Many Updates

Hi again,

Hope you had a nice New Year and are feeling positive about 2015,

I’m almost to the end of my holidays so I have been working pretty hard on the site.  I visited the State Library and added a bunch of new references to the Bibliography, and also on some of the film pages.  There’s still more to sort through and add, and some articles that are still evading me, such as:

Bushnell, Jack. “Transsexing Technological Man: (Re)Writing the Comic Book Male/Scientist in Swamp Thing.” Popular Culture Review 11 (2000): 31-42. Print.

If anyone can help out with this, or any other references that you think would be relevant and I haven’t already added, it would be hugely appreciated.

I’ve also made some minor additions/corrections to the Collected Editions page and to my summaries of Vol. 1 of the comics.  The main update, however, is that I’ve started adding in references and summaries for the Vol. 2 books.  So far I only have summaries for the first 20 issues, and notes up to the end of #50, but I will keep working on them in the coming weeks.

It’s been really interesting to reread these old issues again.  I remember the first time I read the series from the beginning and noticed a dramatic shift in tone from the superhero antics of Swampy in the late ’70s (towards the end of the first series, and also from his time with the Challengers of the Unknown) to #1 of the second series, where the entire Clancy family almost end up murdered under an old pier.  This time through, I really noticed a shift towards the end of Pasko’s run, around the time Bissette and Totleben get on board.  The first 13 issues make up a really long arc, with a lot of exposition and messy plot points, especially towards the end (as evidenced by my ‘short’ summaries getting necessarily longer).  The two Dan Mishkin issues then seem to give Pasko a bit of time to gather his thoughts again, and #16 (while still heavy with events and a couple of ad-hoc plot elements) is much more successful, even including a little twist at the end.  Also, Bissette and Totleben immediately begin introducing a bit more animal life to the settings, and Swampy finally stops travelling around everywhere in cars.

The final few issues of the Pasko run are a great lead in for the horror that is to come when Moore takes over.  Pasko reintroduces Abby and Cable, now paranoid and miserable, and then the horrifically transformed Arcane.  The pace builds with the heroes seemingly assaulted from all directions (Arcane, the D.D.I and Sunderland, and Cable’s monstrous visions) culminating in a grotesque battle with Arcane in #19.  Moore takes over in #20 and the atmosphere is no less tense – the government has secured the perimeter of a forest is sweeping through with flamethrowers trying to finish off any survivors – but the change in writer is immediately felt.  There are some great, emotional exchanges between Dennis and Liz, and Abby and Matt, as they all try and piece their lives back together after all of the horror they have been through.  And then we have Swamp Thing’s frantic escape attempt and eventual ‘death’ on the last page.  I’m really looking forward to getting through the next batch of stories, though I might take a break from the site for a week while I get settled back into my full time job.




 Hi all,

As promised, I added some more references to the Bibliography and Film & TV pages last week.  The next step will be adding in some references from the Alan Moore biographies on my bookshelf, and also visiting the State Library during my holidays to track down some more articles.  While searching through the Twomorrows website, I see that Comic Book Creator #6 focuses on ‘Swampmen’ and will be released in the next couple of days.  It looks like it will include a lot of information on the first couple of Swamp Thing series.  You can view a preview on ISSUU.

In sadder news, the newest DC solicits reveal that the current series of Swamp Thing will be wrapping up with issue #40, when Charles Soule finishes at DC.  The series had been running since 2011, making it the second longest run in the character’s history.  In my opinion, this fifth series included some of the most exciting issues and best artwork since the 1980s.  Once Soule’s run ends, there will be a Len Wein (!!) written Swamp Thing miniseries as part of the April/May Convergence crossover.  I’m not sure of the details of that yet, but it looks like the series will focus on a pre-Flashpoint (if not pre-Crisis) version of Swampy.

Also, I finally received my result from my online course about comics, finishing with a Distinction, which was my goal.   Here’s the proof! I learned a lot about reading comics, discovered a few new titles, got to do some peer-reviewed critical writing, and even made my first comic, so it was definitely worth the time and effort.  I’m sure the course will run again, so keep an eye on the course page and sign up when it’s available.


Bits and Pieces

Hello friends,

I’ve been updating pages a little bit here and there and will continue doing so over the next few days, with hopefully several more of the simpler bibliographic references being added within the next week.  I have some Swampy-related theses and some denser articles to read and summarise, so they might take a bit longer.

I’ve just come across another fan page that is fairly regularly updated: Blog From The Bog.  It looks like it’s been around for a while but I hadn’t seen it until now.  I also received an electronic ‘hello’ from Marco, who is helping to keep the Swamp Thing information at Comic Vine updated.  It’s great to hear from other fans.  Keep the muck-encrusted messages coming!

The main thing I’ve been working on is the appearance list with synopses.  So far I only have the first series up, but am confident that I’ll have the Pasko run online before Christmas.  It’s been fun reading all of the issues again, but ‘The Anatomy Lesson‘ is where it really starts to get interesting so I can’t wait!

Until next time,

A Few Changes

Hi again,

I’ve finished my online comic course and have started getting back into the site by adding a few more references to the Bibliography.  I am also about to embark on rereading and annotating the 2nd series. I’ve also changed the menu around a little to make the Collected Editions page a bit easier to find and to give the Bibliography more prominence. I’ve also created a page titled (for the moment) Encyclopedia Entries which (for now) contains details about Swamp Thing-related entries in various DC/Vertigo reference books, as I had collected some of this information and wasn’t sure where to put it.

In other news, I’ve been splurging a bit on comics and Swamp Thing related material as of late. Amongst other things, I’ve managed to collect most of the Moore run as individual issues, ordered the Ray Winninger RPG sourcebook, the novelisations of the two films, as well as a couple of other appearances I was missing.

Even less muck-related but exciting: just today I also received two enormous volumes of Little Nemo In Slumberland from Sunday Press.  These are some beautiful comics from almost 100 years ago, and can also be viewed online.  So enjoy!

Again, please feel free to comment with suggestions/corrections.
Thanks for visiting,

Break Continued

Hello loyal readers,
I’m back from my European vacation but still will not have time to really work on the site for another week at least, but there are many more references that I am excited to add, and some more readings I am keen to track down. The holiday was great. Aside from all of the usual adventuring, sightseeing and eating, I think I got a good sense of how respected comics are in Europe (particularly evidenced by the number of stores in central Paris); I managed to see copies of the newest series of Swamp Thing translated into German, Czech and French; plus I picked up a couple of old issues of Spectral that included Swamp Thing reprints in French from the helpful people at Aaapoum Bapoum.I leave you with a photo of the only piece of Green Man architecture I came across. Some more information about it here.

More updates as soon as I have a couple of days free.


Updates and Break

Hi again,
I’ve added a few more entries to the Bibliography, including two references from Rough Stuff #4, which contains some interesting interviews and artwork from Bissette and Totleben. I was alerted to this magazine from the epic list at the Roots Of The Swamp Thing page, which I heartily recommend you checking out.  I’ve also added some soundtrack information to the 1982 Film page.  Some more references from Fangoria #15-17 will hopefully be added before I go on holiday.  Which brings me to…

I’m going on holiday!  I’ll be travelling in Europe for a month but will get some readings done and keep trying to work on the site a bit while I’m over there.  I might not have a lot of time as I’m also going to be starting an online course titled Comic Books and Graphic Novels, which I’m quite excited about.

Finally, I’ve been trying to write my references using the MLA style guide, but it’s not a referencing style I’ve ever really used before and it starts getting a bit tricky when I get to referencing fanzines and theses.  So please let me know if something is not right (a fullstop out of place or whatever) so I can correct things and learn.

Until next time,



I’ve just added references for each of the three parts of the 1987 Critics Choice Files Magazine Spotlight that focus on the Alan Moore issues of Swamp Thing.  I haven’t really had a chance to read these books yet but they look somewhat interesting.  They are quite heavy with images reproduced from the comics, and some of the pieces are little more than brief summaries, but they occasionally offer some interesting insights, especially in the final book authored by Van Hise.  The first 2 parts also seem to have original cover art but the artist is uncredited.


Welcome to the site.  I have a bit of a backlog of bibliographical references to add but will do so over the coming weeks and months.  I am also compiling a list of Swamp Thing appearances and briefly summarising issues as I reread them all.  So far, only the first series is complete and publicly viewable but the other pages are on the way.  Feel free to comment or to contact me via the form at the bottom of the page.