Swamp Thing: Dad & Super Hero

Dad is a Super Hero (2018)

Swamp Thing popped up in the Father’s Day book, “Dad is a Super Hero” from Hallmark Gift Books earlier this year. Swamp Thing appears alongside various DC superheroes like Batman, Flash, Superman, Aquaman, etc.
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I snapped a few photos of my favorite pages, below.
… it’s an 80-page Father’s Day card.
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To order the book, visit Hallmark here.

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Rest in pieces, Swamp Beast

Monster In My Pocket 4 (1991)

Farewell Swamp Beast. You lasted only four issues but we love you just the same. Last month I wrote about Monster In My Pocket #3, which features a Swamp Thing parody character. Swamp Beast lived on for one more issue before falling to pieces.
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It’s time to play and the monsters are like fish in a barrel—or monsters in Barbie’s dream house. The Monsters scramble to avoid being chosen for playtime torture but Swamp Beast doesn’t act quick enough.

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Dismayed by Swamp Beast’s consistency, it’s in the easy-bake oven he goes! The other monsters look on in horror as the child bakes Swamp Beast.

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Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, crispy Swamp Beast is removed from the oven and dropped on the floor!
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Fear not, Swamp Beast gets the last word in. Even though we’ll never find out, it appears water may help to rehydrate Swamp Beast.

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The Stalk Thing from Fable lore

Fables 15 (2003)
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Storybook romance may not exist but a Swamp Thing parody sure does; on the first page in fact.
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Boy Blue, Trusty John and Flycatcher picked up some new comics and Boy Blue appears to have found a great book.
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The group discusses Bigby and Snow White’s current situation, being stranded in the woods. They don’t mention their comic book finds. Unfortunately Stalk Thing doesn’t appear further within the book so that’s all for now! Thank you for stopping by.
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Monster in My Pocket 3

Monster in My Pocket 3 (1991)
Script: Dwayne McDuffie
Art: Gil Kane

This fantastic Swamp Thing parody is made possible by the miniature monsters of childrens toy fame, Monster in My Pocket. Don’t let the Man-Thing looking face tendrils fool ya, Swamp Beast has similar powers to Swamp Thing.
The comic series follows a group of pocket-sized monsters, mixing-it-up within a life-sized world where the smallest of items could prove perilous. The Monster in My Pocket franchise was vast, involving comic books, trading cards, books, toys, boardgame, video game, an animated special, music, clothing and much more. The Monster in My Pocket series only lasted for 4 issues.
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Among the various monsters within the Monsters in My Pocket toy line, Swamp Beast is the muck-monster that carries the torch for those that came before him; The Heap, Swamp Thing, Man-Thing, etc. or you could think of Swamp Beast as a no-good, rotten, rip-off. Below is Swamp Beast’s bio. You’ll notice some similarities with our Swampy.

“His origin is shrouded in mystery, but some say he was once human. Swamp Beast is known to be the protector and personification of all slimy things on earth. His preferred environment is the swamps, but he can show up anywhere there is slime. Swamp Beast is composed entirely of slime and has total control of all things slimy. He can change the shape and size of his body or construct and control multiple copies of himself. He also smells pretty bad.”

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Chapter 3 “Swamp Beast” is the muck-man’s time to shine. We get to see Swamp Beast flex his muscle and use his powers.

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Like the bio, his moment of realization echoes the abilities of Swamp Thing.

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Swamp Beast summons and harnesses the power of the slime, he multiplies to confuse and trap the dinosaur. he’s looking a lot like Swampy.

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Each issue in the series features a centerfold poster-much like a checklist-of  MIMP characters.

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Swamp Thing sneaking into the covers Pt.3

Cracked Monster Party! #7 (1989)

In another installment of “sneaking into the covers”, Cracked’s Sylvester P Smythe gets the ‘ol Swamp Thing treatment on the backside.

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This fantastic parody of Swamp Thing has been eluding me for over 5 years. When out of town or visiting friends, I’d always take time to ask comic shops if they had any Monster Party books. The typical answer was, “no”. I’ve kept many a friend waiting an inappropriately long time, digging through old long boxes stuffed with magazines like Starlog, Mad, Cracked, Fantastic Films, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Eerie, Fangoria, etc; looking for this book. It’s a thrill to finally find it.

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Swamp Thing sneaking into the covers Pt.2

Cracked Monster Party 12 (1991)

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On a recent trip to Minneapolis, MN, I visited some of the comic shops looking for Swamp Thing appearances. I’m always on the look out for Cracked Monster Party books-and find them extremely difficult to find- as well as comic industry magazines that might feature an article related to Swamp Thing.
I found this issue of Monster Party within a short-box full of Starlog Magazines. Before purchasing the book, I skimmed through it the best I could and noticed it was chock-full-of famous monsters from film and literature. I was sure Swamp Thing was hidden within the pages somewhere.

Well, he wasn’t. He was hiding on the cover the entire time. King Kong sweeps the election and tramples Swamp Thing in the process. Swampy doesn’t know what hit him.
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Underdog & The Mop-Thing!

Underdog 6 (1975)
“The Mop-Thing”

It took me a little while but I finally tracked down this fantastic Swamp Thing parody within Underdog 6.
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One of a few stories within this comic is, “The Mop-Thing!”. The story tells the tale of the Swamp Thing-like muck monster with “hideous strength and horrifying stench”.
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Underdog ventured down to the bayou for a vacation but instead gets a history lesson in Mop-Thing. Similar to Alec Holland’s fate, a “brilliant research scientist” meets his fate in the swamp, covered in his own ingenious “soda pop or fantastic new hair tonic”.
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The swamp monster ends up making his way into town and after a little confusion, he lands a deal with a movie agent!
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