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
Utrym Gotham City

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
George-Perez.net!
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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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Fangoria 117

Fangoria 117 (1992)

Just in case Fangoria scares the ever-living pants off you and you just can’t continue looking at scary images… this is why we’re here.
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This issue of Fangoria promises 8 pages of Halloween masks but I only want one.
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The ad for these awesome masks doesn’t exactly state that visual effects great, Tony Gardner designed the masks but he certainly had his hand in the pot. The masks produced by The Alterian Ghost Factory are really good looking. This book came out in 1992 which coincides with the Swamp Thing television series. I sure wish I got my hands on one when they were available.
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I’ve been in contact with some folks in North Carolina who have the original cast from this Swamp Thing mask. Their price tag is far too rich for my blood but I certainly enjoy looking at their photos. Below are some of the images.
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The back features a company stamp that reads, “The Alterian Ghost Factory Inc.”
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Swamp Monster 4

Swamp Monster 4 (circa 1982)

I’ve been looking for this book for a few years now and I’m happy to say that it’s finally in my collection! This is the last of 4 Australian publisher, Murray Comics editions that I’ve had trouble tracking down. This copy happens to be in great shape and was purchased at a very reasonable price.

The over-sized, Australian edition collects 6 stories, 5 are Swamp Thing stories.
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Swamp Thing 21 (1976)
Requiem
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Swamp Thing 14 (1975)
The Tomorrow Children
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