First appearing in House of Secrets #92 back in July 1971, Swamp Thing has certainly become a superhero for our times. Created by Len Wein (writer) and Bernie Wrightson (artist), he is an elemental hybrid of man and plant fighting to keep an environmental balance. Like all comic characters, he’s been reimagined and reinvented multiple times over the ensuing decades, and is still in publication today.
Perhaps the greatest run in the characters history, indeed one of the greatest in comic books, is that by Alan Moore, the writer that gave us the Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and Batman: The Killing Joke. Taking Swamp[ Thing in a new direction, he abandoned the human roots and took him into the horror genre. It was actually the first comic to eschew the approval of the Comics Code Authority. A classic run of the genre.
As well as comics, Swampy has also appeared in TV shows and movies, both live and animated, although none of them could be called fine examples of the mediums. The last was just two years ago, whn a promising series, part of the DCEU, was cancelled due to budgetary issues with the state of Georgia, although we’re sure there’s more top it than that. Hopefully the character will get the treatment it deserves.