, my favorite Swamp Thing comic and perhaps my single favorite all-time comic. The script is perfect, having the ability to stand as an engrossing piece of writing divorced from the images drawn for it. I read it multiple times a year to remind myself of what great writing is and can be.

    Following that, “Heroes of the Revolution”. Flat out gorgeous Tom Yeates artwork. Tomahawk! Colonial Jason Blood! Giant bat creatures! All put in place by an excellent script by Rick Veitch. Of all the time travel issues in that arc, it’s my favorite of the bunch.

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  14. One of my fav swamp thing I’d new 52 rotworld because It introduced me to the world of swampy and let Mr in to so many great writers and stories! Plus one of my fav villans as well Anton

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  15. “Down Amongst the Dead Men” and the surrounding issues; Moore and co. play with such cool DC characters while telling a very unique story.

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  16. Swamp Thing vol.2 #56 My Blue Heaven
    My introduction to Swamp Thing. An unusual place to start, but as a kid, it paved an avenue to allow me to think outside the box. Swampy in space, a deep psychological horror story and absolute masterpiece.

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  17. I can’t possibly pick a favorite, but five that I like a lot (in no particular order) are “My Blue Heaven”; “Pog”; the very first Wein/Wrightson issue; #15 of the 2004 series (Dysart/Breccia, with the introduction of Jordan Schiller); and the 2018 Winter Special (King/Fabok).

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  18. Hard to pick just one, but I love Pog, as well as the arc where ol’ Swampy invades Gotham.

    I really enjoyed how his actions, while drastic, didn’t outright harm any innocents, and served to essentially deconstruct contemporary modern/urban life and show the benefits of a more harmoniously natural existence. Seeing the people of Gotham revelling in their sort of unexpected Eden is wonderful because it shows that although nature is savage and unyielding, there is beauty and peace to be found in that savagery if one is prepared to work within the ecosystem as opposed to fighting against it.

    I also really enjoyed how Batman eventually came around to seeing that Swampy and Abby weren’t doing anything wrong and his subtle reference to the ramifications of trying to prosecute either of them would lead to far larger issues down the line.

    That and seeing a MASSIVE Swamp Thing skeleton homunculus herald walking through Gotham was badass.

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  19. Mine’s a tie between Swamp Thing Annual 2 “Down Amongst the Dead Men” and #56 “My Blue Heaven”. The first was the culmination of the very first Swamp Thing story I read, while the second was a beautiful tale of what loneliness and heartbreak can do to a person.

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  20. I love the Still Waters/Fish Story 2-parter. I really like how it’s a callback to a story earlier in the series before Alan Moore took over and how he was able to expand upon what came before to tell an amazingly unique vampire story. But most of all, it has the most fist-pumping, “wow, this is amazing” moment of the character’s history up to that point with him expanding his consciousness to take over the vegetation on the natural dam and then just needing to “shrug his shoulders” to defeat the monsters. This was the first time it hit me just how powerful Swamp Thing really is. Dang, now I want to reread it again. lol

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  21. Swamp Thing #10 of the original series is one of my favorite covers, ever. Bernie’s imagination on the Un-Men and Arcane just blew my 10 year old mind. A high point for a master.

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  22. My favorite is Swamp Thing #48. That was the first issue I read, after seeing the cartoon and both movies. I was still fairly young, not yet in my teens. None of those prepared me for that issue. I had nightmares about turning into a bird for weeks afterwards. It made me a fan for life.

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  23. The first graphic novel/trade paperback I ever purchased was vol. 2 of Moore’s run, Love and Death.

    It was a revelation on many levels, the first time I’d read non-single-issue comics and my first encounter with Moore’s work and with Swamp Thing aside from the films.

    I was fifteen years old and it changed my life forever.

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  24. I have to agree with a few who said “the Garden of Earthly Delights”. The whole Moore run is a masterpiece of macabre writing and should be read by all comic fans. It truly is a fantastic arc without a “main” villain of any type.

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  25. Swamp Thing # 37 – “Growth Patterns” – First appearance of John Constantine, my second favourite character next to Swamp Thing. Alan Moore delivers another masterpiece with art by Veitch/Totleben.

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  26. Growing up in the late ’80s and early ’90s, I *LOVED* watching the original Swamp Thing tv series on USA. Looking back, it might have been the only show that my whole family would watch together and actually like.

    Anyway, as far as comics stories go, it might be a bit of a cliché but Alan Moore’s run in ’84(-ish?) is hard to beat. “A plant that thinks it’s Alec Holland” – I mean, COME ON. That’s still cool.

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  27. Swampy has some many great moments, it’s really hard to pick one. I really liked when he and Killer Croc got into it and he ended up telling Croc he could just live out the rest of his days in the bayou (too bad it didn’t last though). I also really enjoyed Swamp Thing eating Superman to knock some sense into him, the psychedelic fruit sex scene, Swampy’s interaction with the purple space worms, hunting down the jerkass who murdered an old lady, and the moment when Batman explains that, if he wanted to, Swamp Thing could kill everyone on Earth by messing with our gut flora.

    But I REALLY loved when he explains to Woodrue that plants cannot survive without animals to create carbon dioxide. Like, that sudden realization shows Woodrue how stupid his plan truly was. It’s so simple but it has such a great impact on the story.

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  28. My personal favorite has always been issue #2 with the un-men and Arcane. Alex Holland’s choice to remain the swamp thing was a highlight of the story. The artwork was great throughout.

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  29. Hi John, my favorite has got to be Saga of the Swamp Thing Vol I by Alan Moore. It’s just a masterpiece. A close second is the ST Winter special with art by Jason Fabok. Congrats on 6K! Later, John ✌🏼

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  30. When Holland’s skeleton showed up in Brightest Day I couldn’t believe it!! I was so jazzed. I was working at a comic shop and I told everyone that came it that day to buy the book.

    There are so many other great Swampy central stories, but him being the cornerstone of that event made me so happy!

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  31. I’ve read most of the comments here and many that’ve been listed are some very great Swampy moments indeed! I’m certainly partial to Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing. Any time the pyscodelic yams are present is hard to beat.

    One of my favorite moments is ‘Ghost Dance’ from Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing #45. The cover art is a well designed image of a haunted house by Stephen Bissette (Pencils) and John Totleben (Inks). In the story you can witness something like a twisted ‘Scooby Doo’ episode featuring our favorite Swamp monster. It all feels very stand alone and I love the historical aspect to it as well.

    All in all, Swamp Thing comics rule and the messages gleaned from their pages are timeless and beautiful. I am glad to see that many others here agree!

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  32. How to choooooose…. Hmm I’d have to say my favorite Swamp Thing appearance was in Hellblazer vol1 #63 March, 1993. It was John’s 40th bday n Swamp Thing was a total friend and grew John a huge Marijuana plant for his party. It was so sweet and one of the few times they actually had a friend moment lol

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  33. Alan Moore’s run is definitely amazing and I actually quite liked the new 52 series but I’d have to say for me, my favourite story/stories are from the original first 10 issues of Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson’s run. That classic horror writing of Wein’s hand in hand with Wrightson’s art is next level amazing, and probably the reason the character became so popular over time. I’m 4 issues away from collecting the complete 25 issues of volume1, it’s been hard to find decent copies in Australia but have had some great help from my lcs acquiring mid to high grade books, can’t wait to finish it.

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  34. Without a doubt Alan Moore’s run in my opinion is the most iconic Swamp Thing story line. Not only did he kill the character but he rewrote who he was. Plus I mean he introduced Constantine, need I say more?

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  35. Saga of the Swamp Thing #3 sticks out in my head, it was the first issue I ever picked up. Alec traveling around in a box car and lands in a town with vampires. The sequence that I really remember is when a vamp bites his neck at one point and spits out sap. Hilarious.

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  36. My favourite is “The Anatomy Lesson” by Alan Moore (The Saga of The Swamp Thing 21, February 1984). It is just an amazing and beautiful story. But I love everything by Alan Moore to be honest. 🙂

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  37. Swamp Thing, Vol 2 issue 64, “Return of the Good Gumbo”
    This hit me right in the heart strings. Swampy has finally made it back to earth after being lost in space and having encounters with Adam Strange and briefly, Darkseid. The joy is felt here and for every story that paints Swamp Thing as a horror book, there is a story like this painting it in all the colours of love. In this issue, you can find my favourite quote, not just in comics but in literature, when Swamp Thing says to Abby, “Through all my lonely orbiting… You were the planet… I the satellite… Until your gravity reclaimed… Brought me home.” It is one of the sweetest reunions for two characters I and many of us are completely invested in.

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  38. One of my favorite stories was in the first run of Swampy. A mob of people are angry and attacking Swamp Thing and a woman and child. He’s silently defending the two behind him in what I see to be the most noble of efforts.

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