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COMIC LEGEND: Mr. Monster and Swamp Thing nearly had a crossover.
Michael T. Gilbert’s Doc Stearn…Mr. Monster was an excellent independent comic book series during the 1980s.
Eventually Gilbert became friends with superstar writer Alan Moore, and Moore even guest-scripted some Mr. Monster comics, even doing a Mr. Monster pin-up!
However, the pair actually were going to go further and actually have a crossover of their characters! A Mr. Monster/Swamp Thing crossover comic!
The deal was approved by DC and Eclipse (who were the publishers of Mr. Monster at the time) and it would have been the first cross-company crossover between DC Comics and an independent publisher…
Gilbert and Moore had even plotted the story (which Gilbert later described as “a romp through the horror worlds of various old comic book companies”), but right before Gilbert began to actually produce the story, Alan Moore had his split with DC Comics over Watchmen and without Moore, obviously there was no project left.
Man, how awesome would that have been?
Thanks to Steven W. for suggesting this one (Steven also suggested this week’s Movie Legends Revealed about H.R. Giger and the Batmobile. Quite a week for suggestions, Steve!)
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