Sunday, March 26, 2017

Swamp Thing #1 - Bernie Wrightson art & cover

Swamp Thing v1 #1 1970s bronze age dc comic book cover art by Bernie Wrightson
Bernie Wrightson

Swamp Thing v1 #1, 1972 - Technically, this issue marks the first appearance of the second version of the Swamp Thing. Originally set around the late 19th century, the central characters from House of Secrets #92 are reintroduced within a modern day setting. Alec Holland (formerly Alex Olsen) and wife Linda are now bio-chemists working for the government on a top secret project. The Swamp Thing's new origin resembles the old, but in a different context. Bernie Wrightson, the original artist, begins an astonishing run on this series. His stunning cover shows the Swamp Thing newly emerging from the bog, water oozing from the monster's body. In the background, tree branches form an arc, adding cohesion and framing the scene. Wrightson's interiors are equally breathtaking, populated with darkened, sharply defined drawings within navigable page layouts. Three exemplary splash pages appear perfectly timed, each artistically worthy of standing alone. On the letters page, the artist provides portraits of himself and writer Len Wein. Wrightson not only delivers an outstanding premiere issue, but sets a new standard for the comic art form. This story was later reprinted in DC Special Series #2 and Roots of the Swamp Thing #1. This is number 1 of 10 Swamp Thing issues with Wrightson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Wrightson or Swamp Thing issues. See also this blog's Wrightson checklist or Top 10 Wrightson comics.
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Wrightson cover pencils and inks = *****
"Dark Genesis" Wrightson story pencils and inks 24 pages = *****
Two text illustrations Wrightson pencils and inks 1 page = ***
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Swamp Thing v1 #1 1970s bronze age dc comic book page art by Bernie Wrightson
Bernie Wrightson
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More Wrightson posts:
House of Mystery #183
Tower of Shadows #9
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