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History of Swamp Thing
History of Swamp Thing:
Thing is a DC Comics superhero character created in 1971.
In 1990, someone came up with the idea to make him into action
figures. But, as was the practice of the 1980s and 1990s, the
toys were made first and an animated series just an
afterthought...something to serve as a commercial for the toys.
Only 5 episodes of the Swamp Thing animated series were made.
Neither the cartoons or action figures had much success. It's a
sad deal, because Swamp Thing had the potential to be very, very cool.
The cartoon series has its plusses and
minuses. First of all, Swamp Thing is a cool character.
He's ugly enough to be impressive, but not repulsive to children.
I love all the things he can do. His plant-like body can do
anything! He's a good subject for an action figure. Endless
I also like how Swamp Thing talks. He's got a
good voice. A powerful, clear, coherent voice. He doesn't
growl in anger all the time like other monster heroes.
The dialogue to this cartoon, however, is really
corny. Does anyone really talk like that in real life? I
know this cartoon is for kids, but even kids can pick up on that.
I do think the writers should've given the characters more personality.
Swamp Thing is an ugly enough character, but he's
passable. The villains are way, WAY too ugly. You don't
want to look at them on a weak stomach. I think that's what hurt
the toyline, and maybe the series, too. If they gross out an
adult, I think they would gross out little kids, too.
The action and the stories are perfectly alright for
children. This show was a lot better written and more suitable
for general audiences than many other series of the time.
Parents, this show is alright for your child to see.
Along with the dialogue, another corny thing about
the show is the theme song. It's a play on the rock classic "Wild
Thing," which, although cute, would be better as a one-time spoof or
something. Anytime there's any action in the show, they go into
the Wild Thing ripoff and it's just so silly. They seriously
needed to work on a more original theme song. But, this show was
hastily put together just to sell toys. I'm surprised the show is
as good as it is. Most commercial cartoons are downright terrible.
The supporting cast of characters is
interesting. Swamp Thing's buddies Tomahawk and Bayou Jack are
cool. I like their weapons and their vehicles. It really
would make someone want to buy the respective toys. I'm 26,
writing this, and I would even like those toys!
Overall, this is an exciting, colorful, and
optimistic cartoon adventure series. It's worth a watching.