Swamp Thing

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Name: Swamp Thing
Creator: Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson
Date(s): 1971 - present
Medium: Comic Books, Television, Films, Animated series, video games
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Wikipedia
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Swamp Thing is a DC Comics property focusing on the character of the same name.


The character first appeared in House of Secrets #92 (July 1971).

The Swamp Thing is a humanoid/plant elemental creature, and has had several humanoid or monster incarnations in various different storylines The character is a swamp monster and fights to protect his swamp home, the environment in general, and humanity from various supernatural or terrorist threats.

John Constantine first appeared in the series, before eventually gaining his own title.

Main Characters


Swamp Thing has been adapted many times, such as various alternate DC universes but also various different types of media: live-action films and television shows, animated films or shows and video games.


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Sure, people know about the character as one of those weird DC Vertigo people (though he’s been vastly overshadowed even there by Sandman and others), but there was a time, close to a decade, that Swamp Thing was a legitimate merchandising phenomenon, with action figures, an animated series, a live action television series, and multiple movies that existed independently of any kind of superhero boom. All of that has basically vanished, and Swamp Thing is no more or less obscure than any of comics’ other “chiller” characters, like Vampirella.

The reason for Swamp Thing’s initial wave of popularity in the 1980s is hard to explain to anyone who wasn’t there, but let me try: a big part of the pop culture of the 1980s was actually fifties nostalgia. Kind of like how much of the pop culture of today is eighties nostalgia (hello, Stranger Things, anyone?). Swamp Thing was retro, a schlocky sort of monster movie, with a creature, a girl, and evil mad scientists. It met a hunger in its time that doesn’t exist now.vintagegeekculture

The Alan Moore run of Swamp Thing (Volume 2) was fairly popular and brought more depth to the character and is often considered a fan favorite and/or recommended to new Swamp Thing readers[1][2].



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Archives & Fannish Links


  1. ^ Swamp Thing: The Alan Moore Years. IGN. Published 20 Dec 2005. Last updated 18 May 2012.
  2. ^ Top 10 Alan Moore Comics Every Fan Should Read. Geek Insider. 9 Apr 2015. - Swamp Thing was the third suggestion.