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Roots of the Swamp Thing

(Stvorenje iz močvare #1)

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The tales that made Swamp Thing a fan-favorite are collected in hardcover for the first time! Featuring the first appearance from HOUSE OF SECRETS #92 along with SWAMP THING #1-13 and featuring moody art by legendary artist Bernie Wrightson!
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by DC Comics (first published 1974)
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Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Man, do I ever love the Wein/Wrightson run of this book!
David Schaafsma
A classic collection, important if you want to know what Alan Moore did with Swampy when he picked up the story. This collects Wein's original 8 page treatment that was a very popular feature when it came out in 1971. After some time, Wein came back and did 13 issues, and his idea was just that this was this green mossy monster. It wasn't imbued with all these environmental and mystical and serious IDEAS that Moore brought to the story to make it something profound. Comparing the writing and art ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wein manages to meld together horror and science fiction into a harmonious whole, telling stories that are strange, scary, and sometimes dreamlike. The height is surely #10, which puts the misshapen horror Arcane in conflict with antebellum ghosts. There's a reason that this story was later reprinted in the second Swamp Thingrun!

There are also an amazing number of long-running characters introduced by Wein including Alec (#1), Matt (#1), Arcane (#2), Abby (#3), Gregori (#3), and even Tim Ravenwi
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this one a lot. Swamp Thing is a mix of Gothic romance, Lovecraftian horror, fantasy/scifi, and of course comic book heroism. I liked the classic look of the art work too. I especially liked Batman's appearance in which he is described as annoyingly committed to duty by Swamp Thing. He really does have a rich inner monologue--I found myself admiring that the most about the character that because he was mute, his monologuing became your insight into his often failed, but ultimately succes ...more
Đorđe Bajić
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stvorenje iz močvare je prava poslastica za sve ljubitelje američkog stripa. Prva knjiga obuhvata kratku priču publikovanu 1971. godine u magazinu Kuća tajni (zametak sage koja će uslediti) i prvih trinaest epizoda DC-jevog serijala (1972-1974). Scenario za sve epizode napisao je Len Vin. Uvodnu kratku priču i prvih deset epizoda nacrtao je fenomenalni Berni Rajston, dok je poslednje tri ilustrovao solidni Nestro Redondo. Zapravo, ovo vanserijsko izdanje (pogledajte samo te korice sa mahovinom k ...more
Simon Hedge
Jan 18, 2010 rated it liked it
All the Len Wein written issues of the first volume of Swamp Thing in one place. Some of the stories or, to be honest, a bit silly. Piling coincidence upon coincidence in a mad race away from any possible suspension of disbelief. But this book is really worth owning for the fantastic artwork by Berni Wrightson that fills the bulk of the pages. Gorgeous stuff.
Nicholas Kaufmann
Jan 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Charmingly earnest comics in the style of Gothic children's horror stories. Fun, nostalgic, and harmless.
Preston Stell
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't rate every comic book I read, but this was so impressive I had to say something about it. The concept is interesting and a bit off-kilter of what I've come to expect in older comic books. I was interested in this series for two reasons: 1) Alan Moore later picked up the series; 2) Brian Vaughan has some contributions to the character/series as well. HOWEVER, that did not mean I had to read Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson's origination stories. I read this because I felt that the creators o ...more
Wilfred Matthews Duggan
This is a brilliant books for comic historians or fans of The Swamp Thing. Containing his original appearance from House of Secrets and the first thirteen issues of the original Swamp Thing run, these strips from the 1970s and 1980s are deliciously pulpy and classic. The dialogue can come off as cheesy but if you have an appreciation for the form and the era then it just adds to the charm like 60s Star Trek and Doctor Who. Not as good as Alan Moore's run but a lot of fun if you're a completionis ...more
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've read all of Alan Moore's Swamp Thing, and while this doesn't have the depth of story, it's a very entertaining read and a bridge from Swampy's early start as a one shot horror comic to the more stable title that Moore took over. There is basically a complete story arc here and it's good to see the origins of some of the characters I'd loved and feared later in the series. For Swamp Thing fans, recommended reading.
Guthrie Kyle Turner
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Wein's creature creation is a favorite but his loose direction with story spiraled his run right into the ground. I did enjoy learning where all the character and storylines, that I had previously read in Moore's run, began. Don't get me wrong, there are some entertaining issues but most of what makes them great is Wrightson's art. Classic horror comic.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I used to think Batman was DC's only cool character, but Swamp Thing might be cooler. This is a great book. I read this after I read Alan Moore's reboot. I like the original better, but Moore's was really good, too. Swamp Thing is a great character.
This Wein/Wrightson collaboration is, simply, atmospheric magic! When I think of comic book horror and gothic elements, this is what I'm looking for. Highly recommended.

Also: this cover is a perfect tribute, too.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the better comics from the era. The narrative boxes aren't as terrible as others. The art is awesome. Grotesque and compelling.
Jared Millet
So way back in the day when Marvel starts cranking out Dracula, Wolfman, and Frankenstein comics, DC busts out with its own original creation, the Swamp Thing. While those other books are now relegated to the nostalgic past, Swampy is still iconic and going strong. Why? Originality, for one - not being tied to a "classic monster" franchise. Granted, Swamp Thing actually appeared several months after Marvel's similar Man-Thing, but wasn't saddled with that stupid name.

Another reason? Bernie Wrigh
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first got heavily into reading comics about 5 years ago, I did an enormous amount of searching online for what volumes to hunt down, writers/artists to look into and the best means to get complete story arcs. Almost at the outset, raves were abound for Alan Moore's historic run on Swamp Thing in the mid-1980's with claims of it having raised the bar for literary tendencies within the medium. I found a copy of Volume One at the local library and by the end, I was hooked. Maybe even a bit o ...more
Mike Clooney
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
While the first ten Bernie Wrightson-illustrated issues of SWAMP THING have been reprinted many times, this edition is notable for continuing on through issue 13, collecting the entirety of original series writer Len Wein's run. To my knowledge, this is the first time issues 11-13 (art by 70s DC horror staple Nestor Redondo) have been reprinted anywhere.

The highly influential Wein-Wrightson issues have long been heralded as classics, and I'll admit the first 5 issues or so are pure gold, a great
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc_comics
Man, I loved this book. Every page drips with atmosphere. The setups could be hokey at times, but typically had a twist or something surprising that made them stand out from typical horror conventions. Obviously, the character was still in its infancy and there were all sorts of limitations on what a horror book could be in the 70s, but the spark is right there from the beginning. Wein's plots are solid and dark and fun, even if his prose can feel awfully dated and I got distracted by the consta ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This book collects the first 13 issues of the 24 issue first volume of Swamp Thing. The stories were all written by Len Wein with the first 10 illustrated by Bernie Wrightson and the rest by Nester Redondo.

While not in the same league as the later Alan Moore era, there is enough in these stories to keep a Swamp Thing fan entertained giving an introduction to a lot of the elements that Moore later reused for his own take on the character.

The remaining issues in volume 1 have not been reissued in
Books like this are exactly why I started reading graphic novels again. I love reading horror books. I like the stories and the twists and the artwork. It just makes me all kinds of happy.

(This includes everything in the Dark Genesis book which is why I included it in the Essential 500 Graphic Novel category.)

This comic gives the first Swamp Thing story from House of Mystery. It then goes on to include the first 13 of original Swamp Thing series that sprang from the ideas brought on by the orig
Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, horror
The winner of many industry awards, the basis for Wes Craven's cult film, and the original incarnation of the series that introduced Alan Moore to American fans, Roots of the Swamp Thing collects for the first time in hardcover the initial fourteen appearances of the legendary muck monster. Printed on a non-glossy paper stock, this volume offers perhaps the finest quality renditions of these oft-reprinted tales. As beautifully grotesque as when they first appeared, these Wein and Wrightson stori ...more
I was in my early teens when these original Swamp Thing stories first came out. I loved this stuff then, and my opinion hasn't changed after revisiting them in this marvelous collection. Len Wein's stories here have an old-school corniness, yes, but many of them are wonderfully outlandish and imaginative. Bernie Wrightson's art is masterful and lends a great deal of texture, atmosphere and downright creeepiness to the stories. Nestor Redondo takes over on issue 11, but while his work is crisper ...more
Max Rebo
Roots of the Swamp Thing contiene el relato original en el que nació esta entrañable criatura verde, así como los primeros números de la serie que vino después del episódico origen. Los textos de Len Wein y los dibujos de Bernie Wrightson fusionaron el espíritu y el aspecto de los cómics EC con los arquetipos (super)heróicos de la DC, dando lugar a una saga encantadora, que revisita un puñado de lugares comunes de los géneros de terror y la ciencia ficción (desde Frankenstein hasta las hediondas ...more
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was interesting in that it shows just how awesome Alan Moore is in what he transformed this green brute into. Some of the storywork was just outlandish, but these were written a long time ago. I would not recommend this to anyone unless you want to compare the original Swampy to the what Moore created in a much later, and much better run, and in so doing reinterpreted Swamp Thing into one of the greatest comic book heros of all time.

This was silly in comparison.
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This volume is incredible as it presents the original run of "Swamp Thing" in its entirety. The comics was like an occult Incredible Hulk, dealing with seeming monstrosities that are judged superficially rather than by actions and soul. Len Wein's writing is unparalleled, and Bernie Wrightson's art sets the mood of the entire series.
Nov 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Swamp Thing ...pre-Moore
The stories reflect the time they werewritten and drawn.
Hard to imagine this was once the best of the best.
Reflects the printing quality of the era as well as the limitations imposed by the Comics Code Authority.
Still, if it hadn't been for this... we'd probably had never gotten to the Moore era.
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
3 stars for the sory, 4,5 for the art. But the beautiful edition with highly detailed reprinted art and great quality paper is well worth 5 stars.
Jul 27, 2010 rated it liked it
It's nice to see the origins of the Swamp Thing, but Len Wein's writing is just far too dated at this point.
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-2016
PaÜl Christian
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Len Wein was an American comic book writer and editor best known for co-creating DC Comics' Swamp Thing and Marvel Comics' Wolverine, and for helping revive the Marvel superhero team the X-Men (including the co-creation of Nightcrawler, Storm, and Colossus). Additionally, he was the editor for writer Alan Moore and illustrator Dave Gibbons' influential DC miniseries Watchmen.

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