Swampmen

TwoMorrows’ long-awaited Swampmen book rises from the muck at last

SwampmenOriginally planned for release in 2005 by TwoMorrows Publishing, Swampmen: Muck-Monsters And Their Makers succumbed to a myriad of logistical problems that caused the book to languish in the mire of never-documented comic book history — until now. After a decade of regular requests from fans, the book has finally risen from the muck, and is now shipping to stores worldwide.

Swampmen: Muck-Monsters And Their Makers examines all the creepy man-critters that crawled out of the bayou back in the 1970s, through the memories of the artists and writers who created such characters as Swamp Thing, Man-Thing, The Heap, Lurker of the Swamp, It, Bog Beast, and even Warren’s little-known Marvin the Dead Thing.

It features a stunning line-up of interviews, including Bernie Wrightson, Alan Moore, Mike Ploog, Len Wein, Frank Brunner, Steve Gerber, Stephen R. Bissette, Rick Veitch, Gerry Conway, Val Mayerik, Joe Orlando, Marty Pasko, Jim Mooney, John Totleben, Tom Yeates, Karen Berger, Jesse Santos, Michael Uslan, Michael W. Kaluta, Louise Simonson, Roy Thomas, and the remembrances of many others.

Behind its chilling Frank Cho cover, there’s also these astounding stories: “It Started with ‘It’: The Theodore Sturgeon Connection”; “The Romance of ‘Swamp Thing’: Heartbreak Inside the House of Secrets”; “With the Helping of the Heap: Alan Moore’s Anatomy Lesson”; “Jesus is Not Alright with DC: Rick Veitch and Cancelled Comics of Calvary”; and “The Lost Bernie Wrightson Swamp Thing Graphic Novel.” Over ten years in the making, this is the definitive look at that ground-breaking horror comics sub-genre, and is edited by Jon B. Cooke (editor of Comic Book Creator magazine).

Swampmen is a 192-page trade paperback (much of it in full-color), and is now available at comic book stores using Diamond Comic Distributors Order Code: MAY141629

• Readers can also view a free preview and order the Print or Digital Edition directly from TwoMorrows Publishing at: twomorrows.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1134

• The book is also available at from Amazon, and through TwoMorrows’ app on the Apple and Android platforms

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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