DC Heroes Role-Playing Game Starring Swamp Thing

DC Heroes Role-Playing Game – Second Edition (1989)
by Mayfair Games

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Sometimes Swamp Thing can be found in the strangest of places. Sometimes Swamp Thing pops-up in a game, and you have the game not to play but because it features a Swamp Thing character card that you just have to have. Sometimes being a completest can be a pain in the wallet. I kid but it is a substantial sized game set just for a really cool Swamp Thing card and a few mentions within the game manuals.

Swamp Thing character card
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I can’t find info on the artist responsible for the character cards. If anyone out there knows who illustrated the cards, please drop me a line.

Backside of character card
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All of Swamp Thing’s attributes and powers seem to check out on the back of the card, give or take a few variations in what we are accustomed to. His drawbacks include marriage and looking strange.

The game isn’t terribly difficult to find online but I did notice that the price has risen considerably, coming in at around $100.

The DC HEROES Role-Playing Game includes
* Read This First! booklet, with a Batman solitaire adventure
* The Rules Manual
* The Character Handbook
* The Background/Roster Book, including game statistics for over 250 characters and featuring essays by Robert Greenberger, Jack Kirby, Robert Kanigher, Neil Gaiman, Dan Jurgens, and Roger Stern
* Full-length JLI Adventure: Exposed.
* Action Wheel * Full-color Gamemaster’s Screen
* 75 Illustrated Character Cards, featuring Justice League America, Justice League Europe, the New Titans, the Suicide Squad, Watchmen, and more!

I shuffled through the 75 cards and pulled some of my favorites. The deck features a number of great Vertigo and DC characters, new and old.

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Below are a couple excerpts relating to Swamp Thing, from the game manuals. Much of the information from the character card is repeated within the profile excerpt, below.

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Below is an excerpt focused on The Parliament of Trees. The information helps to give players some context to Swamp Thing and his connection to the Earth.
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Swamp Thing Sweatshirt

Swamp Thing Sweatshirt – 1991

Just because it’s getting warmer outside doesn’t mean you need to put your cool clothes away!
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This kid-sized Swampy sweatshirt features artwork that’s been used on other Swamp Thing apparel before. I found a t-shirt with the same fighting, Swampy and Dr Deemo-looking Un-Man a few years ago.

Unfortunately all of the ST apparel was produced in youth sizes. These would be really popular and fun to wear as an adult/for adults.
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DC and LCA Entertainment Style Guide

DC and LCA Entertainment Style Guide (August 1990)

This beautiful, original style guide arrived in the mail yesterday and I’m extremely excited to share this rare gem with you. For those unfamiliar, a style guide exists to assist in maintaining a consist aesthetic within a brand. It usually comes in the form of a multi-page booklet, filled with dos and don’ts relating to logo usage, color palette, how a character should be portrayed, tone, etc. Basically, it’s a rule book to help you stay within the lines while branding and producing merchandise.

This style guide is housed within the Swamp Thing binder that you may have seen me write about or up for auction on ebay. The binder is filled with marketing/promotional/branded material and examples. Many of the illustrations within the style guide have been featured on the various collectibles that spawned from the animated TV series. You’ll probably recognize a lot of the illustrations from the Swamp Thing action figure packaging, board game, slippers, chalk, and various other Swamp Thing collectibles from the early 1990’s. There is so much to see, so I’m going to dive right in. I’ve included every page within the style guide so you won’t miss out on all its glory.

Binder front cover:
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Section One – Introduction
Each section divider features a pattern of Swamp Thing icons; below.
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Pattern detail:
the little icon within the divider page pattern can be found on the packaging of a few Swamp Thing collectibles and can be found as a puffy sticker.
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The Introduction kicks off with a Swamp Thing origin comic. I can’t say I’d ever seen this abridged origin until the binder arrived in the mail yesterday. It’s a departure from the origin we are accustomed to in comics, but very entertaining.
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Dr. Holland has just perfected his bio-restorative formula in his secret, government lab, deep in the Swamps of Louisiana. It seems safe to assume, this strip helps fill-in the origin story gaps of the Swamp Thing animated series. This strip would be fun to see, played-out, prior to the notable animated series intro/theme song. Here, Arcane is the one who plants the bomb in Holland’s lab and he’s come for the formula.
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After the explosion, Arcane salvages what little formula remains after the blast and turns his devoted, unruly henchmen into Un-Men. In typical fashion, Dr Holland’s fiery body crashes into the nearby swamp.
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In this strip, Arcane and the Un-Men are hot on Swamp Thing’s trail to obtain every drop of formula they can from Dr. Holland’s remains. They didn’t bargain on finding something much greater! …Swamp Thing
Continue reading “DC and LCA Entertainment Style Guide”

Swamp Thing imaginext

Imaginext: DC Super Friends – Batman & Swamp Thing (2018)

The Swamp Thing imaginext figure is finally out and from what I’ve heard, can be found at major retail stores. Next time you’re stollinging through the store be on the lookout for this really fun Swampy and Batman combo pack. Batman is equipped with a backpack and green/plant machete, perhaps provided by Swampy. Detailed photos below.
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Plastic Man Folder

Plastic Man School Folder
Portugal – 1984

This cool Plastic Man folder comes from Portugal. The cover is jam packed with awesome DC covers. Amongst the comics is the partial cover of Swamp Thing #27 “By Demons Driven”
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Front and back, spread
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Cover detail
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Does this count as a Swamp Thing collectible? I suppose it’s debatable, but I think it’s great to see the Swamp Thing series being represented amongst other popular books from ’84. Note: Ilke Hincer, over at george-perez.net, was kind enough to point out that the covers/artwork used in the background is the wraparound cover of DC Sampler #2. But, you will notice they swapped out the Amethyst and Thriller covers. Continue reading “Plastic Man Folder”

Alfredo Alcala – Animated Series Style Guide

I’ve had the Swamp Thing animated series style guide on my radar for a number of years. I’d tracked down scans of the pages but never knew if they were available or still existed. I waited and waited for it to pop-up on ebay, or another collector would surface with them framed in their living room. Last year the style guide, by Alfredo Alcala, finally popped up for auction. I was overwhelmed with joy that it finally surfaced. The final auction price was too rich for my blood but I was extremely happy just to know it was indeed out there. Well, I’m proud to finally be able to announce that I was fortunate enough to obtain 3 of the 9 pages from the style guide this week. They are original illustrations (more like sketches) by Alfredo Alcala, who worked on over 125 Swamp Thing books. The influences from Alcala’s style guide (especially in how he draws animal anatomy/proportions) can be seen on much of the merchandised collectibles from the early 90s.

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