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There is more than one Swamp Thing, the swamp monster/Elemental of the DC Universe (not Marvel’s Man Thing). The first one was created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson in House of Secrets #92 (July 1971) in a stand-alone horror story. At first, this anthropomorphic mound of vegetable matter was fighting to protect his swamp home, but he eventually broadens his scope to protect the environment in general, and humanity from various supernatural or terrorist threats, becoming a DC Superhero in his own way. 

During the 1970s, Swamp Thing had his first ongoing series, but it didn’t last. When he became the star of a Wes Craven movie in 1982, a second series was launched. It was almost canceled when Alan Moore became the main writer and made it a real creative success, rewriting the mythology of the character and expanding his powers and reach. Since then, more writers worked on the titles and Swamp Thing even start fighting alongside other DC heroes.

Swamp Thing Reading Order

The Bronze Age

…or what came before Alan Moore’s run.Swamp Thing Reading Order The Bronze Age Omnibus

  • Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Vol. 1
    Collects the original short story “Swamp Thing” from The House of Secrets #92 and Swamp Thing #1-13, featuring all of Wein and Wrightson’s original run on the series and including art by Nestor Redondo, Michael Wm. Kaluta and Luis Dominguez.
  • Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Vol. 2
    Collects Swamp Thing #14-24, Challengers of the Unknown #81-87, DC Comics Presents #8 and The Brave and the Bold #122 and #176. 
  • Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Vol. 3
    Collects The Saga of the Swamp Thing #6-19 and Saga of the Swamp Thing Annual #1.

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Swamp Thing Reading Order

Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing

During that era, Alan Moore created the character John Constantine. To know more about him, his appearances in the Saga of Swamp Thing and his own series “Hellblazer”, I redirect you to the John Constantine Reading Order.

Also available in one big box set.

Swamp Thing Reading Order

Rick Veitch’s Swamp Thing

When Alan Moore left, Rick Veitch who was already working on the title (he co-wrote and pencilled) took over.

If Swamp Thing Annual #4 written by Stephen Bissette is not collected yet, the Annual #5 by Neil Gaiman can be found in Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days.

Saga of the Swamp Thing John Constantine Reading OrdeWhen Rick Veitch left after a widely publicized creative dispute with DC about the use of Jesus as a character, Doug Wheeler took over and had to conclude his predecessor’s story before starting his own. So, he wrapped up the arc and oversaw the birth of Abby and the Swamp Thing’s daughter Tefé Holland who, with issue #90, became the main focus of Wheeler’s work.

Doug Wheeler wrote Swamp Thing #88 to #109, and they are not collected yet.

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Nancy A. Collins’s Swamp Thing

In order to revive interest in the series, DC gave Swam Thing to Nancy A. Collins who restored the pre-Moore tone of the series, bringing back Swamp Thing and Abby in southern Louisiana (Tefé is still present, a new Elemental is introduced, and old enemies were resurrected).

Swamp Thing Annual #7 was part of the Vertigo crossover event “Books of Magic: Children’s Crusade,” and Swamp Thing #139 was half of a two-part crossover with the Black Orchid series (issue #5) written by Dick Foreman.

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Grant Morrison and Mark Millar’s Swamp Thing

After Colling, Grant Morrison took over for a very short period of time. He wrote a four-part storyline (issues #140-143), than then unknown Mark Millar became the main writer, taking the second Swamp Thing series to its end.

Absent for a time following the end of his series, Swamp Thing made short and anecdotical appearances in the DC Universe. Like during The Final Night event. In 1997, the Swamp Thing was written into Aquaman (vol. 5) #32–33 by Peter David and attended the funeral for the ghost of Jim Corrigan in The Spectre (vol. 3) #62 by John Ostrander. In 1998, Aaron Hayley became the Swamp Thing in Roots an OGN by Jon J. Muth. A year later, the Swamp Thing teamed up with other Vertigo heroes in the one-shot special Totems. 

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Brian K. Vaughan’s Swamp Thing

The third Swamp Thing series was launched in 2000, and was written by Brian K. Vaughan. It focused on Tefé Holland.

Andy Diggle and Joshua Dysart’s Swamp Thing

The fourth Swamp Thing series began in 2004 and followed the Swamp Thing as he became once more a plant-based Earth elemental that just wanted to live an “eventless” life in the Louisiana swamps. Also, Tefé was still here, but was rendered powerless and mortal.

Swamp Thing #7-8 (written by Will Pfeifer), and #21-29 by Joshua Dysart are not collected yet, by can be found on Kindle/Comixology.

Saga of the Swamp Thing John Constantine Reading OrdeAfter that, Swamp Thing made multiple appearances in other series, most notably during the Brightest Day storyline (full reading order here). He was in Brightest Day #23-24, then in the Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search for Swamp Thing miniseries (not collected yet).

Swamp Thing Reading Order

Swamp Thing during the New 52 era

At the beginning of the New 52 era, not only Scott Snyder wrote Batman, he also took charge of the Swamp Thing series. It’s the volume 5. Following the events of ‘Brightest Day,’ Alec Holland has his life back…but the “Green” has plans for it. A monstrous evil is rising in the desert, and it’ll take a monster of another kind to defend life as we know it! Also, we’ve got a full reading order of the New 52 era, if you want to know where this books take place.Swamp Thing Reading Order By Scott Snyder

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Once Scott Snyder left the title, after his rotworld crossover, Charles Soule became the main writer on the series until its conclusion with issue #40.

Justice League Dark - Justice League Dark - Swamp Thing Reading OrderWe are at the point where Swamp Thing joined The Justice League Dark (see full reading order of the series here). It happened durint the Forever Evil crossover event, starting with Justice League Dark #25.

This is not the end of the New 52, just the beginning of the end. Convergence was a 2015 event. For more informations, go to the full reading order of the event. Also, Swamp Thing appeared in Convergence #3 & 5, and in Swamp Thing #1-2 collected in:

  • Convergence: Crisis Book Two
    Collects The Flash #1-2, Wonder Woman #1-2, Justice League Of America #1-2, Swamp Thing #1-2 And The New Teen Titans #1-2.

Len Wein returns to the bayou with master of graphic horror Kelley Jones for a 6-issue miniseries (the volume 6).

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Swamp Thing during the Rebirth era

Another relaunch. After a cameo in DC Universe: Rebirth #1, Swamp Thing didn’t made his comeback in his own series, but in Hellblazer. After that, he made some guest appearances.

Then came one-shots and the Wallmart exclusive series Swamp Thing Giant that are collected in:

  • Swamp Thing: Tales from the Bayou
    Collects Swamp Thing Winter Special #1, Young Monsters in Love #1, Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1, Swamp Thing Halloween Horror Giant #1, and Swamp Thing Giant #1-7.

Justice League Dark - Justice League Dark - Swamp Thing Reading Order

Following the events of Dark Nights: Metal, and the subsequent Justice League: No Justice one-shot, Swamp Thing joined the newly formed Justice League Dark. You’ll find more about if in the dedicated reading order.

For the DC Digital First collection, Mark Russell wrote a new Swamp Thing series called Swamp Thing: New Roots. Most of the stories were published first in the 100-Page Giants (aka Swamp Thing Giant vol. 2), which were a timed exclusive for Walmart stores.

  • Swamp Thing: New Roots
    Collects Swamp Thing Giant Direct Market Edition #1-4, Swamp Thing Giant (Wal-Mart Edition) #5, Swamp Thing: New Roots #6, and Swamp Thing: New Roots #9.

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Ram V’s Swamp Thing

After the Dark Nights: Death Metal event, came Future State and a new relaunch of the DC Universe. This time, Swamp Thing didn’t have to wait to make his comeback. He got a 2-issue Future State miniseries, then a 10-issue miniseries written by Ram V.

Last Updated on January 27, 2023.

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