Swamp Thing’s Brazilian Super Powers

Super Powers 6 (1987)
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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.

It’s fun to read this style of reprint. Since the pocketbook style is a different size to the original release, some panels have been omitted and others, rearranged. Sometimes additional artwork is added, as seen on the “Brimstone Ballet” title spread (pictured later in this post).

Amor e Morte – for more info regarding the story, Love and Death, visit here.

Auréola de Moscas – for more info regarding the story, A Halo of Flies, visit here.

Balé Macabro – for more info regarding the story, The Brimstone Ballet, visit here.

The pocketbook edition includes a couple of the “Extra-special bonus pin-ups!!” that appeared in the original comics, at the time. Below is one of those pin-ups. The book also includes some really great Brazilian fan art pin-ups; two, of Swamp Thing (seen below) as well as various comic characters.


Back cover: Snoopy soap advertisement

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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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