Swamp Thing: Dark Genesis

Swamp Thing: Dark Genesis
By Len Wein (writer) and Bernie Wrightson (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released February 1992, reissued December 2002

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563890445

Synopsis from publisher:
He has become a modern legend, this mysterious creature of the Louisiana bayou. Feared as a monster, hailed as a god, by turns wonderfully benevolent and pitiless in his wrath, the Swamp Thing has carved his unique niche in the American Landscape.

Writer Len Wein and legendary horror artist Bernie Wrightson, the original creators of the most complex creature in comics, brought the “Swamp Thing” to life in an 8-page story from HOUSE OF SECRETS #92. Now that classic story, plus the first ten issues of SWAMP THING Volume One, are reprinted in a new edition of SWAMP THING: DARK GENESIS – a 240-page VERTIGO trade paperback.

In DARK GENESIS, learn the astonishing secret of Swamp Thing’s “birth”; share the forbidden passions of Anton Arcane and the measureless sorrow of the Patchwork Man; shiver to the timeless horror of the witch named Rebecca Ravenwind and of a tortured Scottish werewolf. These eleven stories are not merely acknowledged classics of the comics field; they are an incredible reading experience, and the ideal introduction to the many-faceted creature known as Swamp Thing.

To date, the contents of this collection (and the digest-sized version Secret of the Swamp Thing) are the only issues to be reprinted from the first Swamp Thing series, which ran bi-monthly for 24 issues from 1972 to 1976. This collects Bernie Wrightson’s entire run on the series. Len Wein wrote three more issues (#s 11-13), which have not yet been collected or reprinted. The rest of the series, still to be collected, was illustrated by Nestor Redondo (issues 11-23) and Fred Castrillo (24), and written by David Michelinie (14-18 & 21-22), Gerry Conway (19-20 & 23-24) and David Anthony Kraft (24).


  1. House of Secrets #92 (1971)
  2. Swamp Thing #1 (1972)
  3. Swamp Thing #2 (1972)
  4. Swamp Thing #3 (1973)
  5. Swamp Thing #4 (1973)
  6. Swamp Thing #5 (1973)
  7. Swamp Thing #6 (1973)
  8. Swamp Thing #7 (1973)
  9. Swamp Thing #8 (1974)
  10. Swamp Thing #9 (1974)
  11. Swamp Thing #10 (1974)

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Len Wein

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Posted on May 26, 2008, in DC Comics/Vertigo, Graphic Novel Database, House of Secrets, Swamp Thing and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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