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Top Five Most Iconic Swamp Thing Covers

Here are the top five most iconic covers featuring Swamp Thing (with iconic being determined partially subjectively by what covers are called to mind when one thinks of the Swamp Thing, but first being determined with a prominent objective standard of whether a cover is homaged a lot or featured a lot in histories of the character). The notable exception is no covers from a character’s first appearance (which isn’t applicable to all characters, of course, just those who appeared on the cover of the comic they debuted in)! Here‘s a list of all characters featured so far.

Enjoy!

First off, while I’m exempting first appearance covers from the countdown, it’s only fair, I suppose, to share them here before the countdown begins, so here is the first cover appearance of Swamp Thing from his debut story, House of Secrets #92…

Artist: Bernie Wrightson

5.

Artist: Steve Bissette

This was one of the most memorable covers of Moore’s run.

4.

Artist: Bernie Wrightson

This Wrightson cover is practically a prototype for the movie poster.

3.

Artist: John Totleben

The Abby/Swamp Thing relationship was a key to Moore’s (and later writers’) Swamp Thing, and this beautiful Totleben captures that perfectly with a striking and memorable cover.

2.

Artist: Bernie Wrightson

No offense to Len Wein, but in the early issues of their Swamp Thing run, it was Wrightson that was catching the audience.

1.

Artist: Tom Yeates

Obviously it is more because of the interiors than the cover art itself, but either way, Yeates’ cover for the Anatomy Lesson is now forever linked to Swamp Thing.

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Yep, those are pretty much the only 5 Swamp Thing covers I can think of. Nice choices.

There was another iconic cover I was going to link to, but it turns out Ii was thinking of Man-Thing. Never mind.

Pretty good choices. House of Secrets #92 and Saga of the Swamp Thing #21 are what first come to mind when I think of this character’s history.

Nice choices. I think I might have picked, in place of your number four selection, either issue 7 or 10 from the Wein/Wrightson run. I suppose this is more a case of these being long standing favourites of mine, and not to do with any objective criteria.

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

September 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm

For some reason I always think of that cover with the newsprint skull on it.

Hmmm…for some reason I thought of the strait to video Swamp Thing II movie starring Heather Locklear. Such talent.

And for those who aren’t aware, that cute blonde getting frightened on the cover of House of Secrets #92 is Louise Simonson.

Ego notwithstanding, in regards to your comment that Bernie was the reason people were buying the early Swamp Thing issues, I feel obliged to point out what Paul Levitz told me years ago when I believed pretty much the same thing, namely that sales of Swamp Thing were not affected at all when Bernie left the book, but that they plunged when I left the title several issues later. I have to admit that little bit of info did a great deal for my admittedly-fragile ego.

I thought of choices 1 and 3, but honestly think there are so many cool covers that ought to be iconic (and most of them from John Totleben). I’m thinking of issues 49, 73 and 83 (admittedly that last one is very peculiar, but a powerful image, with Swamp Thing as a cloud formation Enemy Ace is flying into).

@Len Wein:

just thought I’d say “thank you” for providing so much enjoyment, particularly by creating the X-men and Swamp Thing that have shaped my love of comics lo these many years. Thank you very much.

Always think of this one when I think of Swamp Thing –

http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/swamp-thing/7-1.jpg

for sentimental reasons, since it’s one of my first ones

And to echo the sentiments of dhole for Mr. Wein: THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH.

Best,

Luis Jaime

I considered it, but it’s basically just a rehash (a well done rehash, of course) of the cover for #1.

Ego notwithstanding, in regards to your comment that Bernie was the reason people were buying the early Swamp Thing issues, I feel obliged to point out what Paul Levitz told me years ago when I believed pretty much the same thing, namely that sales of Swamp Thing were not affected at all when Bernie left the book, but that they plunged when I left the title several issues later. I have to admit that little bit of info did a great deal for my admittedly-fragile ego.

Thanks for the comment, Len! It’s well-taken!

I would TOTALLY put Totleben’s at #1. No doubt!

> There was another iconic cover I was going to link to,
> but it turns out Ii was thinking of Man-Thing. Never mind.

Yeah ! Let’s have top 5 Man Thing covers !

was hoping swamp thing would pop up on the list. and glad to see the atanomy lesson was number one plus Swamp thing and Abby’s romance. the one cover looks like the issue where Swampy goes to hell for Abby

You tell ‘em Len!

Yeah ! Let’s have top 5 Man Thing covers !

I’ll split the baby with ya. ;)

Swamp Thing # 9 also has a memorable cover.

just found a #92 in my childhood collection of comicbooks!

After printing, the original cover art to #34 was stolen and never recovered!
Find out more at the Swamp Thing Annotations
http://www.tinyurl.com/readswampthing

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