John McCrea joins Mike Perkins and Brian Bolland on Swamp Thing for upcoming special issue

Out in June from US publisher DC Comics is The Swamp Thing #5 with covers by Mike Perkins, with Mike Spicer on colours, and Brian Bolland! Written by Ram V, news arrived that on this issue, John McCrea joins the team – drawing a story that also features John Constantine.

“John‘s stepping in to do the interiors on this one to provide me with some breathing space – and because he’s excellent!” says Mike.

The Swamp Thing #5 - Cover by Mike Perkins
The Swamp Thing #5 – Cover by Mike Perkins
The Swamp Thing #5 - Cover by Brian Bolland
The Swamp Thing #5 – Cover by Brian Bolland

“I’ve always wanted to draw both these characters,” says John, who’s currently running a crowdfunding campaign for a Dead Eyes Art Book, “so a dream job! Thanks to Ram V
and Mike Perkins for giving me the chance.”

Quite coincidentally, John gave fans a taster of how he would draw Swamp Thing just last month on Twitter, prompting numerous appeals to see him draw the strip.

Swamp Thing, art by John McCrea
Swamp Thing, art by John McCrea

He’s also been a convention sketch favourite in the past.

Swamp Thing, art by John McCrea


Story by Ram V

Art by John McCrea

Covers by Mike Perkins, Brian Bolland

Newly armed with the knowledge and powers he gained from the Green and yet lonelier than ever, Levi Kamei is pulled once more into service as the Avatar of the Green is summoned by primal forces to the city of London, where old ideas lie buried, slowly leaching into the reality above. The scars of old wars and the dangers of past ideologies resurface as the Swamp Thing must team up with an old trench-coated acquaintance and his new protege to save the present from the atrocities of our past…

The Swamp Thing #5 | 32 pages, $3.99 (Variant, $4.99), available on 6th July 2021 from your local comic shop

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. 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 "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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