Swamp Thing is a fictional character, a plant elemental in the DC Comics Universe. He first appeared in House of Secrets #92 (July 1971), and was created by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson. The character is a humanoid mass of vegetable matter who fights to protect his swamp home, the environment in general, and humanity from various supernatural or terrorist threats.
The character found perhaps his greatest popularity during the 1980s and early ’90s. Outside of an extensive comic book history, the Swamp Thing property has inspired two theatrical films, a live-action television series, and a 5-part animated series among other media.
Swamp Thing’s expansion into media outside of comic books began with his first eponymous film in 1982. Directed by Wes Craven, it starred actor/stuntman Dick Durock as the title character. A sequel, The Return of Swamp Thing, was produced in 1989. This was much lower in budget and met with significantly less success than its predecessor.
The aforementioned film series rejected the popular Alan Moore revision of Swamp Thing’s origin and portrayed Swamp Thing with his original origin as a man turned into a plant-like entity. They also heavily featured Anton Arcane, who now became the man responsible for causing Alec Holland’s transformation into Swamp Thing.
The documentary feature film The Mindscape of Alan Moore contains a psychedelic animation piece based on the “Love and Death” issue of Swamp Thing.
The 1982 film starred Louis Jordan, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise, and Dick Durock (as Swamp Thing). Directed by Wes Craven
Tagline: Science transformed him into a monster. Love changed him even more!
Plot: After a violent incident with a special chemical, a research scientist is turned into a swamp plant monster.
Make Up Department
Wren Boney … assistant makeup artist
Ken Horn … special makeup effects artist: Charleston
Tonga Knight … makeup artist
Tony Marrero … hair stylist
Esther Mercado … special makeup effects artist: Charleston
David B. Miller … special makeup effects artist
William Munns … special makeup effects designer
Deborah Shankle … special makeup effects artist: Charleston
Special Effects Department
Art Brewer … special effects
Geoffrey Rayle … special effects assistant (uncredited)