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 Saga of the 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,
Zac.

 

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.

Zac.

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.

Zac.

 

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.

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Until next time,

Zac.

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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Zac.

2017

Happy New Year everyone.

Over the Christmas holidays I kept busy re-reading old issues of Swamp Thing and have now finished summarising Series 2. The list of Series 3-era appearances are now available and I look forward to re-reading the adventures of Tefé Holland. Before this, however, I am going to try and add several new items to the Bibliography, which I have been neglecting lately. I will also probably have plenty to write about the first issue of the International Swamp Thing fanzine, which should be released very soon.

Now that I have seen the film, I have also updated the Justice League Dark film page. Please be aware there are spoilers.  I will add some further information to that page when I receive the Blu-ray, which contains a few bonus features.

In other news, Swampy has been appearing fairly regularly in The Hellblazer but I have not heard about any plans for a solo ongoing series.  The latest news on the Justice League Dark/Dark Universe live-action film is that Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, Bourne Identity) has signed on as director, but that was several months ago and there hasn’t been any news since.

Zac.

JLD Animated Film

Hello all,

I’ve added a new page in the Film & TV section for news and rumours related to the upcoming Justice League Dark animated feature film.  I’ll continue to update the page as more info comes to light.

Otherwise, no big changes to the website:

  • I’m still doing my big Swamp Thing re-read/summaries and am now well into the Nancy Collins run.  I’m actually looking forward to getting past the 1990s and re-reading some of the big DC crossovers again.
  • I’m still trying to add a couple of new references to the Bibliography every month.  The last major publication I added was Back Issue #92, which featured interviews with Tom Yeates and Marty Pasko about their issues of Swamp Thing.  I’ve also recently finished scouring online versions of 80s UK fanzine Arken Sword for Swampy-related info.
  • I’ve been meaning to transcribe some episodes of Parlipod but it was pretty slow-going and my free time has lately been taken up by other activities.  I would like to finish the Nancy Collins interview at some point in the next couple of months.

Otherwise, I’m eagerly awaiting the  International Swamp Thing fanzine and the final 2 issues of Providence and considering when I’ll make on start on Alan Moore’s epic Jerusalem.

Zac.

Update

Dear everyone,

I’ve now summarised up to the end of the Veitch/Wheeler time-travel arc and hope to finish the rest of the summaries on that webpage in the not-too-distant future.

I’ve also made some changes to the Bibliography page.  There is now a little icon underneath most references that will allow you to download a .ris file for importing into your reference management software.  Secondly, new additions to the page are now marked as *New*. There are several new references in the Bibliography, with more coming soon.

Zac.

Zine Preorder

Hello friends,

Again, it has been a while between posts, but I am now on a mission to finish off my summaries of Swamp Thing up to issue #100, and make the #101-150 appearance list visible.  There’s also a couple of references I’ve been meaning to add to the Bibliography for a long time so I will also try to do that soon too.

It is also not too late to contribute to John’s Kickstarter campaign and preorder the first issue of the International Swamp Thing Fanzine.  I’m extremely excited to get my copy in the mail in early 2017.  Before that, there is this issue of Back Issue to look forward to in September, featuring some articles about Bronze Age horror and our favourite muck-encrusted hero.

Zac.

Hello

Hello loyal readers,

Real life and other reading has gotten in the way of this website for a while, but I’m going to try to get back into it. I’ve finished rereading the Moore run, so my notes for #50-#64 are now up here. Many thanks to Greg Plantamura for his website, from which I am still leeching revelatory information.

I’ve also been stealthily adding entries into the bibliography from time to time, primarily working off of information from John’s website, and the Parliament of Trees Facebook group.

I’m also going to add a link to the Parliament Podcast in the relevant page. I haven’t actually listened to any episodes as I can’t seem to soak in information that way, but I’m sure it’s very insightful.

Hope you are all enjoying the new Swamp Thing miniseries by Len Wein and Kelley Jones. I’m very interested to see where it goes.

Zac.