History Comicbook / SwampThing

16th Jun '18 2:22:12 PM Scorntex
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* AnthropomorphicPersonification

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* AnthropomorphicPersonificationAnimalMotifs: Flies, and Anton Arcane.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Swamp Thing, for plant life. The ''New 52'' storylines add representatives for animal life, decay, machine life, writing...



-->'''Swamp Thing: Fools'''. You are in a '''cave'''... beneath the '''clean earth'''... in the center... of a '''rainforest'''.... You... do not even... have a chance."

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-->'''Swamp Thing: Fools'''. You are in a '''cave'''... beneath the '''clean earth'''... in the center... of a '''rainforest'''.... You... do not even... have a chance."



* BloodierAndGorier: [[spoiler: The New 52 reboot series. Just... so damn much... especially... Abigail's severed head [[NauseaFuel and her spinal column, esophagus, and wind pipe being held by Anton Arcane...]].]]

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* BloodierAndGorier: [[spoiler: The New 52 reboot series. Just... so damn much... especially... Abigail's severed head [[NauseaFuel and her spinal column, esophagus, and wind pipe being held by Anton Arcane...]].]] ]
* BodyHorror: The Monkey King takes on the shape of its targets fears, but not very well, which just makes it all the more disturbing when it tries to look like Paul's mother.



* ComicBookDeath: Anton Arcane died in the last issue before Moore took over. Of course, in comic books, dead doesn't necessarily mean ''dead''.



* CurbStompBattle: Swamp Thing vs [[RealityWarper Anton Arcane]], Swamp Thing vs [[ReligionOfEvil the Brujera]], and Swamp Thing vs Franchise/{{Batman}}.

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* CurbStompBattle: CurbStompBattle:
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Swamp Thing vs [[RealityWarper Anton Arcane]], Swamp Thing vs [[ReligionOfEvil the Brujera]], and Swamp Thing vs Franchise/{{Batman}}.



* CutLexLuthorACheck: Actually the TropeCodifier. During the arc where Swamp Thing holds Gotham City hostage until Abby is freed, enemies from the Sutherland Corporation bring in Luthor as a "consultant" who maps out how to destroy Swamp Thing. Luthor finishes his presentation 10 seconds early, just so the Sutherland people have enough time to write out his check.

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* CutLexLuthorACheck: CutLexLuthorACheck:
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Actually the TropeCodifier. During the arc where Swamp Thing holds Gotham City hostage until Abby is freed, enemies from the Sutherland Sunderland Corporation bring in Luthor as a "consultant" who maps out how to destroy Swamp Thing. Luthor finishes his presentation 10 seconds early, just so the Sutherland Sunderland people have enough time to write out his check.check.
** Before that, the Sunderland corporation hires Jason Woodrue, the Floronic Man, to assist them with examining Swampy's corpse. While they do cut him his check, Sutherland also decides to treat the former supervillain like crap. Not a good idea when the supervillain knows how to operate your computer controlled security system, which you've left unattended...



* DealWithTheDevil: Matt falls afoul of one, in the same issue Jason Blood tells Abigail about one he made with Etrigan, noting how it backfired - "A bargain with a demon is no bargain at all. Demons cheat. It's in their nature."



* DramaticIrony: As Matt is dying in a car crash, Abigail curses "damn you to hell, Matt Cable", for leaving her to deal with a demonic monkey monster on her own. Very poor choice of words, as it transpires.



* EvilUncle: Anton Arcane

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* EvilUncle: Anton ArcaneArcane, to Abigail.



* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Before setting out into the night, we see what Matt Cable's watching on the TV - a documentary on flies.
** After Matt's car accident, Abby notes he's become a lot better, but they've been having a serious problems with flies lately.



* HeroicBSOD: Swamp Thing undergoes a major one after learning that he is the TomatoInTheMirror. Abby also has one after she realizes the AwfulTruth about her husband.

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* HeroicBSOD: HeroicBSOD:
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Swamp Thing undergoes a major one after learning that he is the TomatoInTheMirror. Abby also has one after she realizes the AwfulTruth about her husband.



* HopeSpot: In "A Time of Running...", Matt overcomes his guilt, gets in his car and prepares to go help Abby. But he's also blind drunk, and promptly crashes the car. It gets worse from there. [[DealWithTheDevil So very worse.]]



* MeaningfulName: The Sunderland corporation, who were not friends of nature.

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* MeaningfulName: TheManBehindTheMan: Once the Monkey King is caged, Etrigan hints to Abigail that someone let it lose. She doesn't suspect, but the readers do. [[spoiler:It's Arcane.]]
* MeaningfulEcho: "The night can make a man see himself." [...] "The night can make a man more brave. But not more ''sober''."
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** The title of Moore's first issue? "Loose Ends". As in tying up the last plot points of the previous writers.
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The Sunderland corporation, who were not friends of nature.



** In the first ever issue, the main thug responsible for killing Alec Holland tries to shoot Swamp Thing, not realizing he's ImmuneToBullets. "Die! (BLAM) (Swamp Thing approaches) Why won't you DIE! (BLAM BLAM) (Swamp Thing is face-to-face with him) DIE! (Click) Oh...my...God..."

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** In the first ever issue, the main thug responsible for killing Alec Holland tries to shoot Swamp Thing, not realizing he's ImmuneToBullets. "Die! (BLAM) (Swamp Thing approaches) Why won't you DIE! (BLAM BLAM) (Swamp Thing is face-to-face with him) DIE! (Click) Oh...my... my... God..."


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* RealityEnsues: Drunk driving at night will kill you, regardless of whether you're trying to make things up to your wife.
4th May '18 5:32:43 AM Paireon
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Besides the comic book series the character has appeared in a few other iterations such as a [[Film/SwampThing live action film]] and its [[Film/TheReturnOfSwampThing sequel]], a [[Series/SwampThing1990 live-action TV series]] and a short-lived AnimatedAdaptation that had its own toy line.

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Besides the comic book series the character has appeared in a few other iterations such as a [[Film/SwampThing live action film]] and its [[Film/TheReturnOfSwampThing sequel]], a [[Series/SwampThing1990 live-action TV series]] and a short-lived AnimatedAdaptation that had its own toy line.
line and video game tie-in.
28th Apr '18 11:08:17 PM narm00
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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 from 1983 through 1987, which was also his first American title, and his first for DC.

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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 from 1983 through 1987, which was also his first American title, and his first for DC.
26th Apr '18 8:59:16 AM dungeonmaster11
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* ShallowParody: Volume 2, Issue 4 features a children's television show host who espouses a series of [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop questionable lessons]] on how strangers are just friends you haven't met yet...all in the service of a child-eating demon he sold his soul to. Of special note is how he likes to use the term [[TVSeries/{{MrRogersNeighborhood}} neighbor]]. Said issue then features one of the characters [[AuthorTract going on a rant]] about [[CrapsackWorld the world is an awful place]] and that kids should be taught that instead.
26th Apr '18 8:58:31 AM dungeonmaster11
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Issue 4 of Saga of Swamp Thing features children's show host who, in addition to being a rather mean-spirited ShallowParody of [[Fred Rogers]], is also a willing host to child-murdering demon.


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* ShallowParody: Volume 2, Issue 4 features a children's television show host who espouses a series of [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop questionable lessons]] on how strangers are just friends you haven't met yet...all in the service of a child-eating demon he sold his soul to. Of special note is how he likes to use the term [[TVSeries/{{MrRogersNeighborhood}} neighbor]]. Said issue then features one of the characters [[AuthorTract going on a rant]] about [[CrapsackWorld the world is an awful place]] and that kids should be taught that instead.
26th Apr '18 8:50:47 AM dungeonmaster11
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Issue 4 of Saga of Swamp Thing features children's show host who, in addition to being a rather mean-spirited ShallowParody of [[Fred Rogers]], is also a willing host to child-murdering demon.
25th Mar '18 8:37:54 AM narm00
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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/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}}''.

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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/ScottSnyder and most recently Creator/CharlesSoule). The character of John Constantine ComicBook/JohnConstantine originated on ''Swamp Thing'' during Moore's run and was spun off into his own title, ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''.



The climax of ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'' controversially saw the death of Swamp Thing (possessed by Nekron) and his replacement with Alec Holland, as Geoff Johns effectively erased Alan Moore's famed retcon of Swamp Thing and Alec Holland as separate people and firmly re-established that Holland WAS Swamp Thing. Needless to say, this not well accepted and after a three issue "Search for Swamp Thing" mini-series, Brightest Day was retconned out by the ComicBoook/{{New 52}} and all was well in the world. With the New 52, Swamp Thing joined the Justice League (Dark branch) and was featured in regular crossovers with Animal Man as new concepts/Parliaments such as the Red (animals) and grey (rot/decay/death) were introduced, with Anton Arcane returning as a regular villain for the franchise.

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The climax of ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'' controversially saw the death of Swamp Thing (possessed by Nekron) and his replacement with Alec Holland, as Geoff Johns effectively erased put an end to Alan Moore's famed retcon of Swamp Thing and Alec Holland as separate people and firmly re-established that Holland WAS Swamp Thing. Needless to say, this not well accepted and after a three issue "Search for Swamp Thing" mini-series, Brightest Day Thing... or at least was retconned out by meant to be. [[RefusalOfTheCall Alec had other ideas.]] Following the ComicBoook/{{New CosmicRetcon of ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', Scott Snyder's ComicBook/{{New 52}} run opened with a resurrected Alec on the run from his long-deferred destiny, only to find himself having to accept the transformation to try and all was well in the world. With the New 52, save Abby, finally becoming Swamp Thing joined the Justice League (Dark branch) in truth.

Swamp Thing went on to join ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark,
and was featured in regular crossovers with Animal Man ComicBook/AnimalMan as new concepts/Parliaments such as the Red (animals) and grey Grey (rot/decay/death) were introduced, with Anton Arcane returning as a regular villain for the franchise.



* ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark''



** Creator/AlanMoore's arrival on the book and plans for Swamp Thing, caused an entire issue of DC Comics Presents to be shelved due to it contradicting his plans for revealing Swamp Thing was always a plant. The story is still mentioned in vague details.

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** Creator/AlanMoore's arrival on the book and plans for Swamp Thing, Thing caused an entire issue of DC Comics Presents to be shelved due to it contradicting his plans for revealing Swamp Thing was always a plant. The story is still mentioned in vague details.



* ArmorPiercingQuestion: The Swamp Thing stops Woodrue's rampage by asking [[spoiler:What plants will breathe without animals to exhale carbon dioxide]]. Woodrue has a VillainousBSOD.

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: The Swamp Thing stops Woodrue's rampage by asking [[spoiler:What [[spoiler:what plants will breathe without animals to exhale carbon dioxide]]. Woodrue has a VillainousBSOD.



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

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* BloodierAndGorier: [[spoiler: The New 52 reboot series. Just... so damn much... especially... Abigail's severed head [[NauseaFuel and her spinal column, esophagus, and wind pipe being held by Anton Arcane...]].]]



* EvenEvilHasStandards: When the live-action show was airing, the network sometimes showed PSA's where Swampy and Arcane said there's one thing even they can agree on: DrugsAreBad.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: When the live-action show was airing, the network sometimes showed PSA's [=PSAs=] where Swampy and Arcane said there's one thing even they can agree on: DrugsAreBad.



** Abby's BSOD at one point involved [[OutDamnedSpot scrubbing herself with]] ''[[OutDamnedSpot steel wool]]'' until she passes out due to having just realised she'd been [[spoiler: [[BrainBleach sleeping with, and making love to, a rotten, fly infested corpse]] that only made itself look normal]]--and which was [[spoiler: possessed by her uncle,]] to boot. And she'd been doing this for ''months''.

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** Abby's BSOD at one point involved [[OutDamnedSpot scrubbing herself with]] ''[[OutDamnedSpot steel wool]]'' until she passes out due to having just realised she'd been [[spoiler: [[BrainBleach sleeping with, and making love to, a rotten, fly infested corpse]] that only made itself look normal]]--and normal]] -- and which was [[spoiler: possessed by her uncle,]] to boot. And she'd been doing this for ''months''.



* InterspeciesRomance: Plant/human with Swamp Thing and Abby. 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/{{Starfire}}, [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter J'onn]], and... oh, [[Franchise/{{Superman}} that guy in Metropolis]].

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* InterspeciesRomance: Plant/human with Swamp Thing and Abby. When Abby gets jailed for it, the entire legal system still wants to prosecute her for it even as an enraged Swamp Things Thing 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/{{Starfire}}, [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter J'onn]], and... oh, [[Franchise/{{Superman}} that guy in Metropolis]].



** During the time that Swamp Thing was exiled from Earth, he first lands on a blue-tinted world (the acclaimed issue "My Blue Heaven"). At first marooned there, he begins making clones of himself to keep company... and then creates his love Abby. By issue's end, his multiple-personality-disorder drives him to madness, and he forces himself to flee to another world.

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** During the time that Swamp Thing was exiled from Earth, he first lands on a blue-tinted world (the acclaimed issue "My Blue Heaven"). At first marooned there, he begins making clones of himself to keep company... and then creates his love Abby. By issue's end, his multiple-personality-disorder multiple-personality disorder drives him to madness, and he forces himself to flee to another world.
20th Mar '18 4:08:24 PM Kalaong
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* ReedRichardsIsUseless: After discovering that he's an intelligent plant instead of a mutated human, Swamp Thing steadily develops an array of abilities that put him quite comfortably in PhysicalGod territory, GaiasVengeance-style. [[spoiler:In the penultimate arc of Creator/AlanMoore's run, he turns a major city into a rainforest in less than three hours; "two hundred years of civilization reduced to jungle in as many minutes".]] In the final issue of Alan Moore's run, he considers turning the world into a green version of ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}'s... but realizes that his predecessors had the opportunity to do the same for themselves, the fish and/or the dinosaurs but decided against it to permit other forms of life to follow them - and because Nemo and Dino really hadn't done anything to justify it... and neither has humanity ([[spoiler:not to mention the whole assassination/exile thing he went through for the previous nine issues]]), so he decides simply to live out Abby's life then retire to the Parliament of Trees.

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* ReedRichardsIsUseless: After discovering that he's an intelligent plant instead of a mutated human, Swamp Thing steadily develops an array of abilities that put him quite comfortably in PhysicalGod territory, GaiasVengeance-style. [[spoiler:In the penultimate arc of Creator/AlanMoore's run, he turns a major city into a rainforest in less than three four hours; "two hundred years of civilization reduced to jungle in as many minutes".]] In the final issue of Alan Moore's run, he considers turning the world into a green version of ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}'s... but realizes that his predecessors had the opportunity to do the same for themselves, the fish and/or the dinosaurs but decided against it to permit other forms of life to follow them - and because Nemo and Dino really hadn't done anything to justify it... and neither has humanity ([[spoiler:not to mention the whole assassination/exile thing he went through for the previous nine issues]]), so he decides simply to live out Abby's life then retire to the Parliament of Trees.
13th Mar '18 6:10:33 PM MirrorNoir
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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.

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The climax of ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'' controversially saw the death of Swamp Thing returned to the main DCU, along (possessed by Nekron) and his replacement with Alec Holland, resurrected by [[Franchise/GreenLantern the White Light as Geoff Johns effectively erased Alan Moore's famed retcon 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 Alec Holland as a result, the Parliament of Trees had decided instead to try separate people and replicate him, see if firmly re-established that would work. Holland WAS Swamp Thing. Needless to say, this not well accepted and after a three issue "Search for Swamp Thing" mini-series, Brightest Day was retconned out by the ComicBoook/{{New 52}} and all was well in the world. 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 New 52, Swamp Thing joined the Justice League (Dark branch) and was featured in regular crossovers with Animal Man as new concepts/Parliaments such as the Red (animals) and grey (rot/decay/death) were introduced, with Anton Arcane returning as a regular villain for real.
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** Creator/AlanMoore completely ignored the plot of our heroes trying to get to Washington D.C. to confront the people that have been trying to kill them. Liz and Dennis suddenly decide to go hide in Florida, not even caring what happens to their friends. Abby and Matt go home. The Swamp Thing is the only one who ends up confronting Sunderland, and that happens completely by accident!

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** Creator/AlanMoore completely ignored Creator/AlanMoore's arrival on the plot of our heroes trying to get to Washington D.C. to confront the people that have been trying to kill them. Liz book and Dennis suddenly decide plans for Swamp Thing, caused an entire issue of DC Comics Presents to go hide in Florida, not even caring what happens be shelved due to their friends. Abby and Matt go home. The it contradicting his plans for revealing Swamp Thing was always a plant. The story is the only one who ends up confronting Sunderland, and that happens completely by accident!still mentioned in vague details.
5th Feb '18 8:09:56 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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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 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, series from 1983 through 1987, which was also his first American title, and his first for DC.
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