Guinness Book of World Records 2018

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A friend excitedly messaged me earlier today saying he was at his son’s school book fair. He sent the following image, tipping me off that I should go pick up the new 2018 Guinness Book of a World Records!
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Swampy made the cut! Doesn’t hurt that I got in on the action as well.

The folks at Guinness let you know—during the record setting process—that you’re not guaranteed to be in, or mentioned in any of their publications. Makes sense, seeing that their are hundreds of thousands of wacky records out there. But, they also don’t let you know if you did make it in the book. So when and if you do make it in the book, it comes as a complete shock. A small blurb about my collection was in the 2017 Guinness book but this year one of my photos was included. I’m extremely proud to help put Swamp Thing out their for folks to see and get to know.

The Swamp Thing feature is part of the “Superheroes” section of the book. It’s so cool! Check out this guy’s Batman collection!
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A Two-page Superheroes Timeline features notable comic characters throughout history. And look who pops up in 1971…
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SWAMP THING!
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I need to go back and give the book a thorough read. I wouldn’t be surprised if Swampy is mentioned again. The book is full of awesome comics stuff!

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Harlan Ellis weighs in on Swamp Thing

Miriad 6 (Winter 1981)

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This Canadian sifi magazine is the newest addition to my collection. It’s filled with great quotes from the film’s producers, Michael Ulsan and Benjamin Melniker, Swamp Thing co-creator Len Wein, as well as noted writer, Harlan Ellison!
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After hearing of Len’s passing last weekend, Ellison’s praise for Bernie, Len & Joe ring out. A beautiful honor to the men who opened up the world to me; not only within the books they crafted but in my day to day. I have a laundry list of reasons why their creation has improved my life. At the top of the list is my experiences with you all; being able to share my passion with fellow Swamp Thing fans from around the world.
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The article was written prior to Durock assuming the role of Swamp Thing, leaving Dick without credit as playing Swampy. As most of you know, Durock replaced Ray Wise after looking much better as the title character.
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Author and publisher of Miriad, Kevin Davies provides an abbreviated yet concise history of Swamp Thing, from creation leading up to the feature film. I pulled some of my favorite quotes and insightful bits.
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Davies analyzes significant differences between the comic and film adaptation.
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Continue reading “Harlan Ellis weighs in on Swamp Thing”

Farewell Len

earlier today, Len Wein passed on. There is so much to say about his greatness and contributions to comics, literature and culture; but I’m having a difficult time wrapping my brain around his abrupt passing. I don’t think I can put words together to do Len the justice his greatness deserves. It’s a sad day and Len will be greatly missed. He and Bernie opened up a world to me that changed my life, and has allowed me to express myself on this site, and meet all of you.

thank you, Len

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The Event 6

The Event 6, volume 4 (1991)

I recently purchased a lot of comic related promo newspapers; a few Comic Shop News and a couple Event papers. Unfortunately Swamp Thing doesn’t appear in any of the other papers except for this, Event 6.
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The cover of this entertainment newspaper features a collage of notable comic book charters much like a Comics Buyers Guide. It’s pretty easy to spot the various, notable artist’s work throughout. I was excited to add this paper to my collection because of Bissette’s Swamp Thing in the corner. The artwork -originally appearing in ST series 2- has been used for various DC house ads in the past.
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The Event was a free entertainment newspaper focused on all the action going on in Wasatch county, Utah.
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Typically the paper doesn’t feature a bunch of funny book characters running wild on the cover. The cover story, “A Brief History of Comic Books” provides an overview of comic book history Continue reading “The Event 6”

Alec and Moore on tubers

Comic Book Comics 5 (2011)

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Comic Book Comics chronicles the history of comics and in this issue, copyrights and intellectual property is the focus.
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There goes the neighborhood…
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the book spends some time discussing the wave of great U.K. talent that rose to prominence in the 80s and 90s., along with the hurtles they encountered with their intellectual property. Continue reading “Alec and Moore on tubers”