2021 Update

Hello readers,

It has been a long time since my last update so I figured I should post something before 2021 comes to a close. Since the last time I wrote, Swampy has been starring in a monthly series appropriately titled The Swamp Thing, written by Ram V and illustrated by Mike Perkins. The series was going to conclude with issue #10 but has just been extended into 2022. Early images of next year’s issues suggest that Tefé Holland will make an appearance. Tefé is a favourite character who hasn’t shown up since mid-2006, when Joshua Dysart and Enrique Breccia were creating the fourth series of Swamp Thing. Wikipedia sums up Tefé’s complicated lineage in this way:

“Tefé was originally a floating spirit called the Sprout, who tried to find a body from a recently deceased person; she was eventually given a body through Abby Holland having a baby, which was conceived through the Swamp Thing possessing John Constantine and having sex with her. Due to Constantine having the demon Nergal’s blood in his veins at the time, Tefe is also part demon.”

Ram V and Perkins have done some great work this year, introducing a new Swamp Thing and bringing in a number of interesting guests characters while still maintaining a connection to the Alec Holland version of Swampy we know and love.

There will be a brief hiatus after issue #10, when Swamp Thing will appear in a three-part, prestige mini-series on DC’s Black Label imprint. The title is Swamp Thing: Green Hell and begins just after Christmas. This will be written by Jeff Lemire with artwork by Doug Mahnke, and I’m very excited for it.

That’s all I wanted to say for now. It has been another strange year but I will keep updating the site regularly as the world of Swamp Thing continues to grow.


Lockdown Continued

Hello readers,

The lockdown has continued here in Melbourne as we attempt to get the virus case numbers under control in our state. The restrictions on movement are quite strict but they seem to be having the desired effect and I’m hopeful that I’ll again be able to see friends and make music over our Australian summer, and that 2020 won’t be a complete write-off.

I was supposed be on an overseas holiday right now but I’ve settled instead for a week off work(ing online) to watch movies and read. I’ve used the first few days of my break to investigate Timeline JS, which had been on my to-do list for a few years. I’ve created something that presents the history of Swamp Thing (the publication and the character) and I’ve added a link to the timeline in the menu. It was pretty easy and fun to make.

In Swamp Thing news, the DC Universe TV series is about to be re-broadcast on The CW channel. The ‘Giant’ series ended abruptly but the Justice League Dark series continues and Swamp Thing’s role has been interesting. Swampy has also been playing a big part in the Dark Nights: Death Metal and DCeased: Dead Planet series that are currently running. The young adult graphic novel Swamp Thing: Twin Branches is due out in about 6 weeks and I like the look of the art so far. I’m continually updating the relevant webpage with new appearances.

I hope you are all staying healthy and sane,

Lockdown Update

Hello all,

I haven’t been doing a lot of Swamp Thing-related reading or writing while the world has been on virus lockdown. There hasn’t been any new DC comics in stores for weeks now and I’m missing my regular fix of superhero adventures. However, things seem to be slowly returning to normality, at least here in Australia. New Swamp Thing stories have been appearing digitally in a series called Swamp Thing: New Roots. These stories seem to be included in the 2nd ‘Giant’ series. The Giant comics were being released in Walmart stores slightly before the Direct Market editions, but COVID-19 threw this schedule into chaos. At the time of writing, New Roots #6 is about to come out, while Swamp Thing Giant #5 is out in Walmart stores in the US, and Giant #4 is about to hit comic stores everywhere.

Other than the Giant issues, Swampy is continuing to appear as a member of Justice League Dark, and seems to be included in another team that will appear in the DCeased: Dead Planet series. I’m also excited for the Tom King/Mitch Gerads Strange Adventures series to resume. (I’m not sure if Swampy will show up there, but it is possible given his past relationship with Adam Strange).

In TV/movie news, the latest Swamp Thing TV series will be broadcast on The CW television network, where many of DC’s TV series already reside. The animated film Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is out now. This is a follow-up to the 2017 Justice League Dark film, which Swamp Thing briefly appears in. I haven’t watched Apokolips War yet but I suspect that Swampy only has a bit part. He is voiced again by Roger Cross.

Finally, a few weeks ago Martin Pasko passed away at age 65. He wrote 17 of the first 19 issues of The Saga of Swamp Thing when it was relaunched in 1982, teaming up with such notable artists as Tom Yeates, Stephen Bissette and John Totleben. Pasko introduced the characters General Sunderland, Liz Tremayne, and Dennis Barclay – all of whom would appear in the latest Swamp Thing television series. He also brought Abby and Matt Cable back to the series. I’m not a big fan of these issues and they tend to be pretty dialogue-heavy but there are some cool ideas in here, including the teen punk vampires of Rosewood who would be revived during the Alan Moore run and who possibly had some influence on the film The Lost Boys. While working with Bissette and Totleben, Pasko brought back Anton Arcane (in his creepy arachnid form) and these final issues are a nice lead-in to the iconic Moore run. Outside of his Swamp Thing work, Pasko wrote many stories for DC in such flagship titles as Superman, Wonder Woman, and Justice League of America, and also wrote for TV.

Stay safe


A New Decade

Happy 2020 everyone,

I’ve used my holidays so far to re-watch and write about the 2019 Swamp Thing TV series. An episode guide can now be accessed from here. It is intended as a guide for viewers of the series who are unfamiliar with how the events in the show relate to those in the comics. I have enjoyed rewatching the series and looking for all of the references, and I think it has helped me to appreciate the series a bit more.

There are a few plotlines in the series that remain unresolved and it makes me wonder what would have occurred if the show had run for a second season, or even for the 13 episodes that were originally planned. There are several references to the Rot and insects, and Abby’s unexplained childhood fears of the Man With No Face open up the possibility for the introduction of Anton Arcane. Matt’s car crash in Episode 9 also sets the stage for the show to explore one of the more shocking events in DC Comics history, which resulted in The Saga of Swamp Thing #29 being published without the Comics Code Authority’s stamp of approval. However, Matt’s story in the TV show went in a different direction, which feels like a missed opportunity.

While there are some scenes that seem to drag, and some tedious exposition, the series did manage to capture some of what make the comics great. I think that Alec and Abby’s romance was developed fairly realistically, even though they didn’t spend much time together, and they got to share a hallucinogenic moment together a la ‘The Rite of Spring’. The ‘The Anatomy Lesson’ episode delivered the famous twist effectively, and the theme of Swamp Thing struggling with his identity and his relationship to humanity is explored throughout the series.

There were also cool nods to the Conclave, Nathan Ellery, Anise Arcane, Dennis Barclay, and a guest appearance by Adrienne Barbeau.  The TV show did well to include references to the first two Swamp Thing series, and the ‘New 52’ reboot of 2011, as well as introducing elements from the wider DC Universe.

I’m still a little disappointed that they didn’t show Holland running around in flames before he died, as this has been a consistent part of his origin story, and for me that scene was a highlight of the 1982 film.

Anyway, please let me know if I missed some references or if any of my notes need correcting.



2019 Year In Review

Hello Swamp-friends,

It has been a big year for Swamp Thing and his fans so I thought I’d better post something before 2019 is over.

This year, Swamp Thing featured in a short, seven-issue series in a ‘Giant’ format that appeared exclusively in Walmart stores in the U.S. (and was difficult to get here in Australia).  Since that finished up, there has been another ‘Giant’ series that is thankfully coming out in comic stores here.

Swamp Thing also appeared throughout the year as part of the new Justice League Dark team, and there are hints that Abby might make a return so I’m pretty interested to see what transpires there.  Perhaps due to his newfound access to the Hall of Justice (or at least its basement), Swampy has been making brief appearances in many other titles and seems to be taking part in every major DC superhero  battle.

However, the biggest news of the year was that Swamp Thing finally got a new TV show, albeit only for 10 episodes.  There were aspects of the show I enjoyed and some I didn’t, but I think it did a good job of introducing new viewers to the characters and themes, and hopefully Swampy picked up a few new fans who will check out the comics.  I hope to write a more in-depth episode guide to the series soon.

The bibliography is progressing and it’s relatively up to date.  The page is getting a bit unwieldy so I might have to have a think about how to reorganise the info in a useful way.  For now, you can see the new entries by checking out the ‘New ‘References’ list in the column to the right on the home page.

I hope you all got some enjoyment out of Swamp Thing’s stories this year.

Thanks for reading,


Another Green World

Hello fellow Swamp Thing obsessives,

It has been a while since my last news update but, as always, I’ve been quietly toiling away on the site this whole time. Since starting up Seeds & Leaves 4 years ago, I’ve been working on summarising all of the issues that Swampy has appeared in. Recently, I finally finished my ‘big Swamp Thing re-read’ and now I’m pretty much up to date. In celebration, I have very slightly upgraded the website – removing the ads and re-christening the site to my original first preference, Another Green World. I think it’s a slightly less obscure name and is a reference to the early Alan Moore issue The Saga of Swamp Thing #23 (the middle of the first Swampy vs. Woodrue arc). It’s also surely a reference by Moore to Brian Eno’s excellent third solo album. I’m not yet sure what other possibilities this upgrade has opened up to me so you may see some more cosmetic changes as I experiment.

In more important news, Swampy continues to make frequent appearances with the new Justice League Dark team and elsewhere. There has also been more news about the TV series and I can’t wait to catch the first glimpse of the suit!  Though the DC Universe streaming service is not yet available outside of the US, the ‘Titans’ series will be available internationally via Netflix (according to Variety) so hopefully something similar will happen for the Swamp Thing series in 2019.

Thanks for reading,


JLD Series 2, and TV Show!

Hi all,

I’ve just returned after a month of overseas traveling and feel tired but also somewhat rejuvenated. I didn’t seek out too much Swamp Thing memorabilia while I was away but ended up finding some comics in Barcelona and picked up a couple of iconic issues from the Moore run: #47 (‘The Parliament of Trees’) & #60 (‘Loving The Alien’). Aside from these, I bought a couple of Spanish issues of Grant Morrison’s Animal Man; found a nicer copy of Moebius’ Arzach and visited his grave in Paris; got several cheap Tintin books in French; and the first four Adele Blanc-Sec adventures and a first edition of It Was The War of the Trenches – all in French and all by Jacques Tardi.

Anyway, a lot has happened in the world of Swamp Thing while I have been away. Firstly, there is a new series of Justice League Dark beginning in June. Swampy is part of a team led by Wonder Woman that will also include Zatanna, Constantine, Man-Bat, and Detective Chimp. It’s a bit of an eclectic mix of characters and I’m looking forward to it. Aside from this, Swampy is set to guest appear in many comics over the next couple of months. For more details, I would recommend keeping an eye on John Boylan’s website as he keeps good track of this.

In other big news, Swamp Thing will be getting a new live action television series! It will be Executive Produced by Australian James Wan, who co-created the Saw franchise of films. It will be released in probably 2019 on the new DC Comics streaming service, DC Universe, which I’m not sure will be available to fans here in Australia but I will find a way to watch it. I’ve created a new page within the Film & TV menu for news relating to this series. I will update this as I receive for info about characters, casting, and crew.


Happy Holidays

Hello reader(s),

Just a short Christmas Eve update. Since my last post, I’ve continued my big Swamp Thing re-read and have made it through all of the ‘New 52’ issues. The page for Volume 6 is progressing and should be visible and half-completed before I return to work next year, though I still have to get through re-reading all of the Justice League Dark appearances.

I picked up the Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition when it was released and it is awesome. I’ve added some details about it to the Collected Editions page. Though it doesn’t include everything, it collects most of Wrightson’s Swamp Thing output in a beautiful, large format. I highly recommend it! I also picked up all of the single Wein/Wrightson Swamp Thing issues I was missing so there are not many Swampy appearances left for me to collect except the ever-elusive House of Secrets #92.

Finally: I’m now using Zotero to manage my Bibliography, which offers more of the functionality that I was looking for, including the ability for guests to filter the Bibliography by multiple subject tags from the Zotero group page. I may now finally get around to reading Holland Files #1 and creating entries for those articles, just in time for the release of Issue #2, which I am expecting in the new year.

Hope you all have a relaxing holiday break.



Len Wein (1948-2017)

Hello readers,

It has been a long time between updates, but I’m still working on the website a little bit when I find the time. Since my last update, it seems that I have re-read all of the fourth Swamp Thing series from 2004, and up to the end of the ‘Rotworld’ arc of mid-2013. By the end of the year, I hope to have created a page for the sixth series, incorporating the ‘Convergence’ crossover event and the Wein/Jones miniseries. I’m still quite busy with work but I am hoping it will get a bit less hectic over the next six months and I’ll get around to reading and documenting a few more articles as well as the first issue of the Holland Files fanzine.

In more sad news, last month Len Wein died at the age of 69. With Bernie Wrightson (who also passed away this year), Wein was a co-creator of Swamp Thing in the early 1970s. After Swamp Thing, Wein continued writing for both DC and Marvel, where he co-created Wolverine and several other X-Men characters. Throughout the 1980s, he was an editor at DC, overseeing Alan Moore’s acclaimed Swamp Thing run and the highly influential Watchmen series among others. Len Wein’s most recent work on Swamp Thing came in the form of a six-part miniseries he created with illustrator Kelley Jones in 2016. Len Wein’s work as writer and editor has had an immeasurable impact on the history of comics and popular culture.

Below is a tribute to Len that has been appearing in some DC comics this month.


Until next time,


Bernie Wrightson (1948-2017)

Hi all,

I recently received in the mail my copy of Holland Files No. 1: International Swamp Thing Fanzine. I haven’t had time to have a good look at it yet but I’ll read it cover-to-cover soon enough and add some interesting items to the Bibliography. I can already see that it contains some great art, and articles on a wide variety of subjects (well, wider than you might expect in a fanzine devoted to a single comic character).  Thanks to John Boylan for putting this all together – I hope this is only the first of many issues.

I’ve just finished the third series in my big Swamp Thing re-read.  Brian K. Vaughan focuses completely on Tefé, who I find to be a great character with a complicated relationship to her parents.  Her unusual conception and trials as ‘The Sprout’ took up much of Rick Veitch’s run, and Doug Wheeler brought her into the world in his third issue.  While she is still a toddler, she manages to wander into Hell, get attacked by Matango, kidnapped by pirates and a serial child murderer, and possessed by her evil great-uncle.  By the end of the second series, she has been used by the Parliament of Trees as a weapon against humanity and is betrayed, and nearly destroyed, by her own parents.  Vaughan’s run sees the teenage Tefé search for the true purpose of her life and learn to control her temper and frightening powers.

In sad news, Bernie Wrightson has died at aged 68. Bernie was a co-creator of our favourite muck-monster with Len Wein, illustrating Swampy’s first appearance in House of Secrets #92 and going on to illustrate the first 10 issues of Swamp Thing in the early 1970s. The quality of the art during that first series greatly contributed to the ongoing success of the character.  It also established a trend of great artistic talents being involved in the title, and set a high standard for comic illustration in general. While only illustrating 11 Swampy appearances, his name will be forever associated with the character and with the genre of horror comics, and his work will continue to be influential on other artists for many years to come.

If you’re looking for an illuminating interview with Wrightson, you can’t go too wrong with Jon B. Cooke’s ‘Bernie and the Bayou Beast’, which appears in Swampmen: The Muck-Monsters and their Makers, a special issue of Comic Book Creator (2014).

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