|Creator:||Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson|
|Date(s):||1971 - present|
|Medium:||Comic Books, Television, Films, Animated series, video games|
|Country of Origin:||United States|
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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.
- Swamp Thing:
- Abby Holland née Arcane
- Matthew Cable
- John Constantine
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.
- Swamp Thing (1980s films) - 1982 & 1989 sequel directed by Wes Craven
- Swamp Thing (USA TV series) - 1990-1993 live-action TV series
- Swamp Thing (Fox TV series) - 1991 animated series
- Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths - 2010 animated film
- Justice League Action - various episodes voiced by Mark Hamill
- Arrowverse (Constantine/Legends of Tomorrow) - only mentioned by John, but it canonizes the character in the universe
- Justice League Dark - 2017 animated film
- Batman and Harley Quinn - 2017 animated film
- Injustice 2 - playable video game character
- Swamp Thing (2019 TV series) - 2019 live-action TV series
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
Archives & Fannish Links
- Swamp Thing (1990) & Swamp Thing (2019) works at FFN
- Swamp Thing (Comics) & (1990 TV Series) & (2019 TV series) works at AO3
- Arcane Knowledge
- Swamp Thing TV Fanfic Archive
- Undying Devotion
- Greg Plantamura's Annotations for Swamp Thing
- Roots of the Swamp Thing