History ComicBook / SwampThing

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* ElementalPowersElementalPowers: Though not the usual classical elemental types
** [[GreenThumb The Green]]
** [[Animorphism The Red]]
** [[MakeThemRot The Rot]]
** [[ExtraOreDinary The Metal]]
** [[FesteringFungus The Grey]]
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* HiveMind: The Metal, though individual agents express a certain amounts of individuality.
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* BadFuture: [[CrapsackWorld Rotworld]], in which the Rot has taken over the Earth, most heroes and villains are dead and the few left alive are dying in resistance,and Anton Arcane controls nearly everything
** Also in the Swamp Thing: Future's End tie-in, in which Arcane has usurped control of Avatar of the Rot from Abby and Swamp Thing [[HeroicSacrifice turns himself into a bomb to destroy him]].
17th Jan '17 9:38:04 AM narm00
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The book was among the first to abandon the Comics Code, and paved the way for the DarkerAndEdgier comics of the eighties and nineties, including Moore's own ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' and DC's [[Creator/VertigoComics Vertigo]] imprint (ComicBook/JohnConstantine himself first appeared in ''Swamp Thing''). Swamp Thing also showed publishers that holding comics to a higher literary standard did not necessarily mean a drop in sales.

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The book was among the first to abandon the Comics Code, and paved the way for the DarkerAndEdgier comics of the eighties and nineties, including Moore's own ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' and DC's [[Creator/VertigoComics Vertigo]] imprint (ComicBook/JohnConstantine himself first appeared in ''Swamp Thing'').imprint, where the series eventually ended up, outside the main DCU. Swamp Thing also showed publishers that holding comics to a higher literary standard did not necessarily mean a drop in sales.



Moore, however, retconned the character's origin, turning him into GaiasVengeance. It was revealed that the Swamp Thing was really a separate entity from Alec Holland, a plant elemental who had taken on his memories during its fiery birth from the ashes of Holland's lab. Holland's ghost even showed up. Moore's experimentation ranged far and wide during his run, and kept the comic from going under. In fact, a number of other notable writers have taken up the pen since (Creator/GrantMorrison, Creator/BrianKVaughan, Creator/MarkMillar and most recently Creator/CharlesSoule). The character of John Constantine originated on ''Swamp Thing'' during Moore's run and was spun off into his own title, ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''.

Eventually, the Swamp Thing and his long-time love Abby Arcane-Cable got together (common law marriage) and they had a daughter named Tefé, after the river in Brazil. John Constantine was the biological father. The first Vertigo revival of ''Swamp Thing'', by Brian K Vaughan, focused on Tefé as the central character.

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Moore, however, retconned the character's origin, turning him into GaiasVengeance. It was revealed that the Swamp Thing was really a separate entity from Alec Holland, a plant elemental who had taken on his memories during its fiery birth from the ashes of Holland's lab. Holland's ghost even showed up. Moore's experimentation ranged far and wide during his run, and kept the comic from going under. In fact, a number of other notable writers have taken up the pen since (Creator/GrantMorrison, Creator/BrianKVaughan, Creator/MarkMillar Creator/MarkMillar, Creator/ScottSnyder and most recently Creator/CharlesSoule). The character of John Constantine originated on ''Swamp Thing'' during Moore's run and was spun off into his own title, ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''.

Eventually, the Swamp Thing and his long-time love Abby Arcane-Cable got together (common law marriage) and they had a daughter named Tefé, after the river in Brazil. John Constantine was the biological father. The first Vertigo revival of ''Swamp Thing'', by Brian K Vaughan, focused on Tefé as the central character.
character; the next series shifted it back to her father again.

The climax of ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'' saw Swamp Thing returned to the main DCU, along with Alec Holland, resurrected by [[Franchise/GreenLantern the White Light of Life]]. He got a new series as part of the ComicBook/{{New 52}} where Alec discovered he was supposed to have been Swamp Thing, perhaps the greatest Swamp Thing of all, but had died before he could be transformed, and as a result, the Parliament of Trees had decided instead to try and replicate him, see if that would work. With the replica gone, however, the Parliament needed a new avatar... namely Alec himself. After much struggle, Alec embraced his fate, deciding to become the Swamp Thing for real.



* BloodierAndGorier: [[spoiler: The reboot series. Just... so damn much... especially... Abagail's severed head [[NauseaFuel and her spinal column, esophagus, and wind pipe being held by Anton Arcane...]].]]

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* BloodierAndGorier: [[spoiler: The reboot series. Just... so damn much... especially... Abagail's Abigail's severed head [[NauseaFuel and her spinal column, esophagus, and wind pipe being held by Anton Arcane...]].]]



* CaptainErsatz: For a ''house''. The haunted mansion Swamp Thing visits in the American Gothic arc is clearly meant to be the Winchester Mystery House. Swamp Thing himself is a CaptainErsatz of of the Golden Age monster The Heap.

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* CaptainErsatz: For a ''house''. The haunted mansion Swamp Thing visits in the American Gothic arc is clearly meant to be the Winchester Mystery House. Swamp Thing himself is a CaptainErsatz of of the Golden Age monster The Heap.



* CosmicHorrorStory: Issue 8# of the original run by Len Wein has is an obvious H. P. Lovecraft homage, featuring Swamp Thing visiting a [[TownWithADarkSecret mining town, whose natural treasures have drown out years ago, leading to its mayor to commit a dark ritual summoning an evil god M'Nagalah, who absorbed him and started absorbing others to grow, hiding in the town's abandoned mine,]] claiming to have actually inspired Lovecraft and other horror writers. Town's people tricked Swamp Thing into going to him to be absorbed, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu but he defeated him]] and went on his way, [[TheEndOrIsIt with the story showing one of the town's people possessed by the god.]] M'Nagalah would later show up in Challengers of the Unknown (where Swampy was guest-starring in after his first series was canceled), Trechcoat Brigade mini-series, [[Comicbook/TheAtom All-New Atom]] and most recently, New 52's Comicbook/SecretSix.

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* CosmicHorrorStory: Issue 8# #8 of the original run by Len Wein has is an obvious H. P. Lovecraft homage, featuring Swamp Thing visiting a [[TownWithADarkSecret mining town, whose natural treasures have drown run out years ago, leading to its mayor to commit a dark ritual summoning an evil god M'Nagalah, who absorbed him and started absorbing others to grow, hiding in the town's abandoned mine,]] claiming to have actually inspired Lovecraft and other horror writers. Town's The town's people tricked Swamp Thing into going to him to be absorbed, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu but he defeated him]] and went on his way, [[TheEndOrIsIt with the story showing one of the town's people possessed by the god.]] M'Nagalah would later show up in Challengers of the Unknown (where Swampy was guest-starring in after his first series was canceled), Trechcoat Brigade mini-series, Trenchcoat Brigade, [[Comicbook/TheAtom All-New Atom]] and most recently, the New 52's Comicbook/SecretSix.



** The ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' series introduces The Rot who acts as the natural force of death and decay.

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** The ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' series introduces The Rot who Rot, which acts as the natural force of death and decay.



** During the New 52 series, however, they end up as StarCrossedLovers, [[spoiler:being avatars of the Green and the Rot respectively]].



* HumansAreSpecial: The New 52 title brings up the idea that Alec makes such a powerful Swamp Thing is because humans have a conscience and thus can make decisions that the rest of the Green cannot.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: Swamp Thing in his Battle with Arcane: [[ThatManIsDead "No, Arcane... You... Have never... Encountered...]] '''[[BoldInflation Me]]''' [[GaiasVengeance before...]] [[TookALevelInBadass This... is our... first battle..."]] Cue epic beatdown by Swampy.

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* HumansAreSpecial: The New 52 title brings up the idea that Alec makes such a powerful Swamp Thing what human avatars bring to the Green is restraint, because humans have a conscience and thus can make decisions that the rest of the Green cannot.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: Swamp Thing in his Battle battle with Arcane: [[ThatManIsDead "No, Arcane... You... Have never... Encountered...]] '''[[BoldInflation Me]]''' [[GaiasVengeance before...]] [[TookALevelInBadass This... is our... first battle..."]] Cue epic beatdown by Swampy.



*** But now he's being returned to the DCU proper. [[spoiler: In ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'', the Swamp Thing has become the Avatar of Death, while the original, human Alec Holland has been revived to be "Earth's ultimate champion."]]

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*** But now he's being returned to the DCU proper. [[spoiler: In ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'', the ** However, Swamp Thing has become ends up reintegrated with the Avatar of Death, while main DCU with ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'' and the original, human Alec Holland has been revived to be "Earth's ultimate champion."]]New 52.



** When Abby gets jailed for it, the entire legal system still wants to prosecute her for it even as an enraged Swamp Things threatens to destroy Gotham. It's left to Batman to point out the legal hypocrisy in the DCU when he notes that the courts would have to jail the likes of [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Starfire]], [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter J'onn]], and... oh, [[Franchise/{{Superman}} that guy in Metropolis]].

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** When Abby gets jailed for it, the entire legal system still wants to prosecute her for it even as an enraged Swamp Things threatens to destroy Gotham. It's left to Batman to point out the legal hypocrisy in the DCU when he notes that the courts would have to jail the likes of [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Starfire]], ComicBook/{{Starfire}}, [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter J'onn]], and... oh, [[Franchise/{{Superman}} that guy in Metropolis]].



* LegacyCharacter: Tefé in Brian K Vaughan's volume, in the author's intent. Apparently [[FanDumb some people didn't get this]] and criticized this volume for not featuring her father enough.

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Tefé in Brian K Vaughan's volume, in the author's intent. Apparently [[FanDumb some people didn't get this]] and criticized this volume for not featuring her father enough.enough.
** Alec himself in the New 52, taking over for his replica. A few previous Swamp Things also play a part in the series.



* MistakenForOwnMurderer: Government agent Matthew Cable, encountering the title character for the first time, believes that he's Alec Holland's murderer. Eventually the Swamp Thing manages to convince him that he is Holland or so he and everyone assumes prior to the Alan Moore retcon.

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* MistakenForOwnMurderer: Government agent Matthew Cable, encountering the title character for the first time, believes that he's Alec Holland's murderer. Eventually the Swamp Thing manages to convince him that he is Holland - or so he and everyone assumes prior to the Alan Moore retcon.



* PopularityPower: Subverted, when Batman takes on Swamp Thing, he gets demolished.

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* PopularityPower: Subverted, Subverted; when Batman takes on Swamp Thing, he gets demolished.



** Jason Woodrue tries using the power of the Green to serve human purposes in the New 52 run, but doesn't understand what he's doing with it comes at the expense of another part of the Green, so people still end up suffering.



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Volume 2, Issue 63. During Moore's run, Swamp Thing returns to earth after planet hopping using the green. Despite missing his lover terribly the entire time, he starts things off by killing four executives of the Sunderland Corporation; the company responsible for sending him off planet to begin with, and the source of a great deal of grief the entire comic's run.
* SinglePaletteTown: An issue where the protagonist goes to an alien world in blue and remakes it to look more like home... [[spoiler: with the worst case of multiple personality disorder ever seen in a comic book.]]

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Volume 2, Issue 63. During Moore's run, Swamp Thing returns to earth Earth after planet hopping using the green. Green. Despite missing his lover terribly the entire time, he starts things off by killing four executives of the Sunderland Corporation; Corporation, the company responsible for sending him off planet to begin with, and the source of a great deal of grief the entire comic's run.
* SinglePaletteTown: An issue where the protagonist goes to an alien world in blue and remakes it to look more like home... [[spoiler: with the worst case of multiple personality disorder ever seen in a comic book.]]
7th Dec '16 11:17:03 PM Xtifr
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'''Swamp Thing''' is a comic book character created in 1972 by Len Wein and famed horror artist Bernie Wrightson. The Swamp Thing first appeared in a one-shot horror tale in ''House of Secrets'' #92 (June-July, 1971). He was then reworked as a character suitable for series appearances in ''Swamp Thing'' vol. 1 #1 (November, 1972). Both stories were co-created by Wein and Wrightson. He later appeared in [[Film/SwampThing two live]] [[Film/TheReturnOfSwampThing action movies]], a TV series, and a syndicated action cartoon. He has undergone numerous {{retcon}}s over the years by various authors looking to rejuvenate the series, but the definitive one came during Creator/AlanMoore's run on the series, which was also his first American title, and his first for DC.

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'''Swamp Thing''' Swamp Thing is a comic book character created in 1972 by Len Wein and famed horror artist Bernie Wrightson. The Swamp Thing first appeared in a one-shot horror tale in ''House of Secrets'' #92 (June-July, 1971). He was then reworked as a character suitable for series appearances in ''Swamp Thing'' vol. 1 #1 (November, 1972). Both stories were co-created by Wein and Wrightson. He later appeared in [[Film/SwampThing two live]] [[Film/TheReturnOfSwampThing action movies]], a TV series, and a syndicated action cartoon. He has undergone numerous {{retcon}}s over the years by various authors looking to rejuvenate the series, but the definitive one came during Creator/AlanMoore's run on the series, which was also his first American title, and his first for DC.
18th Nov '16 12:28:00 PM strejda
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* CosmicHorrorStory: Issue 8# of the original run by Len Wein has is an obvious H. P. Lovecraft homage, featuring Swamp Thing visiting a [[TownWithADarkSecret mining town, whose natural treasures have drown out years ago, leading to its mayor to commit a dark ritual summoning an evil god M'Nagalah, who absorbed him and started absorbing others to grow, hiding in the town's abandoned mine,]] claiming to have actually inspired Lovecraft and other horror writers. Town's people tricked Swamp Thing into going to him to be absorbed, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu but he defeated him]] and went on his way, [[TheEndOrIsIt with the story showing one of the town's people possessed by the god.]] M'Nagalah would later show up in Challengers of the Unknown (where Swampy was guest-starring in after his first series was canceled), Trechcoat Brigade mini-series, [[Comicbook/TheAtom All-New Atom]] and most recently, New 52's Comicbook/SecretSix.
27th Oct '16 4:07:53 PM bwburke94
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The book was among the first to abandon the Comics Code, and paved the way for the DarkerAndEdgier comics of the eighties and nineties, including Moore's own ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' and DC's [[Creator/VertigoComics Vertigo]] imprint ([[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] himself first appeared in ''Swamp Thing''). Swamp Thing also showed publishers that holding comics to a higher literary standard did not necessarily mean a drop in sales.

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The book was among the first to abandon the Comics Code, and paved the way for the DarkerAndEdgier comics of the eighties and nineties, including Moore's own ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' and DC's [[Creator/VertigoComics Vertigo]] imprint ([[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] (ComicBook/JohnConstantine himself first appeared in ''Swamp Thing''). Swamp Thing also showed publishers that holding comics to a higher literary standard did not necessarily mean a drop in sales.
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* HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs: Swamp Thing shares his point of view with Abby (as well as GRatedSex) by giving her a hallucinogenic fruit spawned from his "body".
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* DiscoveringYourOwnDeadBody: Swampy eventually retrieves the skeleton of the real Alec Holland from the swamp, guided by the spirit of Alec himself and proving once and for all he's not really Alec.
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