Justice League of America 174

Justice League of America 174 (1979)

When Mike Sterling mentions a Swamp Thing reference you can trust that I’m going to hunt it down. He is an everflowing geyser of comic knowledge; especially when it comes to Swamp Thing fandom. I’ve been a fan and reader of Mike’s site for a few years. Be sure to check out all of his great content.
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On his site, Progressive Ruin, Mike featured this ad last week. He cited the month and year (January 1979) in which the ad ran in certain DC publications. I was thrilled to see his post because I’d never seen this ad before. I took the information down to my local comic shop and dug through numerous Long boxes before finding a book from January 1979 that contained the ad. It was an exciting moment to find it. The ad features Super Friends 28. Swamp Thing doesn’t necessarily make an appearance in this issue because most of all the characters in the book are actually folks masquerading as their favorite super heroes.
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I wrote about the issue in further detail here.
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The Brave and the Bold 188

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.
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Toward the back of the book comes, “an annual tradition!”
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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!
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The story featuring Thorn is pretty thin but contains a fun, earth friendly message. Continue reading “The Brave and the Bold 188”

House of Secrets 125 Ad

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
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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.
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The ad features a black and white reproduction of the cover of Swamp Thing 13 “The Leviathan Conspiracy” (1974)
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Justice League 111 Swampy Crossword

Justice League of America 111 (1974)

I’m very excited to share another Swamp Thing sighting I found while doing some Poison Ivy research. In this issue of the Justice League from 1974, Swampy appears in a crossword puzzle as well as an advertisement! I was reading the book because Ivy makes an appearance as a member of the Injustice Gang. In this issue, she goes to space and her alias is finally revealed to be, Pamela Isley! Pretty cool stuff; more on all that another time.
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Last year I wrote about a word search that featured Swamp Thing. The puzzle can be found in the oversized Limited Collectors’ Edition: Christmas with the Super-Heroes DC Treasury Edition from 1975. When I stumbled upon his name in that word search I about fell out of my seat. Well, this sighting got just about the same reaction. I could not believe my eyes… “New Wein-Wrightson comic: SWAMP _____”.
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Along with the cool JLA puzzle, Swampy makes an appearance in the back of the book in DC’s “line of super-stars” ad. The ST book being advertised is Swamp Thing 10 “The Man Who Would Not Die” (1974).
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Wonder Woman 61

Wonder Woman 61 (1992)
To Avenge an Amazon

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This story from Wonder Woman volume 2 stars a slew of high profile comic characters but not one of them is Swamp Thing. So why would the book make its way on the site?
Swamp Thing ad!! A subscription ad at that.

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Swampy can be found at the top of the page, three in from the right.

The Christmas themed subscription ad features a chorus line of D.C. greats as well as a Christmas poem… of sorts. Continue reading “Wonder Woman 61”

The Dark Secret of the Swamp

Unexpected 152 (1973)
The Dark Secret of the Swamp

Kind of looks like a Swamp Thing story but it isn’t. Swampy may not make an appearance in the book BUT he does find his way into a couple house ads!
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I enjoy collecting and researching swamp/bog monster related books that’ve inspired Swamp Thing or were inspired by Swamp Thing. Last week I recieved a shipment of books related to the muck-monster genre. A number of the books are from the early 70s. The 70s seemed to be the height of swamp monster comic book characters.
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Some of those books promise more monster than what’s actually delivered. Unexpected 152 is one of those comics.

Nick Cardy’s cover along with the title page gives the reader the impression that a swamp monster plays a key role in this issue but that’s unfortunately not the case. None the less, this book certainly delivers mystery, horror and monsters.
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Below is about all the swamp monster you get in this story.
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Continue reading “The Dark Secret of the Swamp”