Love is in the air!

April 1, 2017 § Leave a comment

Only minutes remain until April Fools Day is over and I’be nothing to trick you with. So, I present to you some Swamp Thing loving, crafted by Rad Lad Press. The enamel pin is really well done and a fun addition to the collection.
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Swedish Swamp Thing Soap

March 16, 2017 § 1 Comment

It’s time to get green n’ clean!
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Fellow Swampy fan, Peter sent me this awesome soap he hand made!
They smell like a pine forest and are beautifully crafted.
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Peter hails from Sweden and offered to help translate my Swedish Swampy editions. I’m excited to take him up on the offer in the future. Thanks again Peter!

Swamp Thing Long Sleeve Shirt

January 10, 2017 § Leave a comment

Swamp Thing Long Sleeve Shirt (1990)

Last month I was able to track down another shirt from the animated series era of Swamp Thing merchandise. A few different Swampy illustrations donned the front of various shirt styles in the early 90s. All were children sized shirts but even a sweatsuit was produced bearing the same illustration as below.
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Here are a couple links and more information regarding different shirts with the same illustration.
T-shirt    – Sweatsuit

Swampy bursts through the swamp grass and bulrushes on this blue shirt!
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Return of the Swamp Thing Japanese VHS

January 10, 2017 § 1 Comment

Return of the Swamp Thing Japanese VHS (1989)

Mail call! Ive been waiting for this package to arrive from Japan for about a week now and was extremely excited to tear into it. I’ve tracked down numerous foreign, Swampy films but until now, not a single Japanese version. It being a VHS cassette makes it even more exciting! I’ve included additional photos of the packaging below.
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The Secret Sex Life of Plant Monsters

December 3, 2016 § 1 Comment

During the spring of 1992 Nancy A Collins and Stephen Bissette met at a bar in New York City to discuss the sexuality of Swamp Thing. The two friends were attending the Horror Writers Association Conference and made time to collaborate on a new Swamp Thing story. The brainstorming session inspired sketches, notes and ideas; the kind of connective tissue that I spend hours researching. Last month I was able to obtain a sketch from their meeting. Below is Nancy’s account.

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“This sketch is a rarity as it was part of a brainstorming session Bissette and I had while attending the Horror Writers Association Conference in NYC in 1992. I had just moved to the city the weekend before, and we were hanging out in the bar (I want to say at the Warwick Hotel, but I might be wrong). I was still writing Swamp Thing, and I was kicking around a story idea that would now be deemed “fan service”. It was tentatively called “The Secret Sex Life of Plant Monsters”, where I posited Swampy definitely had genitalia, but only when he needed/wanted it. It never lead to anything, although many of the points I wanted to make about elemental sexuality ended up in the “Cross-Pollination” issue with Lady Jane.”

Genitalia by Stephen Bissette. 
As you can see, Bissette uses tubers in place of testes. It’s all here, you got it.

The book Nancy refers to is Swamp Thing 136 “Cross-Pollination”(1993). The cover of 136 by Charles Vess depicts Swamp Thing and Lady Jane in a romantic embrace. They’re having sex.
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I greatly appreciate Nancy’s contributions to the character. She wrote some of my favorite Swampy stories. She’ll be featured in the Swamp Thing zine I’m wrapping up; due out Feb 2017. She is a joy to be in contact with and I look forward to interviewing again to follow up on her amazing taste and history in music. She’s got some great stories. Below is a letter she sent along with the sketch by Bissette
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Some of my favorite collectibles are articles and interviews relating to the creative process throughout the title’s chronology. I strive to find as many mentions/references to Swamp Thing as possible to help paint a clear picture of what was going on while these stories were being crafted. This sketch and other items from Stephen and Nancy’s meeting adds to the folklore and history of Swamp Thing.
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It sure is one heck of a noodle doodle
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Mike’s Comic Hut Bags

November 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

Mike’s Comic Hut Bags (1987)

Ilke over at George Perez’s website sent along some images and info pertaining to a Swampy sighting within some comic shop promo materials. While living in New York City, George Perez’s local comic shop was Mike’s Comic Hut. For a little while Perez drew promo art for the Flushing, Queens based store. He created a series of illustrations that were printed on Mike’s shopping bags. The one below, from 1987 depicts Swamp Thing.
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circa 1987

It’s certainly a small sighting but neat non the less. Gumby appears to be on top of Swamp Thing.
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Through very smart, complicated advancements in space-age technology, I was able to blow-up the image of Swamp Thing, refine the quality, reconfigure the pixel ratio and VOILA! A crystal clear image of Swamp Thing.
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Just kidding, and shame on you for believing such technology could ever possibly exist.

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I’d love to find an actual bag (above). Having a piece of Mike’s legacy and a George Perez collectible would be pretty cool. Below are some of the other illustrations that made it on the shop’s bags. The detail is impressive. I hope George was compensated with free comics for his effort.

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circa 1983

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circa 1980

Detail from the 1987 bag. It appears that the Hut changed names at one point.
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Mike’s shop closed it’s doors in 1993.
He passed away the following year.

Swamp Thing Handheld Tiger

November 1, 2016 § 1 Comment

Tiger Electronic Handheld Game

I keep a folder on my computer dedicated to Swamp Thing collectibles that I’ve been looking for for a number of years. Most of the files are images of t-shirts from the early 90s, but this sealed Tiger game is also amongst the handful of images. Last week I finally came across this long, sought after game on eBay. I’ve not seen a sealed copy available for purchase nor in person and am happy to finally add it to the collection.
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A couple years ago, I wrote about this handheld game. The gameplay is easier and more entertaining than the Nintendo game but I’ve always been more interested in Tiger’s packaging. The artwork features a collage of characters from the animated series that were repurposed for multiple collectibles (stickers, board game, puzzles, etc). When the game arrived this week, I was really excited to see the packaging first hand.
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