Swamp Thing & Superman, Passengers on the SS Arkham UFO

Superman The Man of Steel #104 “Bounty: Man of Steel – No Axioms” (September 2000)

In this issue, Superman & Swamp Thing pass each other like two ships in the night. Swampy only shows up in one panel but he looks great. Doug Mahnke is on pencils. Tom Nguyen and John McCrea are the inkers.

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Superman and Swamp Thing are aboard the S.S. Arkham. The flying detainment facility is dubbed the UFO of irrationality. Superman is being detained for being rational.

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After his evaluation from Dr Skizm, Superman is sent to the rational ward of the UFO. It’s where the “perverts—your fellow scientists and skeptical scum” are held.

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While pondering his conundrum, Superman wonders the rational ward. While doing so, he passes Swamp Thing whose getting advice.

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Two inmates suggest to Swamp Thing that he try aromatherapy and psychotherapy (rebirthing) for what ails him. The rebirthing suggestion is funny, knowing that Swamp Thing can regrow himself anywhere he pleases.

This Swampy cameo is surely an appearance for fun and doesn’t affect Swamp Thing continuity. This book was published the same month as, Swamp Thing #5 “Burning Down the House” (Series 3). At this time, Swampy was taking a break from the comic book kingdom for the most part. Around this time, he only showed up in brief cameos and books based on Elseworld stories. You can reference the Vertigo Era: ’93-’10 appearance list, here.

 But, it would be fun to imagine how and why Swamp Thing would allow himself to be held captive on the ship. 

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Swamp Thing and Rose & Thorn, Spoken of Fondly

Green Lantern #108 “Our Mother’s Names” (Volume 3) January 1999

Even though Swamp Thing is barely mentioned in this book, it seemed fitting to post it on Mother’s Day. There’s a lot of mom talk, family drama and a few really fun character mentions.

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As to not bury the lead, Swamp This is referenced on the last page of the book. His name isn’t mentioned but Wonder Woman alludes to him in saying, “There’s something called the Green that a friend from the swamps has told me of…”

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This fun issue of Green Lantern features Jennifer-Lynn Hayden (as Green Lantern), Wonder Woman and a really cool plant villain named Spore. The book also features mentions of two of my favorite characters, Swamp Thing and Rose & Thorn.

I got into the character Rose & Thorn by being a Poison Ivy completist. Poison Ivy appears in Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane #115 & #116 along with Rose & Thorn. The two characters are pitted against each other in those very early ‘70s appearances and I came to appreciate the vigilante, plant based powers of the Thorn.

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Scot Eaton Original Swamp Thing #130 Art

Yesterdays mail delivery was the icing on the cake to a great week. I’ve been enjoying posting more frequently. It’s fun interacting with so many fellow Swampy fans on Instagram & Twitter. It’s convenient that Swamp Thing collectibles are a fun escape from a busy work week, and I’ll be a bit busier in the future. My wife and I are expecting our first child and I’m excited to help introduce the little guy into our world. I’m guessing posts will be limited but only time will tell. I’m thrilled for what’s to come and I can’t make promises but he might turn into a great Swamp Thing kidswear model (Apparel). Now, without further ado…

Featuring Scot Eaton on Pencils, Kim DeMulder playing Inks. Swamp Thing #130, page 16 arrived in the mail Saturday afternoon and I’m  thrilled to frame it.

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Below is the page from the comic. The colored page isn’t as striking as the inked illustration.

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I’ve been on the lookout for another original page with Abby and Swamp Thing prominently featured on the page. The strength of dialogue and emotion that Waid & Eaton depict here stunning. Other Abby/Swampy pages I’ve been fortunate enough to acquire art by Phil Hester, Here along with pages 9 and 10 of issue #161. I’ll post detailed info of the pages in the future, until then here’s a link. Continue reading “Scot Eaton Original Swamp Thing #130 Art”

Scarce #12 Swamp Thing is in France

Scarce #12 (1987) – French Fanzine

I’ve been on the lookout for this awesome French book for a few years. I first found out about it when someone posted an image of it on Twitter. The 43-page, magazine sized book features an awesome Swamp Thing cover. The artwork is not original to this book, but a cropped image from the Swamp Thing series.

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Another wonderful French book that I’ll need to have translated! Luckily though, I’ve read that the Scarce Alan Moore interview was not an original interview for this book and it was circulated around various European publications. I’ve no doubt it’s published in English in another book I have, so I’ll need to do some digging this weekend. Continue reading “Scarce #12 Swamp Thing is in France”

Swamp Thing Tab & \ Keycap

Artist and toy maker, Neil Ewing might have handcrafted the most wonderfully obscure item to my collection. I’m thrilled to have his custom keyboard capThe cap is hand cast, glow in the dark, neon green resin, with second cast neon red eyes. That’s a mouthful but this little Swamp Thing face is pretty damn adorable and unique. It’s limited to 10 units. There may be more available on Neil’s site, here.

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Sized for 1.5U for tab & \ keycaps. I wasn’t sure what a u is but found the following info online. “1u is a standard alpha keycap size. 1.5 is the standard tab or pipe key size.” Continue reading “Swamp Thing Tab & \ Keycap”

DC in the 80s Fanzine: Baxter Stock

Mark from DC in the 80s sent me all 3 issues of his awesome fanzine, Baxter Stock! Swamp Thing is featured on the cover of issue #3 and Rick Veitch is interviewed in issue #1. DC in the 80s posts really great content on Facebook and Twitter. I recommend checking out their website as well.486A1C09-2B29-4650-AC4C-08EC50F1AE22C5DC5CC2-6636-46EB-81D3-063309EC4F75

Josh Bayer illustrated Swamp Thing on issues #3, above. Below, “Vertigo Top 10” lists Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing run #1.

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Fanzines back in the day had really fun extras and Baxter Stock does not disappoint in representing the greatness. Below is an awesome Depeche Mode parody ad. Continue reading “DC in the 80s Fanzine: Baxter Stock”

The Grail Keepers Podcast

The Grail Keepers Podcast asked me to join their live YouTube show tomorrow night, Tuesday April, 6. I’m thrilled for the opportunity. They are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about comics, Swamp Thing and collectibles as a whole. Join us for a fun Swampy filled chat. Ask question, live while you watch. Watch live here.FE7153BE-5370-4D94-981C-3D48BE63C5B2

Matt hosts the show on his YouTube channel, Count Von Strange IV. You can keep up with the show on YouTube & Instagram.

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DC Editorial Presentation

“The Time is Right…” DC Comics 1994 Editorial Presentation

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Pal and purveyor of comics, John Nordstrom brought over a fun gift last night. It’s 336 pages of Editorial Presentation goodness and of course Swamp Thing made it in the book. In fact, this giant book contains a never before published illustration by Phil Hester.

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Amongst the seemingly endless spreads of upcoming comic books-which is all this book features-the Swampy illustration called to me! No, it didn’t but it certainly felt unfamiliar. So much so that I thumbed through every Swampy book that Phil Hester illustrated. Not finding it in his books, I figured I’d send a tweet to my friend, Phil. Below is his response.

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As always, he provides fun insight. Continue reading “DC Editorial Presentation”

The Comic Report Fanzine

I bought this lot of Comic Report fanzines to finally obtain issue #2, which features Swamp Thing on the cover. The Canadian zine from 1976 is produced by Jeff Zinger but features a great deal of artwork from Dave Sim and Gene Day.

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The Comic Report #2 – May 1976, cover by Dave Sim

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The interior features an illustration by Vince Lavarello. I think it’s Swamp Thing but your guess is as good as mine.

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House of Secrets & The Swamp Thing Letters

These two issues of House of Secrets host some of the earliest fan letters lauding Swamp Thing’s debut appearance in House of Secrets #92 (1971). The cover of House of Secrets 95 (January 1972) was illustrated by Nick Cardy. The cover of issue 96 (March 1972) was illustrated by Bernie Wrightson.

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House of Secrets 95 features more muck-monster love than 96. Fans fell quickly in love with Swamp Thing. Some fans were moved to tears.

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Miss Henry & students at Carleton University are big fans of DC apparently. Her letter warms my heart.

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The Swamp Thing love just keeps coming… Continue reading “House of Secrets & The Swamp Thing Letters”

Creation Convention ‘82 Program

Creation Convention ‘82 Program

This 14 page, 10 3/4″ x 7 1/4″ book features a 4 page interview with Caroline Munro, conducted by Adam Malin and sponsored by Caroline Munro Fan Club (Reading, PA). The program also contains artwork by various artists including Duval Sowers (cover),  T. Furry, Thomas Yeates (Swamp Thing!), Dave Simons, Ernie Chan & Rudy Nebres. Below are some images I took of the program.

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The 1982 Creation Entertainment Convention Promo Program was produced by Adam Malin & Gary Berman.

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The Swamp Thing illustration by Thom Yeates is from Swamp Thing 1 (series 2), it’s also the reason I own this book. 

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Direct Currents features DC Comics Presents #8

Direct Currents – What’s News From DC for January ‘79 (Vol. 1, #10 November 1978)

I’ve been lucky enough to find a number of DC’s Direct Currents but never one this old. Apparently DC Currents was a folded mailer in 1978 before growing up into a zine/book, as you can see here. I was thrilled to track down this issue because it features Swamp Thing. It highlights DC Comics Presents #8 (1979) The Sixty Deaths of Solomon Grundy. It’s fun to see Alec is spelled, “Alex” in the write-up. Folded, the piece measures 4 3/4” x 7”. Unfolded, it measures 13 3/4” x 28”. 

Back (folded)

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Front (folded)

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Side 1 (unfolded)

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Side 2 (unfolded) Continue reading “Direct Currents features DC Comics Presents #8”