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(23 pages)
Writer: Steve Bissette
Plot: Bissette, Totleben, Moore & Veitch
Artist(s): Rick Veitch, Alfredo Alcala
Colorist: Tatjana Wood
Letterer: John Costanza
Editor: Karen Berger
Swamp Thing Created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson

Cover: John Totleben and Bill Sienkiewicz (signed)


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This story has echoes of the myth of Isis & Osiris. Osiris was an Egyptian ruler who was killed by his evil brother, Set, and Osiris' sister/wife searched for his scattered body parts to try to bring him back to the land of the living.

2:2 Anton Arcane was last seen in hell in issue #??

3:3 This is from chapter 10 of "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley. The monster ends up presumably dying on an iceberg in the arctic.

4:3 Dr. Elijah Chomes experimented on Gregori in issue HOUSE OF SECRETS #140 in 1976 (Not an issue of SWAMP THING!) That was the same anthology series in which the first ST story appeared. HOUSE OF SECRETS was cancelled after one more issue. (Cover at left by Ernie Chan. Click to enlarge.)

Patchwork Man solo story from HOUSE OF SECRETS #140.
Writer: Gerry Conway. Artist: Nestor Redondo

A continuation of that Patchwork Man "spinoff" story was printed only in issue #3 of a Swedish magazine called GIGANT. (Click cover at right to enlarge.)
A Swampy fan who goes by the name Alec Holland describes the story to me thusly:

Part 3: "Night of The Rat"
After HoS #140, the Patchwork Man lost his indestructible condition. Permanent damage was done when he was wounded and made vulnerable by Dr. Chomes final experiment and was forced to escape. Hurt and fugitive, he joined a cab driver at his family's residence. In this following story, a plague of rats attacks and he fights them off. In worse condition (Arcane's stitches for the monster undone) he escapes again.

5:6 Gregori was rebuilt into the Patchwork Man after being blown up in a minefield, as told in SWAMP THING (1st series) #3.
One of the original sketches for the cover. I like this one better because the Patchwork Man looks pathetic but not goofy, and there's a parallel between him and Swampy holding Abby. Click image to enlarge.
Art by Totleben

7:1 Abby was fired from Elysium Lawns in issue #51.

8:1 Gator is singing The Bully Song, popularized by May Irvin in 1895.

Monday I was 'rested, Tuesday I was fined,
Sent to chain gang, done serve my time,
Still I'm lookin' for that bully of this town.
The bully, the bully, the bully can't be found
If I fin' that bully, goin to lay his body down
I'm lookin' for that bully of this town.

10:3 Translation from German: "No...Ilsa has not come."

11:3 Scene from SWAMP THING (1st series) #3.

13:2 Link from 12:6 "everything that could be wrong is wrong"

17:1 Chester Williams was last seen in issue #55.

19:3 ST was eaten by radiation in #36.

COMMENT: Young Gregori Arcane appears in #83.

COMMENT: In 2003, DC Comics collected/reprinted issues 57-64 in a trade paperback titled SWAMP THING: REUNION.

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