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Swamp Thing #20
December 7th, 2012 by Rusty

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Swamp Thing #20 cover

Swamp Thing #20

Date: January 1976
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: 25¢
2012 Price Range: $38 – $3
Stats: 18 color pages plus ads and “Swamp Things” letters page.
Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Nestor Redondo
Notable Notes: Swamp Thing battles its doppelganger!

Whoops! Not That #20!

Ok, I’ll be honest: when I bought this issue I thought I was getting the one that was Alan Moore’s first issue… but I was sadly mistaken. Alan Moore’s first Swamp Thing script was in Saga of the Swamp Thing #20, not this one, which is just plain old Swamp Thing #20. Sheesh! Such a rookie mistake – I am totally embarrassed! Oh well, I bought and read this one so let’s see how it stacks up shall we?


Swamp Thing and his Seminole Indian friend show a sacred pool to a young boy, but little do they know that this beast is not the real Swamp Thing – it is “The Mirror Monster!” The real monster is far away but feels that something is “wrong”, and goes to investigate what is causing the feeling. We are treated to a motorcycle gang brawl, a flashback to the 1800s and a group of nervous construction workers building near the swamp. Swamp Thing (the real one) finally figures out that the Mirror Monster came from one of his own lost limbs, and the two are equally matched when it comes to their fighting abilities. Things get sad when people die, friends are lost and innocents are killed. Oh well, such is the life of Alec Holland – the Swamp Thing!

My 2 Cents:

So, this was the first Swamp Thing I have ever read. I guess it was OK – nothing too special. It would have been nice to know more of the background and story though. I’m not really a horror comic type of guy, but there were some intriguing elements to the Swamp Thing. This series has been around (and famous) for a long time, so there must be something to it. Maybe I’ll seek out a couple more issues and see how they go. Hey – I have an idea: how about I get the issue with Alan Moore’s first scripts! 🙂

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 3 stars
  • Art: 3 stars
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars

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