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The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, #29, Swamp Thing
The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, Swamp Thing

AKA: ALEC HOLLAND

Scientist Holland gets splashed with a �bio-restorative formula� when baddies attack his Louisiana swampland laboratory, and is transmuted into a big monster - who has a certain similarity with earlier comics creatures the Heap and Man-Thing. The first run of the comic featured marvellously grotesque Wrightson art, but it wasn�t until writer Alan Moore took up the book � which was relaunched to tie in with the Wes Craven film � that ST really became a major player, even if he had to play straight man to Moore�s John Constantine. It turns out that ST isn�t a transformed human, but animated swamp with the consciousness of the late Holland. He has had a long-term relationship with a human woman, which some have criticised as perverted or icky.

FIRST APPEARED IN SWAMP THING # 1 (1972) � OR HOUSE OF SECRETS # 92 (1971), IF YOU WANT TO BE REALLY PEDANTIC
CREATED BY LEN WEIN AND BERNIE WRIGHTSON

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A big shambling, roughly man-shaped hunk of muck and vegetation with a distinctive nose, ST is the only superhero capable of producing halluconogenic fruit from his body.
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Ray Wise is Holland and Dick Durock Swampy in the film; Durock reappears in The Return of Swamp Thing and the short-lived Swamp Thing TV show.
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Matthew the Raven, a key character in Sandman, first appeared (and died) as a human being in the Swamp Thing comic.
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