Swamp Thing sneaking into the covers Pt.3

Cracked Monster Party! #7 (1989)

In another installment of “sneaking into the covers”, Cracked’s Sylvester P Smythe gets the ‘ol Swamp Thing treatment on the backside.

Back cover:
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This fantastic parody of Swamp Thing has been eluding me for over 5 years. When out of town or visiting friends, I’d always take time to ask comic shops if they had any Monster Party books. The typical answer was, “no”. I’ve kept many a friend waiting an inappropriately long time, digging through old long boxes stuffed with magazines like Starlog, Mad, Cracked, Fantastic Films, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Eerie, Fangoria, etc; looking for this book. It’s a thrill to finally find it.

front cover:
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Swamp Thing sneaking into the covers Pt.2

Cracked Monster Party 12 (1991)

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On a recent trip to Minneapolis, MN, I visited some of the comic shops looking for Swamp Thing appearances. I’m always on the look out for Cracked Monster Party books-and find them extremely difficult to find- as well as comic industry magazines that might feature an article related to Swamp Thing.
I found this issue of Monster Party within a short-box full of Starlog Magazines. Before purchasing the book, I skimmed through it the best I could and noticed it was chock-full-of famous monsters from film and literature. I was sure Swamp Thing was hidden within the pages somewhere.

Well, he wasn’t. He was hiding on the cover the entire time. King Kong sweeps the election and tramples Swamp Thing in the process. Swampy doesn’t know what hit him.
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Underdog & The Mop-Thing!

Underdog 6 (1975)
“The Mop-Thing”

It took me a little while but I finally tracked down this fantastic Swamp Thing parody within Underdog 6.
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One of a few stories within this comic is, “The Mop-Thing!”. The story tells the tale of the Swamp Thing-like muck monster with “hideous strength and horrifying stench”.
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Underdog ventured down to the bayou for a vacation but instead gets a history lesson in Mop-Thing. Similar to Alec Holland’s fate, a “brilliant research scientist” meets his fate in the swamp, covered in his own ingenious “soda pop or fantastic new hair tonic”.
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The swamp monster ends up making his way into town and after a little confusion, he lands a deal with a movie agent!
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Elvira’s House of Mystery 5

Elvira’s House of Mystery 5 (1986)

Swamp Thing pops up in another Elvira book! This very small appearance/reference to the Swamp Thing series is pretty neat and you may miss it if not looking close enough. Swamp Thing was also referenced in Elvira’s House of Mystery 11.

Elvira provides the interstitial entertainment for a couple horror stories within the book. While she is chatting with Cain and about the stories, Swamp Thing #48 “A Murder Of Crows” can be seen more than a few times amongst her pile of comic books. The book appears twice on the page below.

The book appears three times on the page below.

Elvira even takes the time to enjoy the sophisticated suspense of issue #48!

“y’know–he looks familiar! I think I might have dated this guy!” I would not be surprised at all if Elvira and Swampy had a tryst at some point. They seem like they’d be a good couple.

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Swamp Thing: The Gortons Fisherman

Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special 1 (2017)
Harley Quinn & Friends in… Somewhere That’s Green
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Within Harley’s Anniversary issue lies a short story featuring Swamp Thing. This story is bonkers in the best way! I stopped a few times to laugh and ask, “what the hell is going on?”. I waited a week to write about it, hoping folks have had a chance to check it out. If you haven’t yet, please notice spoilers await.

I’ve not heard much chat about this appearances from fellow muck maniacs. It’s an extremely fun and flippant Swampy appearance that seems fitting, in light of his recent, random appearances (comics as well as film). I’m thinking it may fall in the ol’ parody category.

New York is in a panic, bracing for impact as hurricane Jenny approaches. Harley and Ivy are cool as cucumbers, while the locals are shedding their humanity.
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Harley and Ivy navigate through the pre-storm chaos to the produce section.
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Speaking of cool cucumbers, Swampy doesn’t spring from produce stands enough. More of that would be great.
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Swampy’s come for Dr Isley, looking to take her within the Green to assist in stopping hurricane Jenny. I bet he’s thinking, “with our powers… combined… we can… pull a Captain Planet… maneuver!”
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Bleepers! 3

Bleepers! 3 (1981)
Bleepers Meets the Monsters

Swamp Thing learns the woeful lesson of substituting margarine for _________ (noun), in Bleepers! a Mad Libs-like game that uses beautiful Bernie Wrightson art in an unconventional way. You’ll most likely recognize Mike Kaluta’s House of Secrets 101 (1972) being used for the Bleepers cover.
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For those unfamiliar with how the game works, here’s the low down!
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In case you forgot your parts of speech and lost your grammatical way…
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Before reading any further, I need to warn you that what you knew as Swamp Thing is about to change. The story begins, and the edible remains of Alec Holland -the cookie making mad scientist- rises up as a mixture of… stuff
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In a world… where Nobel Peace (plural nouns) are given out like candy, Alec Holland is on the hunt for the perfect chocolate chip cookie!
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PROOF: Swampy was at Stupidman’s Funeral

The Death of Stupidman (1993)

The hunt for any and all things Swamp Thing -no matter how crazy or great- is a never ending job. This oddball parody book serves as the perfect example. I found it while rooting through some Long boxes looking for Super Friends (1976) books.
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All of the characters in the book seem to be “stupidheroes” but I can’t imagine they’d call Swampy, “Stupid Thing”! …of course they wouldn’t.
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Unfortunately Stupid Thing doesn’t appear in the book. The story parodies Doomsday and Superman’s epic battle to the end.
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It’s not a very big book but it contains some funny gems like the series of panels below.
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