Greetings from the desert fellow CBSI members. Swamp Thing or as some affectionately like to call him Swampy, is a complex DC creation that goes back many years. While thick in lore, he’s often misunderstood or cast off as just a C level character. In actuality, there is a rabid fan base that appreciates this jolly green giant. He is truly a beautiful disaster in every sense. There may be some of you reading this who are unsure about his roots, pun intended. With that, here’s a good quick look at his history and origin.
“Alec Holland was an idealistic scientist who was synthesizing a top-secret chemical in his hidden lab in the marshlands. But after a bomb in his office explodes, the young scientist is murdered. Or so it seems. Because rising in his place is the Swamp Thing, a creature made of vegetation that’s absorbed Alec Holland’s memories, personality—and grief.”
“The monstrous Swamp Thing can control every iota of plant life on this planet, from the fungus on stale bread to forests of towering oaks. Superhumanly strong and grotesque, he can grow himself a full array of titanic bodies from even the tiniest sprout of green. A living embodiment of the power and terror in our environment, the Swamp Thing protects both humanity and the environment—usually from each other.”
Now is no better time that to take a dive into this world as the DC Universe new series is hitting our TV screens in the near future. Within this article I will touch on key issues and covers worth a look.
It all started with this iconic issue. In my humble opinion, this is THE perfect cover by Bernie Wrightson. The artistry, emotions, and colors all play out to what is considered a top 10 cover of all time, myself included.
Let’s now take a gander chronologically at the other covers that stand out and are worth an investment if you so choose to put your money in this direction.
*1st John Constantine Cameo
1st app of John Constantine
1st cameo/app of Justice League Dark
1st app of JLD
Well there you have it! A almost half century look at Swampy in all his green glory. Throughout this run there have been hundreds of covers. Hell, Vol 2 had 175 issues on its own. With this, there is no doubt Swamp Thing has historical roots within the DC Universe. There is a definitive love affair with both the creators and fans have with this creature. This is a great quote by someone you may recognize…
“Here's a list of some of the folks who have written Swamp Thing over the years: Alan Moore, Len Wein, Scott Snyder, Brian K Vaughan, Joshua Dysart, Rick Veitch, Grant Morrison, Mark Millar. That's not even a full list, but you see my point – ol' Swampy has had some seriously brilliant people behind the keyboard in his time.”
– Charles Soule
We will end with a cover that bookends the House of Secrets 92 issue. The running argument has always been is this Swamp Thing or Man Thing? I will let you decide. Comic lore says it was a prototype story of Swampy by Len Wein.
A penny for your thoughts…