Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones in Eyes of Alec Holland

§ March 26th, 2014 § Filed under swamp thing § 6 Comments

So they found a way to get me to buy those Robot Chicken photo-cover gag variants…GUESS HOW:

This, I realize, comes as a surprise to no one.

On a related note, I had a brief interchange with fellow Swamp Thing fan John regarding the possibility of the existence of color variations of House of Secrets #92, Swamp Thing’s first appearance. It seems that when I’ve posted panels from that original story in the past, Swamp Thing’s eyes were colored red:

…but when John got his own copy of HOS #92, the eyes were colored white-ish:

He wondered why there was an apparent difference between his copy of HOS92 and my own, if perhaps there was another print run of the original where the coloring was altered, purposefully or accidentally. And that had me wondering, too. Mostly along the lines of “how in God’s name am I going to track down this kind of variant for my own collection?”

Well, after a small amount of digging, actually it turns out my scans have been from one of the handful of reprints I have of that story, since I didn’t want to subject my own original House of Secrets #92 to the tender mercies of the flatbed scanner. In those reprints, the eyes have been recolored red from the original version’s white, which is a detail I hadn’t realized had been changed. So, no weird color variations in that original release of House of Secrets #92, I’m afraid. Sorry, price guides and eBay!

Also, I’d be lying if I said that didn’t come as some small bit of relief. Calling store to store asking them to check Swamp Thing’s eye coloring on their copies of House of Secrets #92…I’m not sure the human ear could endure that many hang-ups.

6 Responses to “Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones in Eyes of Alec Holland

  • Snark Shark says:

    “House of Secrets #92,”

    The re-colored actually looks better! Swampy is GREEN rather than GREY.

  • Mike,

    After many years of similar emails wherein I asked a beleaguered seller to check for some ridiculous (and nearly impossible to discern) variation for my own collector monkey… your red-eyes request could be considered mild.

    I’ve often had to try to describe Doctor Strange or Man-Thing via text to people who thought “red cape = Superman”, “muck monster = wtf?”.

    On the bright side, I’m sure I’ll die some day, and it’ll all be over.

    Yes, I hate myself.


  • swamp mark says:

    i never liked the idea of calling ahead and giving a retailer a heads up that I’m coming in to buy a certain book. kinda like telling a car dealer you love the car. not a good bargaining position to take. LOL.
    as a fellow “endangered” completist, tyvm for the variant info. gotta have ’em. fyi, Swampy gets a figure in Scribblenauts series 4 from the new previews. hope it’s not 140 bucks.

  • ExistentialMan says:

    With all the swampy goodness going around, just curious if you’ve been reading Manifest Destiny from Image. The flora/plant creatures in the most recent issue are a thing of beauty. Not quite Bissette/Totleben, but close.

  • Philip says:

    Monsterpiece Theater, eh? Have Cookie Monster’s lawyers heard about this?

  • Snark Shark says:

    ” Manifest Destiny ”

    GREAT book!