Swamp Thing is a Modern Day Tragic Comic Book Monster and Protector of the Green. Swamp Thing Comics Combine Horror and Superheroes in One Comic Book.
Swamp thing - the most overlooked superhero - graces the shelves of comic book stores, with some of the best stories available in comic books. Part human and part plant makes Swamp Thing the most unusual hero in the comic book world today.
Botanist Alec Holland became the avatar of the Green, known as the Swamp Thing, following his death in a swamp as a result of a horrific accident. With the ability to control any form of plant life, Swamp Thing uses his powers to protect both the human and the plant worlds.
First appearing in 1971, in the comic book series House of Secrets, scientist Alex Olson is working on a bio-restorative formula when his lab is destroyed by explosives placed by his friend and co-worker, Damian Ridge, whose interest in Olson's wife, Linda, comes to head. Olsen is caught in the explosion and set aflame. He runs into the water of the swamps where he is transformed – in typical comic book fashion – into the Swamp Thing by the teeming life-essences of the bog and the cellular regenerative powers of the bio-restorative formula. Believing Alex dead, Linda marries Damian. But when Linda begins to suspect that Damian is responsible for Alex's death, he decides to kill her. While he is in the act, Swamp Thing arrives and stops him, but is unable to vocalize to Linda that he is Alex, and sadly returns to the swamp and comic book limbo.
Swamp Thing's origin was slightly altered when he was revived and given his own title in 1972. In this new comic book saga, Scientist Alec Holland (working on a secret restorative formula in the Louisiana swamps that can "make forests out of deserts") is killed by a bomb planted by agents of the mysterious Nathan Ellery, who wants the formula. Splashed with burning chemicals in the massive fire, Holland runs from the lab and falls into the waters of a muck-filled swamp, returning to wreak vengeance on his killers. It was later, after acting as the legendary protector of the Louisiana Bayou for many years, that Swamp Thing learned of his connection to “The Green” and of the avatars which had come before him, who now make up the Parliament of Trees.
Swamp Thing has complete mastery over all forms of plant life and can command vegetative matter to do his bidding. Through this power, he is in constant communication with the very essence of the Earth, and serves as the Plant Elemental for the entire planet. The Swamp Thing's strength level is directly tied to his connection to the Earth. Occupying his most commonly used body, the Swamp Thing is capable of lifting volumes of mass many times greater than his own body weight. With additional power supplied to him by The Green, his ultimate strength level is nearly incalculable. The Swamp Thing houses his conscious mind inside of a faux body made up of compacted flora and vegetative material. At will, he can abandon this host form and take up residence inside of another shell. Even if the body he is currently occupying is destroyed, Alec's mind lives on and will reconstitute itself in a newly grown swamp-form. The Swamp Thing operated for several years before he even became aware of this ability. Eventually, it was the occultist John Constantine who revealed Alec's Elemental nature to him, and instructed in the ways of reconstituting a new body.
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