- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics, Inc.; 2nd edition (1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0930289226
- ISBN-13: 978-0930289225
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Swamp Thing Vol. 1: Saga of the Swamp Thing Paperback – February 23, 1998
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Moore makes use of the best methods of horror writing, and the stupendous artwork of Stephen Bissette and John Totleben accentuate the dark feel of the storylines and send the Swamp Thing series to new heights of terror. Much credit should be given to colorist Tatjana Wood as well. In this volume, check out the artists' very groundbreaking (for the time) use of frames, placement, and coloring to accentuate the psychological horror of the story. One of my favorite examples of this can be found on page 27 here, with the accented focus on the crazed eye of the villain Floronic Man. In fact, this initial volume highlights Moore's intentional connection with the standard comic universe as well, with creative reintroductions of both Floronic Man and Etrigan (Jack Kirby's Demon), who had both been little heard from previously, plus a cameo appearance by the Justice League of America.
This early in Moore's run, the gutwrenching plotlines were still building up steam, and the subsequent volumes of this series really deliver the goods.Read more ›
SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING is a reprint of Moore's first story arc of the series (issues #20 through 27), the groundbreaking series that shook the entire comics industry. This was the first mainstream series to defy the archaic, outdated Comics Code (Marvel had done it earlier with Spider-man's drug issues, but this was the first series to abandon the Code completely); it was the first step towards "serious" mainstream comic books that catered more towards adults (and gave birth to DC's "Vertigo" line); it took an old has-been DC character that no one knew what to do with and breathed new life into him; and it also gave us a pair of wicked stories that are a sheer delight to read. Swamp Thing discovers his "true" origin in the saga of "The Anatomy Lesson," and he meets a horror from beyond death in "The Monkey King," while encountering several "minor" DC characters who had never been cast in the way they appeared in this series. (Moore's virtual re-writing of Etrigan the Demon sparked a new interest in the character, leading him to several spin-off books of his own.Read more ›
This book reprints the first 7 issues of Moore's run from #21 - 27. Actually Moore took over one issue earlier but it was #21 that changed everything. In this issue, Swamp Thing, who was thought dead, has an autopsy performed on him by the Floronic Man who discovers that the creature has no human skeleton or organs...thus he is not, and never was Alec Holland as we had always thought. Instead, when Holland died, the swamp absorbed his memories and conferred them onto the creature that would become the Swamp Thing. We of course would later learn that Swamp Thing was actually a plant elemental and just the latest in a long line of such creatures. The Floronic Man would eat one of the tubers off Swamp Things body and go onto a psychedelic trip that would put him in touch...and control of all plant life on Earth. Swamp Thing would battle him over the course of issues 22 - 24.
Issue #25 was a landmark in that it introduced, although didn't name, one John Constantine, the Hellblazer. This would begin a three issue story arc where Swamp Thing battled a fear demon called the Monkey King with help from Etrigan. This book begins a marvelous run that for me culminates in issue #50. Great art throughout by Steve Bissette and John Totleben who came aboard on issue #21. A fantastic book!
Reviewed by Tim Janson
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I have read a lot of comics from deferent company's from dark horse to DC,IDW,marvel and I have never gave swamp thing a try and if I ever wanted to start I didn't know where to... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Frank18757
One of the greatest comics ever written begins here. "The Anatomy Lesson" (the first story in this book) reinvented Swamp Thing, and in the process, invented modern adult... Read morePublished 13 months ago by William K.
I love the plot. The story is inventive, thrilling and like candy for your imagenation. The drawings are good but not exelent. Warm recomendations.Published 20 months ago by Josefin Sagerman
I binge read this book in one sitting after reading the first page. Totally unplanned.
After a fifteen year hiatus from comic books, I look the plunge. Read more
An amazing arc, I just wish they combined more stories and made these paperbacks thicker. Really great job from front to back in this arc.Published on August 27, 2013 by A.M.
I ordered this book for a friend and I've yet to receive a complaint. The book arrived with no wear and tear, no highlighting or dog earred pages.Published on August 1, 2013 by Jes Jones
This is an interesting move for comic books in the 80's. The hero is very introspective, and a lot of panel time is spent on character development over action. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Fenrix
Great stories from one of the best writers in the comic book industry of the last decades. C'mon, it's Alan Moore!Published on January 26, 2013 by Cliente de Amazon