DC and LCA Entertainment Style Guide

DC and LCA Entertainment Style Guide (August 1990)

This beautiful, original style guide arrived in the mail yesterday and I’m extremely excited to share this rare gem with you. For those unfamiliar, a style guide exists to assist in maintaining a consist aesthetic within a brand. It usually comes in the form of a multi-page booklet, filled with dos and don’ts relating to logo usage, color palette, how a character should be portrayed, tone, etc. Basically, it’s a rule book to help you stay within the lines while branding and producing merchandise.

This style guide is housed within the Swamp Thing binder that you may have seen me write about or up for auction on ebay. The binder is filled with marketing/promotional/branded material and examples. Many of the illustrations within the style guide have been featured on the various collectibles that spawned from the animated TV series. You’ll probably recognize a lot of the illustrations from the Swamp Thing action figure packaging, board game, slippers, chalk, and various other Swamp Thing collectibles from the early 1990’s. There is so much to see, so I’m going to dive right in. I’ve included every page within the style guide so you won’t miss out on all its glory.

Binder front cover:
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Section One – Introduction
Each section divider features a pattern of Swamp Thing icons; below.
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Pattern detail:
the little icon within the divider page pattern can be found on the packaging of a few Swamp Thing collectibles and can be found as a puffy sticker.
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The Introduction kicks off with a Swamp Thing origin comic. I can’t say I’d ever seen this abridged origin until the binder arrived in the mail yesterday. It’s a departure from the origin we are accustomed to in comics, but very entertaining.
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Dr. Holland has just perfected his bio-restorative formula in his secret, government lab, deep in the Swamps of Louisiana. It seems safe to assume, this strip helps fill-in the origin story gaps of the Swamp Thing animated series. This strip would be fun to see, played-out, prior to the notable animated series intro/theme song. Here, Arcane is the one who plants the bomb in Holland’s lab and he’s come for the formula.
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After the explosion, Arcane salvages what little formula remains after the blast and turns his devoted, unruly henchmen into Un-Men. In typical fashion, Dr Holland’s fiery body crashes into the nearby swamp.
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In this strip, Arcane and the Un-Men are hot on Swamp Thing’s trail to obtain every drop of formula they can from Dr. Holland’s remains. They didn’t bargain on finding something much greater! …Swamp Thing
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Swamp Thing imaginext

Imaginext: DC Super Friends – Batman & Swamp Thing (2018)

The Swamp Thing imaginext figure is finally out and from what I’ve heard, can be found at major retail stores. Next time you’re stollinging through the store be on the lookout for this really fun Swampy and Batman combo pack. Batman is equipped with a backpack and green/plant machete, perhaps provided by Swampy. Detailed photos below.
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Plastic Man Folder

Plastic Man School Folder
Portugal – 1984

This cool Plastic Man folder comes from Portugal. The cover is jam packed with awesome DC covers. Amongst the comics is the partial cover of Swamp Thing #27 “By Demons Driven”
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Front and back, spread
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Cover detail
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Does this count as a Swamp Thing collectible? I suppose it’s debatable, but I think it’s great to see the Swamp Thing series being represented amongst other popular books from ’84. Note: Ilke Hincer, over at george-perez.net, was kind enough to point out that the covers/artwork used in the background is the wraparound cover of DC Sampler #2. But, you will notice they swapped out the Amethyst and Thriller covers. Continue reading “Plastic Man Folder”

Alfredo Alcala – Animated Series Style Guide

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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JLA Action figure – the best Swamp Thing figure in a while

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…

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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.
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The Return of Swamp Thing Soundtrack is finally coming!

You’re probably going to need to sit down for this one…

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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
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The T-shirt!
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and the poster
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Terror Vision is a company focused on three components… and these are kick ass components.

  1. Release obscure movie soundtracks on vinyl (Horror/Schi-Fi/Oddball)
  2. Release films on VHS – both new and classics (Horror/Oddball)
  3. 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.

Ltd Ed Paquette Prints

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).
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The second print features the cover of Swamp Thing 7 (series 5)
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Librairie Bookstore is responsible for getting these in your hands and they couldn’t be more helpful. Drop them a line to get yours

Swamp Thing Pencils!

I was floored to see these Swampy pencils up for auction last week. Primarily because I didn’t know they existed and that two were available, sealed!
Unlike the very similar Swamp Thing pencil toppers, these pencils are topped with traditional, white erasers.
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It’s always exciting to find Swampy collectibles, and discover what other merchandise is out there. The number of merchandised items produced far outweighed the popularity and life of the animated series. Hopefully this year, I intend to publish a catalog of Swamp Thing collectibles, so that other fans and collectors can have a reference for the many Swamp Thing items out there. Stay tuned!

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Here’s a little extra for you!
ST artist, Alfredo Alcala created the artwork for much of the early 90s Swamp Thing merchandise. Below is his artwork that was used on many of the items and the packaging above.
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Black Orchid Promo Poster

Black Orchid Mini-Series Promo Poster (circa 1989)
art by Dave McKean
22″x27″

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This promotional poster was available around the time that Neil Gaiman’s Black Orchid mini-series was released. I was told it may have been a freebie/handed out at local comic shops. Until a couple months ago I’d not seen the poster before, and wasted no time in picking it up. Dave McKeans’s artwork is amazing. I love this mini-series and how Gaiman and McKean explore the characters involved in the story. For a glimpse into the series, check out the Gaiman/McKean interview in Speakeasy 91 from 1988.

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Swamp Thing on Transformers UK

Transformers Magazine 48 UK (1986)
“Swamp-Thing”

It’s strange to be sharing a Transformers comic but I’d been looking for this book for a few years, and it arrived this weekend! I wanted to get a hold of it because it’s titled “Swamp-Thing” and “Swamp Thing” is on the cover. Surely if “Swamp Thing” is on the cover… he’s in the book? Unfortunately not, but the book was titled to reference the greatest DC character of all time, our Swampy.
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How cool is that? Swamp Thing’s popularity crosses over into Marvel and Transformers by way of a UK trade’s title. It’s worth mentioning, Transformers Magazine was a weekly UK publication that reprinted/serialized portions of Marvel’s 1984 Transformers series.  The “Dinobot Hunt” storyline was meant to help bridge the continuity gap between the US and U.K. Transformers series.
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“To Slay the Swamp Thing!” is not something that occurs in the book. In fact, the story in question takes places in Littlewood, California; “Northern California… amidst redwoods, inland waterways and rivers”. The thing in the swamp is Sludge, the Dinobot.

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Autobots and Decepticons are on the hunt for Sludge;  with differening methods.
The dicepticons get the drop on the autobots and capture Sludge.
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The only visual reference to Swamp Thing (or any monster for that matter) is the panel below. Like so many Swamp Thing scenarios, a bruised and battered figure emerges from the murky swamp with a victim of unfortunate circumstances.
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Much like the images below
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The HSPPA Collectibles Prop Pin

My Swamp Thing legs arrived!
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This amazing limited edition pin is available from The HSPPA. It’s adhered to a backing card signed by Daniel Emery Taylor! I love this wacky idea of ST legs as a pin. A tuber pin would be great too!
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Head over to their store to get these fun looking legs. I bet they can get them to you in time for Christmas!

“The HSPPA presents:  collectible prop pins

These pins are caricatures of the actual screen used props in The HSPPA’s Museum of Screen Used Movie Props.

#002: SWAMP LEGS
Seen in the classic horror-comic sequel, THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING!!!

This is a LIMITED EDITION, of 100!! Each pjn ckmes with a Card Back signed by DANIEL EMERY TAYLOR, who played “Darryl,” Swamp Things little buddy, in The Return of Swamp Thing!!!
• Enamel Pin
• Card Back, Autographed
• 2.25-in
• dual post (rubber backers)
• Original Art by: Dani Romero”

Swamp Thing Cross Stitch!

A fellow Swampy fan tipped me off about artist, Jenny Savage, and that she creates these really cool cross stitch illustrations. I saw that Jenny had a Swamp Thing available and had to have it!
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I love her work and the fun that cross stitch brings to the character.
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If you’d like to pick up a piece by Jenny Savage Studio, visit her shop!

DC Postcards Galore

The Art of Vintage DC Comics Postcards

I was searching for a gift at my local antique store a couple months back and was thrilled to see this box, tucked away within a display case.
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In celebrating their 75th anniversary, DC Comics released this box of 100 postcards featuring some of DC’s greatest comics and covers.

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This large collection features a single Swamp Thing postcard!
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Swamp Thing #1!

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I thumbed through the stack of postcards to share some of my favorite books.
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back of packaging/box:
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