An All-time Swamp Thing Reunion via Scooby-Doo

Scooby-Doo Team-Up 40 (2018)
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It’s a team-up and reunion of epic proportions for Swamp Thing and his friends. Swampy fans will enjoy revisiting some old friends…
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Sholly Fisch kicks the book off with a tip of the hat to Alan Moore and it is wonderful. The elaborate, poetic description works as a fun flashback for Swamp Thing fans, as if revisiting the era of issue 34. I was truly elated opening to the first page to see the writing style.
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Fisch provides a number of glorious Swamp Thing moments in this book. He makes my year by creating a fun connection between the Swamp Thing and Scooby-Doo Universes. Below, Shaggy mentions that Chester Williams is his uncle. I nearly fell out of my chair in excitement; such a fun pairing between the two hippies. For those not familiar, Chester is an old friend of Swamp Thing and Abby, since he first appeared in Swamp Thing 43 (1985). He’s one of my favorite characters and am so happy to see him back, sharing pages with Swamp Thing.
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Scooby and the crew are down in Louisiana looking to solve the mystery of rumored zombies within the swamp. They’re quickly alerted to a group of brainwashed workers held captive by a Voodoo Queen. It’s a typical, entertaining Scooby-Doo plot filled with numerous special guests. The Swamp Thing themed scenario is a walk down memory lane for fans of Alan Moore era Swampy.
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The book has more twists than a pig’s tail. Eluding the zombies, Scooby and crew look for help from an old swamp friend but Solomon Grundy is on the scene as well.

The gang takes a break to introduce the origins of Swampy and Grundy.
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Velma and Daphne reminisce about swamp creatures, mistaking Swamp Thing for Swampthing from Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf animated movie from 1988. Swamp Monsters have a long history within literature and film.
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Swamp Thing puts a stop to Grundy and works on finding a solution to the zombiefied residents of Louisiana.
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Velma is picking up on what Swamp Thing is putting down.
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The icing on the cake comes when Abby, Chester and Swamp Thing are reunited. The three have not appeared on the same page for decades and it’s a great moment for Swampy fans. The story plays out like a fantastic animated episode. This issue was one of the most fun Swampy related stories I’ve read in a while. It was a great cameo and done very well by the creative team involved.
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Swamp Thing and the SDCC

There were a number of notable Swamp Thing moments at San Diego Comic Con this year and I’m excited to share my findings. Although I didn’t attend, I was in touch with various folks that did and there were some fun sightings!

DC Comics Swamp Thing Experience
At SDCC, DC comics created an off-site event to promote its upcoming online streaming service and by all accounts, it wasn’t very informative. A mini maze, decorated to look like a swamp that included lush vegetation, props and cast members, acted as a fun teaser for the upcoming live-action Swamp Thing series. Below are some images sent to me by fellow Swamp Thing fan, Erica who was on location for the event.
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The DC Experience provided some hype and excitement going forward into the launch of DC’s streaming service. It also put Swamp Thing into the limelight at one of the largest comics related conventions in the world. Doom Patrol, Teen Titans and Harley Quinn were also part of the DC experience. I’ve not seen any images from those specific attractions but look forward to more as images from the convention emerge.

Note: Yesterday, the website Geeks World Wide posted the following information relating to the Swamp Thing series. “production start is expected to begin on September 10th in Wilmington… Casting is well underway and we expect to start hearing announcements very soon.” click here to read more.
Although news has been slow to be released for a show that will be shooting in September, it will be extremely exciting to see developments as September approaches.

Injustice Swamp Thing Figure
Along with the DC Experience, a Swamp Thing collectible was unveiled at SDCC. Hiya Toys announced and displayed an Injustice Swamp Thing figure. Slated to be relaeased in the winter/spring of 2018/2019, the figure comes with a wooden club and additional hands. The 4″ action figure looks beautifully sculpted, and is an exciting new direction for Swamp Thing figures.
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Twixt Two Worlds 3

Twixt Two Worlds #3

Swamp Thing alum, Thomas Yeates released another installment of Twixt Two Worlds recently and I was excited to obtain a signed copy. The book features some of Yeates’ convention sketches commissioned by Dwayne Covey.
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Swamp Thing kicks things off!
On the inside cover Swamp Thing does his best Clint’s Eastwood, looking contemplative and badass wearing this Spring’s freshest moss fashions.
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Yeates and the convention sketch…
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Yeates pays tribute to Bernie Wrightson, mentioning his great influence at an early stage in his artistic development. The image featured in the book inspired Thomas Yeates to work in a more bold/graphic manner in doing quick convention sketches.
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Below are just a few of my favorite pages and characters from the book. Yeate’s ink and brush work is fantastic. A few pencil spreads are featured as well. I recommend picking the book up to see the rest of his amazing commission sketches. Signed copies may still be available. To order your copy, visit Bud’s Art Books.
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Swamp Thing: Dad & Super Hero

Dad is a Super Hero (2018)

Swamp Thing popped up in the Father’s Day book, “Dad is a Super Hero” from Hallmark Gift Books earlier this year. Swamp Thing appears alongside various DC superheroes like Batman, Flash, Superman, Aquaman, etc.
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I snapped a few photos of my favorite pages, below.
… it’s an 80-page Father’s Day card.
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To order the book, visit Hallmark here.

Sitting in on Wednesday Comics Bookclub

Listen to the episode here.
Last week the guys from Wednesday Comics had me on the show to discuss their latest book club trade paperback, Saga of the Swamp Thing! The fellas learn about the world of Swampy through the lense of Alan Moore and we discuss each issue.

“It’s a mystical poem… it’s so good” –Garrett Walz

If you’re not listening to the Wednesday Comics Podcast you’re missing out on a fun, insightful, comics based conversation with long time friends, Marvin, Garrett and Alex. They’ve had me on their show numerous times and it’s always an honor. Their  shows are available weekly and are a huge help on keeping up to speed on all the great comics comics out. You can subscribe to the Wednesday Comics Podcast here.
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Provided are links to each issue I’ve written about in the past: Saga of the Swamp Thing 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27.

Swamp Thing Die-Cast Bootleg

My new favorite Swamp Thing collectible is a metal, die-cast, UK bootleg figure. It arrived in the mail yesterday and I can’t stop admiring it. I’ve been looking for bootleg Swamp Thing figures for a while now and this is the closest one (of quality) I’ve come across. The figurine measures just under 2” tall and is hand-painted. The only marks identifying the producer of this awesome figurine is the word “unicorn” etched onto the bottom of the little platform.
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Garbage Mag 1

Garbage Mag 1 (1985)

I found this French entertainment magazine/fanzine a little over a year ago and am excited to finally share it with you. As you can see from the cover, the book is packed with awesome interviews and articles. I’m extremely pleased with the killer content. The book had a limited run of 1,500 copies.
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The table of contents features an awesome Dave Stevens (The Rocketeer) Batman sketch.
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The magazine houses a couple awesome Swamp Thing features, the first being “The Swamp Thing Report”. I’m as dismayed as you are, I’m still in the process of translating (from French to English) all of the content.
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“The Swamp Thing Report” features some amazing sketches by Stephen Bissette and John Totleben.
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