Ah, the one time I’ve taken any pleasure in seeing Batman get his arse handed to him. Magic.
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The REAL Batman would keep a healthy supply of fast acting herbicides or defoliants in his Bat-utility belt.
This is clearly early in Batman’s career and after this encounter he makes sure to keep a healthy supply of fast acting herbicides or defoliants in his Bat-utility belt.
I especially enjoy the single dignified “AAGH.”
IIRC in this story he does try to use some kind of chemicals on Swampy and still gets his ass handed to him.
To be fair, he’s a smart guy with a plan versus someone with nature-controlling powers. I like that he puts up a good fight for a human but still loses.
The modern “Batman always wins” trope has increased my appreciation of this story.
This page got me thinking.Imagine Swampy appearing in Justice League and beating them all,the Green Lantern books and decimating their ranks,etc.etc. A line-wide cross-over event of Swampy showing “mankind” the error of it’s ways.Man,I would buy the hell out of that!Animal Man vs. Swampy!Superman helpless!Justice League Dark and John save the day!Tie the whole thing together centered around Swampy.What a time it would be!
See what happens when I start thinking.
This issue of Swamp Thing is now as old as the first issue of Fantastic Four was in 1986. Those of us that bought this issue when it came out are very, very old.
Can anyone explain to me why Batman and Swamp Thing are fighting each other in this issue? Swampy tells Batman to report back to his “masters”? And to leave his wife alone? I can’t figure things out from the contextual clues…
Since Batman can beat Superman (The Dark Knight Returns) and Swamp Thing can beat Batman (see above), it’s obvious that Swamp Thing can beat Superman!
And that makes for a very Happy New Year!
#53 is one of my favorites. Swampy is just so cool!
Actually, Robert in New Orleans, Swamp Thing wound up SAVING Superman from going on a psychopathic hallucinogenic rage, so your mathematical analogy kinda backfires there. A better outcome would be a Rocks – paper – scissors situation where one S-hero is capable of beating another S-hero, and can be defeated by another in turn. For anything that can defeat a plant element with ease, you’d have to go outside the realm of the periodic table to eldritch abominations. (A game of Cthulhu / Azathoth / Yog-Sothoth)
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While Swampy was away,the law busted his wife,Abby,for having sex outside her species(with a vegetable).They dragged her to Gotham to stand trial.Swampy is pissed!Instead of simply taking her back,he demands her return,or else.When the law refuses,to peacefully show his power,Swampy turns Gotham into an overgrown jungle paradise,effectively shutting down the city.The law(“his masters”)send in Batman and this page is Swampy’s response.
Actually, Abby got hounded out of her job and community when everyone found out she was bangin’ a “guy in a swamp costume” and fled to Gotham. There she was mistakenly swept up in a prostitute raid by the GCPD.