Batman Official Annual 1981

Batman Official Annual 1981 – UK

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Brought to you by Egmont Publishing, this UK edition collects a few fun Batman stories. I had to have this well-used, 62-page, hardcover because it features Swamp Thing #7 “Night of the Bat” by Bernie Wrightson & Len Wein AND it was 99¢.
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The book includes a game, Batman trivia, as well as panels and covers from past Batman comics (“Vintage Views”, pictured below).
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The three stories featured in the Annual are, “The Threat of the Two-Headed Coin” originally printed in Batman 258 (1974), “Night of the Bat” (1973), and “The Riddle of the Man Who Walked Backwards”, originally printed in Batman 277 (1976).
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Avec la Creature du Marais!

Spectral – French Pocketbooks
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These two French pocketbooks look similar but are indeed different. The Spectral Album on the left is twice the size of the Spectral Bimestriel (bimonthly) on the right. Both books contain many of the same collected horror stories, along with Swamp Thing #33, “Abandoned Houses”, but the larger Album houses the Swamp Thing Annual #2. Let’s jump in…

Spectral Bimestriel (Bimonthly) 14 (1987)

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This 80-page, French pocketbook edition was produced by French publisher Aredit (formerly Artima) in conjunction with Eclipse Comics. The book reprints Swamp Thing #33 “Abandoned Houses” along with other mystical, horror stories. To read details about “Abandoned Houses”, see my previous post of the original issue.
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Other stories within the book include, “Zatanna the Magician” from Adventure Comics #413 (December, 1971) by Swamp Thing co-creator Len Wein. Gray Morrow takes care of visuals.
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Swamp Thing’s Brazilian Super Powers

Super Powers 6 (1987)
O Monstro Pântano

Swamp Thing comes by way of Brazil, in this awesome pocketbook edition. The 80-page beauty collects issues 29-31 of Alan Moore’s run. The collected stories highlight the Anton/Abby Arcane resurrection story arc; Love and Death, A Halo of Flies and The Brimstone Ballet. The stories are collected under the Super Powers series, from Editora Abril.

Editora Abril is a Brazilian publisher and printing company. Most of the comics editions within my collection, from Brazil, were produced by Editora Abril.

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Historia de los Comics 33

Historia de los Comics 33 (1982)

The Spanish magazine provides a glimpse into the history of comics, including profiles of some of comics greatest artists. This issue highlights Swamp Thing and features a portion of Swamp Thing 2, The Man Who Wanted Forever. The reprinted story is translated and recolored.
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Bernie Wrightson’s profile:
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Below, I attempted to translate the featured Wrightson interview:
“In the horror stories that I draw, the characters perish more to real people than Kirby characters, or that of much of the publications of Marvel. Many of the Marvel magazines present superheros, the local means that the type that hits is super strong and, what is equally important, the one that receives the blow is also super strong, is able to endure it. It is as if two brick walls hit each other. What I want to say is that there is a lot of action and fights and dazzling lights and vigorous lines. I prefer the cause and the effect. I prefer that each action has an equal and opposite reaction, which means that if someone hits your head, your brain falls to the ground. and you die bleeding.
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Horror 32

Horror 32 (1989)

This amazing, black and white, oversized, Yugoslavian, Swamp Thing edition is awesome! The racy cover distracts from the killer Swamp Thing stories within but it is beautifully done. For those offended by the female form, and the dragon monsters who love them, I’ve blocked out the woman’s breasts. On to the book!

The Yugoslavian Edition reprints Alan Moore’s #25+26 of the second series. The oversized book, with its black and white artwork is stunning. As if it didn’t before, John Totleben and Stephen Bissette’s artwork really jumps off the page in this format. Below are some of my favorite pages from this edition. To read more about these specific issues, visit, Swamp Thing 25 and Swamp Thing 26.

“Čudovište iz Crne Lagune” rougly translates to, “A Monster from a Black Lagoon”
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Wrightson’s Danish Edition

Wrightson’s Swamp Thing 2 (1979)
Patchwork Manden

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Mail call!
These two oversized Danish editions arrived in the mail today and I’m thrilled to finally have Wrightson’s Swamp Thing 2 – Patchwork Manden
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I was able to track down issue 1, Alec Hollands Sære Skæbne a while ago and it is as awesome as issue two. Issue 1 and two reprint the first two issues-respectively- of Swamp Thing, series one.
The oversized books show off Wrightson’s amazing ability and talent. I’ve included some of my favorite panels, below.
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The Patchworkman makes his debut!
Technically, this isn’t the first panel he appears in, I just love this one.
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Bernie’s drawing of the shadows and lighting in the next two panels has always blown me away.
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A very early appearance by Abigail Arcane.
It’s no wonder she became such a strong character. In this black & white format, her strong shock of black hair is almost iconic.
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Back cover
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La Cosa del Pantano – Parte 1

La Cosa del Pantano – Parte 1 (2014)

This awesome Brazilian edition is part one of a seven book series collecting some of Alan Moore’s greatest ST stories. Parte 1 features issues 21-24.

I’m very grateful in receiving this book, along with two other Brazilian Swamp Thing editions, from fellow Swamp Thing fanatic, @palta_heart! He had some extra copies and I was happy to give them a home.
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I’ll share the other two Brazilian reprints in the future.

ST 21 The Anatomy Lesson

ST 22 Swamped

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La Creature Des Marais 2

La Creature Des Marais Tome 2 (1979)

This French edition collects issues 6-10 of Wrightson and Wein’s series 1 run. Like many oversized, non-US editions the book is black and white. The art work is beautiful. The black and white editions really highlight Wrightson’s craftsmanship.
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The cover features the House of Secrets 92 cover. It appears to have been recolored.

Book 1 of this series features issues 1-5 (series 1). I’ll be sharing it later on.
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Artwork from the  cover of Swamp Thing 3 appears on the title page.

Swamp Thing 6 (1973)
A Clockwork Horror
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Swamp Thing 7 (1973)
Night of the Bat
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Superband 9: Swampy’s in Germany

Batman – Superband 9 (1979)
Ein Monster Sieht Rot!

Swamp Thing appears in this fantastic, oversized German edition. It collects a number of Batman stories and Swampy’s appearance falls within “Ein Monster Sieht Rot!” , originally printed in Swamp Thing 7 (1973). A fellow Swamp Thing fan let me know that this is Swampy’s first appearance in a German comic. I thought that was pretty darn cool!
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The cover of the book is unique in that it references the Swamp Thing story, “Night of the Bat” but does not use the original cover. I love finding non-US editions that feature reinterpreted Swamp Thing covers.
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While thumbing through the book, I was really surprised to see this cool centerfold. The image comes from Detective Comics 410, drawn by Neal Adams, with Dick Giordano on inks.
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Läderlappen 9

Läderlappen 9 (1976) – Sweden
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Another wonderful book arrived in the mail today; this one from Sweden! Läderlappen 9 features a reprinting of The Brave and the Bold #122. Like most non-US editions, I enjoy how they are re-colored with the panels slightly re-arranged to facilitate translations. This book did a bit of both and I’m looking forward to comparing and contrasting it with the original publication.
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For more on The Brave and the Bold 122, see my previous post from a couple years ago.
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Roots makes George Perez’s website! Oh, and Horror 11

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I received an email last week from the wonderful folks that run George Perez’s website. My Fandom Feature #1 post came up on their radar and they asked if I could send them a photo of George’s Silver Surfer sketch that he drew, from the book. I was happy to oblige and it is up on
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In other news, It’s been a great week for mail and I’m excited to share the new Swamp Thing goods with you. A lot of film production slides, books, autographs and more are coming your way… hopefully later this week.

First up is this great Italian edition featuring Swamp Thing #7 (series 1) Night of the Bat

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Superman & Swampy Go Dutch

Superman Pocket Nr. 2 (1979) Dutch

I recently received a stack of non-US editions featuring Swamp Thing and am hoping to get through them all this weekend. I still need to document all of them on the foreign editions page.

This Dutch pocket book is quite similar to the German and UK editions which contain the same stories and are the same size/format.
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DC Comics Presents #8 (1979)
The Sixty Deaths of Solomon Grundy
For info and pics of the original release of DC Comics Presents #8 can be found here, on a past post.
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The book reprints four other classic stories as well…

World’s Finest Comics #212 (1972)
And So My World Begins!
Proving that Telly Savalas would not only make a great Lex but also a decent J’onn J’onzz.
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World’s Finest Comics #256 (1979)
The Werewolf of Krypton!
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Gigant 7!

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Dr. Alec Holland – class of 1968
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Gigant 7 (1982)

I act as if I know how to pronounce the title of this fantastic Swedish edition. It’s fun to pronounce differently every time you say it. I’ve got about 5 pronunciations at the ready at all times. I’ve written about Gigant (1, 2) in the past and I’m always thrilled to get my hands on a copy that features Swampy. This issue features two Swamp Thing stories, an article spotlighting the first Swamp Thing film and an issue of Superman.
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Much like Swamp Thing #2 (series 2), the cover features a photo of Dick Durock as Swamp Thing from the motion picture. He looks much less menacing in this photo.

The Saga of the Swamp Thing 1 – series 2 (1982)
What Peace There May Be In Silence
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The Saga of the Swamp Thing 2 – series 2 (1982)
Something To Live For
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