Swampmen: Muck-Monsters of the Comics dredges up those creepy man-critters that crawled out of the bayou back in the 1970s, through the memories of the artists and writers who created them! A stunning line-up of interviews discuss Swamp Thing, Man-Thing, The Heap, Lurker of the Swamp, It, Bog Beast, and even Marvin the Dead Thing.
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Don't know why I thought that this was going to be a pricey magazine but this large paperback arrived today and it's nothing short of stunning! If you are into the more swampy side of comics this is going to be one heck of a "Oh man, I remember that" nostalgia trip back into the bog. The artwork is amazing and the "Table of Contents" really is its own best advertisement. See below:
08 - Introduction: Love, Envy, and Bayou Beasts 10 - Born of the Bayou: What Is - and What Isn't - a Swampman 12 - Sturgeon's Monster: It All Began With "It"
18 - The Heap: From Monster to Villain to Hero at Hillman Comics 24 - Between That Heap and Those Things: `50s Swamp Monsters 26 - Silver Sludge & Boggy Bronze: `70s Muckman Chronology 37 - Marvin, the Dead-Thing: Mr. Kanfer's Short Life-After-Death* 38 - The Glob: Hillman's Heap Done Marvel-Style 40 - Return of the Heap: Skywald's Grotesque Revisioning 44 - Man-Thing:...
One of the best publications by this team. They should do more like this. Excellent coverage of the topic that had me going back to local comic shows to buy back issues.
A few minor points: 1. A bit too much time with The Heap in the beginning. 2. Could have spent more time with Man Thing. 3. Needed to cover SLUDGE, which was created by Steve Gerber for Malibu.
Other than that, it's an excellent retrospective for people who like this sort of comic book history. They need to do more books like this.
As laid out in editor Jon B. Cooke’s introduction, Swampmen: Muck-Monsters and Their Makers was originally supposed to come out over 12 years ago. Now, it’s here, labeled as Comic Book Creator #6, but it’s similar in length and content to other TwoMorrows volumes.
Either way, it’s a specialized subject. The book focuses on the swamp monsters of the 1970s comics and in detail on the Alan Moore era of Swamp Thing. Two pages of justification lay out other characters to be covered: Marvel’s Man-Thing, The Heap (first seen in 1942, but reinvented in 1971), and the much-lesser-known Bog Beast (from Atlas/Seaboard), the Lurker in the Swamp (Gold Key), and Marvin, the Dead-Thing (Warren).
In his introductory editorial material, Cooke takes on a small-time huckster voice I suspect is inspired by Stan Lee’s 70s Marvel Soapbox columns. It’s an acquired taste, and not one worth spending time with unless you’re also nostalgic...
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