Secret of the Swamp Thing (2005)
This wonderful pocket-sized digest collects Wrightson’s first series run. It features 10 of the greatest Swamp Things stories. As I’m sure you’re well aware, the writing and artwork quickly put Swampy in position to be one of the greatest comic book characters. The book is broken up into chapters, each chapter representing Wrightson’s 10 classic issues.
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John, at Rainbow Comics, surprised me with a little paperback book this weekend. The Tor reprint features issues 1-3 of the first series.
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Swamp Thing 24 (1975)
The Earth Below
I feel as if cake and balloons should accompany this post. I should have posted this last week but I have been swamped with work and can finally take the time to present…
the last issue of Swamp Thing series 1! The rendition of Swamp Thing on the cover is one of my favorites. I think the artist was going for motion blur but Swampy’s face looks mossy and shaggy, how I’d imagine a swamp monster would look.
It is interesting that they depicted Swamp Thing fighting Thrudvang yet Alec Holland is in the background. It is strange that Thrudvang is speaking on the cover but the issue hints at him being mute. If I remember correctly, he doesn’t speak in issue 23 & 24.
The title page would look great on the side of a van or airbrushed on a t-shirt. Continue reading “Swamp Thing 24 (Series 1)”
Swamp Thing 23 (1976)
Rebirth and Nightmare
I’ve always enjoyed the last two issues of series 1. Leading up to these issues it becomes very clear that the book was struggling. The issues don’t string together very well and Swamp Thing’s adventures/mishaps are all over the place. Joe Orlando continuously mentioned the numerous creative team changes in the letters pages. I guess the quality of the book suffered with all of the changes and issues in flux. NEVERTHELESS, That’s what makes your favorite characters great. Their portrayal amid shortcomings can be as endearing as their most noble book.
Swamp Thing’s never ending misfortune has now become comical. He has endured 23 issues of agony and bewilderment. Most comic book heroes have a place of sanctuary. Batman has the Bat Cave, Superman has the Fortress of Solitude, Spider-Man has his bedroom but Swampy is just roaming around. and he’s been kidnapped… a few times. 24 issues is a pretty decent streak for bad luck.
They changed the Swamp Thing title design on the cover! The title went from the traditional horror font to this goofy, nondescript title.
I believe the passion is derived from his Rick James boots. Continue reading “Swamp Thing 23 (Series 1)”
Swamp Thing 22 (1976)
The Solomon Plague
Swamp Thing teleports from a space ship to a desert in Arizona.
Swamp Thing is staring at the desert. Continue reading “Swamp Thing 22 (Series 1)”
Swamp Thing 21 (1976)
Swamp Thing is neck deep in it.
Space that is. Continue reading “Swamp Thing 21 (1st Series)”
Swamp Thing 20 (1975)
The Mirror Monster
Swamp Thing vs Swamp Thing. I’m sure you can guess who wins.
Alright, party started. Continue reading “Swamp Thing 20 (1st Series)”
Swamp Thing 19 (1975)
A Second Time To Die
Need Swampy to throw a tank? He can handle that.
Want a swamp monster who has tingling feelings and emotions?
Swampy can do that. Continue reading “Swamp Thing 19 (1st Series)”
Swamp Thing 18 (1975)
Village of the Doomed
Swampy, Cable, Abby & Bolt make it back to the US only to find a twisted little retirement town best described as “Geriatric Disneyland”
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Swamp Thing 17 (1975)
The Destiny Machine
I’ve always felt that this cover was Swampy’s Boston Terrier look. His strangely proportioned face and pug nose is a little disturbing. Maybe it’s because this is a dog filled issue.
Robot hugs! Some delightful fan hired a sky writer to spell Swamp Thing’s name for this great panel. Continue reading “Swamp Thing 17 (1st Series)”
Swamp Thing 16 (1975)
Night of the Walking Dead
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Swamp Thing 15 (1975)
The Soul-Spell of Father Bliss
Swampy has dealt with a lot of adversity and strange occurrences in his short life so it stands to reason that lightening would be the next item on the list.
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Swamp Thing 14 (1975)
The Tomorrow Children
There are some great spreads in this issue.
Swampy encounters all walks of life; Angry town folk, children with psychic powers…
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