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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Sitting in on Wednesday Comics Bookclub

Listen to the episode here.
Last week the guys from Wednesday Comics had me on the show to discuss their latest book club trade paperback, Saga of the Swamp Thing! The fellas learn about the world of Swampy through the lense of Alan Moore and we discuss each issue.

“It’s a mystical poem… it’s so good” –Garrett Walz

If you’re not listening to the Wednesday Comics Podcast you’re missing out on a fun, insightful, comics based conversation with long time friends, Marvin, Garrett and Alex. They’ve had me on their show numerous times and it’s always an honor. Their  shows are available weekly and are a huge help on keeping up to speed on all the great comics comics out. You can subscribe to the Wednesday Comics Podcast here.
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Provided are links to each issue I’ve written about in the past: Saga of the Swamp Thing 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27.

Swamp Thing Die-Cast Bootleg

My new favorite Swamp Thing collectible is a metal, die-cast, UK bootleg figure. It arrived in the mail yesterday and I can’t stop admiring it. I’ve been looking for bootleg Swamp Thing figures for a while now and this is the closest one (of quality) I’ve come across. The figurine measures just under 2” tall and is hand-painted. The only marks identifying the producer of this awesome figurine is the word “unicorn” etched onto the bottom of the little platform.
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Garbage Mag 1

Garbage Mag 1 (1985)

I found this French entertainment magazine/fanzine a little over a year ago and am excited to finally share it with you. As you can see from the cover, the book is packed with awesome interviews and articles. I’m extremely pleased with the killer content. The book had a limited run of 1,500 copies.
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The table of contents features an awesome Dave Stevens (The Rocketeer) Batman sketch.
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The magazine houses a couple awesome Swamp Thing features, the first being “The Swamp Thing Report”. I’m as dismayed as you are, I’m still in the process of translating (from French to English) all of the content.
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“The Swamp Thing Report” features some amazing sketches by Stephen Bissette and John Totleben.
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Continue reading “Garbage Mag 1”

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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DC Comics Presents Annual 3

DC Comics Presents Annual 3 (1984)

Dick Giodarno delivers the Meanwhile section in the back of the book, along with a Spotlight on Swamp Thing! That’s right, we’ll be fast-forwarding through this entire Annual… for Swamp Thing.
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Fellow Swamp Thing fan, Joe tipped me off on this great Swampy feature. An excerpt of Alan Moore’s, “This is the Place” appears in all its glory, below. You’ll probably recognize the title of the piece, printed within DC Sampler #2.
“This is the Place” is a Swamp Thing related, promo poem written by Alan Moore. The poem ran in various publications in the mid 80’s and was paired with an illustration by Stephen Bissette and John Totleben.
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The above excerpt differs from the final, more succinct, published version. The excerpt helps to reinforce the tone and paints a vivid picture for what’s to come within Moore’s Swamp Thing series. It also reminds me of Nancy Collins’ amazing series; similar visuals, tone and subject matter. To listen to an audio reading of “This is the Place”, visit the Swampcast PodThing.

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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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