Alec Holland, Berni Wrightson, first issue, Len Wein, origin, Roots of the Swamp Thing, Swamp Thing, swamp thing origin
No spandex. No referring to yourself in the third person. Just a shambling muck-encrusted mockery of the man that once was Alec Holland… Swamp Thing! Here are his origin and very first issue for you to enjoy. And it only gets better from there!
– From Swamp Thing Vol. 1, #1
– Reprinted in Roots of the Swamp Thing #1.
– Reprinted in Roots of the Swamp Thing Hard Cover.
Story and Art by Len Wein & Berni Wrightson.
Longbox Graveyard (@LBoxGraveyard) said:
Thanks for posting!
With so much attention focused on the celebrated Alan Moore run on Swamp Thing it is easy to forget that Wrightson and Wein really brought the goods with the first series for this character. I have these books somewhere in my Accumulation — I should dig them out.
When I was a kid I remember being confused by the proliferation of swamp monster comics. I didn’t understand a world that had room for both Swamp Thing and Man Thing. What was the first swamp monster comic? The Heap?
Mars Will Send No More said:
Paul, You may be correct about the Heap, from 1942 (now owned by McFarlane.) Or possibly Theodore Sturgeon’s “It” from 1940.
Anyone interested in a sample story of the Heap should surf on over to this post on Time Bulleteer http://timebulleteer.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/swamp-thing/
Briefly discusses how the Heap underwent a metamorphosis from Monster to Protector of the Forces of Nature like a certain shambling swamp creature we all know and love.
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