Direct Currents – The DC Scene Zine #1 – 1981-1982
Now this is a fanzine that I would obsess over if published today; a DC focused fanzine. The UK book features some amazing fan art, articles, and even a full-page Swamp Thing/Batman illustration!
Direct Currents was published by Hassan Yusuf. I’m not sure how many issues of the fanzine were produced but am extremely grateful to have obtained the first.
Direct Currents is filled with fan articles, reviews, fan letters and more.
The full-page Swamp Thing illustration appears to be illustrated by Nik. As you can see, the name Ziggy along with the letters G-Q-U-J are also on the wall. Nik’s illustration looks like it was influenced by Bernie Wrightson’s Batman & Swamp Thing from series 1, #7
Below is the back cover of the fanzine. An awesome Joker illustration accompanies an ad for The Old Comic Shop.
I’ve had the Swamp Thing animated series style guide on my radar for a number of years. I’d tracked down scans of the pages but never knew if they were available or still existed. I waited and waited for it to pop-up on ebay, or another collector would surface with them framed in their living room. Last year the style guide, by Alfredo Alcala, finally popped up for auction. I was overwhelmed with joy that it finally surfaced. The final auction price was too rich for my blood but I was extremely happy just to know it was indeed out there. Well, I’m proud to finally be able to announce that I was fortunate enough to obtain 3 of the 9 pages from the style guide this week. They are original illustrations (more like sketches) by Alfredo Alcala, who worked on over 125 Swamp Thing books. The influences from Alcala’s style guide (especially in how he draws animal anatomy/proportions) can be seen on much of the merchandised collectibles from the early 90s.
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Young Monsters in Love (2018)
-The following contains spoilers-
Along with the Winter Special, Swamp Thing fans were treated to another excellent story last week. Young Monsters in Love features, “Heart Shaped Box” a beautifully crafted story by Mark Russell and Frazier Irving. Those who expected the story to follow the narrative depicted on the cover by Kelley Jones were probably surprised by what they found within the book. I was.
I’ve not seen such a crafted and stylized Swamp Thing book since Jon Muth’s “Roots”. Frazer Irving portrays Houma in a beautiful, twisted, Rockwellian, Dave McKean-like style. It’s delightful, inviting as it is mysterious, heart warming and slightly off-kilter.
Swamp Thing is in love. He’s fallen for a botanist and has worked up the nerve to give her a valentine. Houma native and friend, Guillaume helps Swampy get a card from the general store.
Unfortunately Swamp Thing isn’t impressed by the store’s silly selection.
Russell and Irving take an eight page story and make it feel like so much more. The world they’ve developed is intriguing and I wanted to see so much more of it; even before finishing the story. That’s what is magical about this short story. It’s like a good movie, you never want it to end.
Continue reading “Young Monsters in Love – review and analysis”
Swamp Thing Winter Special (2018)
-The following contains spoilers-
The Winter Special came out on Wednesday and I was extremely excited to read Len’s last story with Kelley Jones, as well as Tom King and Jason Fabok’s one-shot, “The Talk of the Saints”. The book is a wonderful tribute to Len and Bernie, capturing the magic and effort they put into the character.
Wein & Jones open up a fun filled can of worms, bringing Solomon Grundy, Matt Cable, Jim Gordon and Batman along for the ride in this first issue of what could have been a beautiful run. My imagination runs wild with what Len would have cooked up for our favorite muck man. I hope this unfinished storyline acts as a catalyst for a new on-going Swamp Thing series. Len certainly provides the spark.
Before Len and Kelley tell their tale, Editor Rebecca Taylor introduces the story with a beautiful editor’s note.
Len and Kelley’s story picks up where issue 6 (series 6) left off. Swamp Thing is in Houma and seems to be adjusting quite well, post-Arcane attack. Matt Cable has finally recovered from the trauma he sustained while being possessed by Anton Arcane.
Swamp Thing pays Cable a visit as he’s preparing to check out of the hospital. Kelley Jones depicts a whimsical and grotesque Swampy, as he makes his way into Cable’s room. I’ve always loved Jones’ Swamp Thing designs. He provides the most imaginative and entertaining visuals, while staying within the realm of Horror that Bernie Wrightson established for the character.
Continue reading “A look into the Swamp Thing Winter Special – review and analysis”
Justice League Action Swamp Thing action figure
Release Date: To be determined
A new Swamp Thing figure is on its way and there hasn’t been an action-packed Swampy figure like this since the 90s Kenner line. Swamp Thing’s plant club can be shot from his wooden shield. Both items can be used separately, as well as mounted on his back. The figure’s simple design—mimicking the JLA Action series character design—looks great. Paired with the accessories, this is the most fun Swamp Thing figure to be released in a while. But, it isn’t available just yet…
I was tipped-off that a new Swamp Thing action figure was floating around on Ebay earlier this week and immediately looked into it… and purchased it. This 4″ action figure may be an early release of some kind but with a package date of 2017. I asked fellow collectors and did some digging online but my investigating yielded no results. Turns out, googling “justice league action action figure” will provide you with every JLA action figure under the sun, but no trace of a JLA Action Swamp Thing figure. The seller of the figure told me he picked the item up at a Ross store in California and that it was the only one there.
Continue reading “JLA Action figure – the best Swamp Thing figure in a while”
You’re probably going to need to sit down for this one…
It’s finally happening. The Return of Swamp Thing soundtrack is finally making it’s way to the public and it’s due to the amazing folks at Terror Vision. But, Terror Vision isn’t JUST releasing this amazing item. They’ve built in plenty of bells and whistles to make this long awaited release that much more special.
- First time the score has been available on any format
- Audio pulled from original tapes / remastered
- Liner notes by director Jim Wynorski
- Gatefold packaging + Swamp Thing bumper sticker (no DL code for this one)
The record is priced at $27, and their even selling the t-shirts separately. Learn more about the various items in their store. I guarantee other, unrelated cool items will catch your eye.
I did not hesitate to spring for Terror Vision’s “Mega-Bundle” coming in at $63. For those who collect vinyl records and have experience with bundle deals, this is an amazing price for what you get. The bundle comes with a black Swamp Thing 3 color tee, a large ST button, your choice of colored or black vinyl, a large screen-printed poster, a Swamp Thing enamel pin designed by Tittybats and an 8 page “DIY” Swamp Thing zine. The enamel pin and poster will be shipped separately and will hit you early March. Everything else will arrive late Feb.
The Enamel Pin Mock-up
and the poster
Terror Vision is a company focused on three components… and these are kick ass components.
- Release obscure movie soundtracks on vinyl (Horror/Schi-Fi/Oddball)
- Release films on VHS – both new and classics (Horror/Oddball)
- VHS Rental Shop – Located in Savannah, GA at 9 West 40th Street
It doesn’t hurt that they’re based out of my hometown Savannah, GA. Savannah is where this albums should be coming out of. The movies was filmed there after all.
Limited Edition Yanick Paquette Prints from Librarie Bookstore
Yanick Paquette prefers to sell and share his prints with fans in person, at conventions and events. This, I love, but it makes it difficult to get your hands on some of his fine, fine prints if you live in a remote part of the world where Yanick and conventions dare not go. Fear not! Not long ago, Yanick shared these two beauties and he’s working with a shop out of Canada to distribute them!
The 11×17, artist edition prints come numbered, signed and are limited to 60. I don’t know how they still have any left. The first print features the artwork to the cover of Swamp Thing 1 (series 5).
The second print features the cover of Swamp Thing 7 (series 5)
Librairie Bookstore is responsible for getting these in your hands and they couldn’t be more helpful. Drop them a line to get yours