April 30, 2017 § Leave a comment
The Brave and the Bold 188 (1982)
As my Poison Ivy research continues, I picked up this Thorn appearance and to my surprise I stumbled upon Swamp Thing! I’ve mentioned it before but I’m collecting and documenting Poison Ivy’s Chronology in order to write a story about an early Swamp Thing and Ivy encounter. I’ve got a ton of notes and some really fun ideas.
Toward the back of the book comes, “an annual tradition!”
I’ve not seen this ad before and am extremely excited to share it with you. Saga of the Swamp Thing 2 appears in the ad announcing the return of DC Annual. Although it was released six months prior to SOST 2, DC didn’t use the actual cover of the first Swamp Thing Annual …history’s mysteries!
The story featuring Thorn is pretty thin but contains a fun, earth friendly message. « Read the rest of this entry »
April 25, 2017 § 2 Comments
Comic Book Comics 5 (2011)
Comic Book Comics chronicles the history of comics and in this issue, copyrights and intellectual property is the focus.
There goes the neighborhood…
the book spends some time discussing the wave of great U.K. talent that rose to prominence in the 80s and 90s., along with the hurtles they encountered with their intellectual property. « Read the rest of this entry »
April 23, 2017 § Leave a comment
Amazing Heroes 104 (1986)
Amazing Heroes and their fan submitted art never disappoints in delivering fun parody appearances. Over the years I’ve found a number of great Swampy references and parodies within the pages of Amazing Heroes. This one may be one of my favorites…
On the very last page of the book, Greg Wilcox’s Swamp Thing puts the Green in Green Lantern.
the News section also has a bit about Stephen Bissette’s plans for Swamp Thing 59.
Another key item that made me fall in love with this issue is the oversized reproduction of this Joe Orlando panel from Weird Fantasy 18 (1953). The panel appears in an article relating to great sci-if stories. Al Feldstein & Joe Orlando crafted this tale to comment on the state of bigotry and how now planet is free when shackled by oppression. It’s actually more of a subtle progression than I describe here but it’s an amazing story that I highly recommend.
April 22, 2017 § Leave a comment
Alf 37 (1991)
Play Me or Trade Me!
I used to have a few Alf books kicking around the house. I don’t recall enjoying them as much as the goofy tv show but this issue in particular has a few treasures that I’m very excited to share with you.
This Swamp Thing parody was brought to my attention by Anthony of For Comics Sake. He stumbled upon the parody sighting while rooting around in a long box. Check out his Instagram feed when you have a moment.
The book is made up of a few different Alf stories. The awesome Swamp Thing bits are part of the, “Alf in, Play Me or Trade Me!”
The story starts with Alf recounting an experience to Brian and Kate regarding kids and trading/swapping. This is apparently where ALF learned that he is poor at bartering. It’s an odd premise. « Read the rest of this entry »
April 21, 2017 § Leave a comment
House of Secrets 125 (1974)
Catch as Cats Can
I watched a live Facebook comic auction last week and found it to be really fun. I only purchased this book but it was entertaining to see all the different books paraded out. I didn’t watch the entire auction but it lasted for hours. I’m looking forward to see what else they have up for auction in the future. Titan Games and Comics Auction
I got a great deal on this HoS book that I didn’t have in my collection and was extremely excited to see that Swamp Thing made his way into the book in the form of an ad.
The ad features a black and white reproduction of the cover of Swamp Thing 13 “The Leviathan Conspiracy” (1974)
April 20, 2017 § Leave a comment
Swamp Thing 31 (1984)
Brimstone Ballet depicts Swamp Thing coming to terms with Arcane’s arrival into the land of the living (again) and Abby’s sudden departure from the land of the living. Arcane has taken her soul and sent it into the depths of hell. Swamp Thing also comes to terms with his powers in this first issue of… “Sophisticated Suspense”
In issue 30 we last saw Swamp Thing taking Abby’s lifeless body into his arms. this issue continues, with Swampy carrying her down the staircase, outside into the snow and away from the house of horrors that Arcane built. Surrounded by demonic Un-Men, Swampy tries to make sense of it all while Arcane toys with his emotions.
The title page introduces us to a melee erupting from Abby and “Matt’s” new home. Swampy fights his way out.
The little demon/Un-Man (below, left) looks a lot like Baytor from Garth Ennis’ Section 8. The fella’ on the right looks way in over his head.
Arcane turns the screws, toying with Swampy. For a moment, he tries to trick Swamp Thing into ripping off Abby’s head, saying that she is not real, but a construct he created using Matt Cable’s powers.
Arcane continues to taunt Swamp Thing.
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April 9, 2017 § Leave a comment
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.
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.
Artwork from the cover of Swamp Thing 3 appears on the title page.