My local comic shop, Rainbow Comics, Cards and Collectibles had comics vet, Doug Mahnke stop in the store for a book signing. Unfortunately I was not able to attend but my friend-–and Rainbow Comics manager–John Nordstrom asked Doug to draw Swamp Thing for me. It was a huge surprise to see the sketch when I picked up my weekly books. I almost didn’t notice his sketch on the inside cover (Swamp Thing Winter Special), it blended in perfectly.
Fellow collector, Robert Barbieri was kind enough to pass these pages along to me. The production pages were used for Swamp Thing 5 (1973) “The Last of the Ravenwind Witches”. Based on the coloring style, the acetate production transparencies were most likely used for a trade paperback. I’m unsure which tpb or the year they were created but am really excited to add them to the collection.
Used during the print production process, the two transparent sheets house the text bubbles and final artwork. I photographed the sheets on a white comic backing-board for clarity sake. To see the sheets interacting, view this video.
Last we saw Swamp Thing on a Garbage Pail Kids card was in 2014. Now he’s back, amongst the “Oh The Horror-ible 80s Sci-Fi” series of sticker trading cards. Swampy is represented by, Swamp Bing & Sammy Swamp. Sammy Swamp appears to be some sort of booger variant card. Look for the cards in stores.
Card 1a: Swamp Bing
Card 1b: Sammy Swamp
From Pixel Elixer and Lightyear Entertainment; the Return of Swamp Thing pin is here! This month, the enamel pin has been making its way into mailboxes everywhere. Get one while they last if you haven’t already. shop Pixel Elixer here
“This 2″ soft enamel pin comes with dual yellow rubber clutches, back logo stamp and comes bagged on a glossy, double-sided backer card.” -via Pixel Elixer
With the release of the Return of Swamp Thing soundtrack and dvd earlier this year, this pin adds to the excitement in celebrating the best comics character in all the land.
Backing card, sans pin
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.
The New Adventures of Swamp Thing (1991) Italy
Swamp Thing, the live-action television series from the USA network was such a worldwide hit it made it’s way onto VHS in Italy. I’ve not seen a non-US, VHS release of the television series before and was thrilled to track this cassette down. It features four episodes from the series. A title is listed above the episodes, on the back. “The New Adventures of Swamp Thing”.
“The Monster of the Marshes
Re-emerges from the swamps to make justice.”
“Swamp Thing, the monstro of the swamps, taken from the famous series of instruments, is Dr. Alex Holland, the victim of a chemical alteration caused by the evil biologist Anton Arcane.
Swamp Thing, this horrible creature to see, possesses the brilliant mind and propensity to the good of Dr. Holland … with the addition of some magical powers.
Four new stories for a successful combination of adventure, suspense and fantasy.”
The New Adventures of Swamp Thing
1. Birth Marks
2. The Watchers
3. Tremors of the Heart
4. Walk a Mile in My Shoes