Swamp Thing Characters

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Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing is the monster-hero title character. In his original backstory, he started as mild-mannered botanist Alec Holland, who was researching a bio-restorative formula with his wife Linda in the Louisiana bayou. Sinister forces conspired to sabotage his work, and his lab was dynamited with the two scientists inside. Linda died, and Alec, burning alive, fled into the water of the swamp. There, it was assumed that Holland's formula combined with the swampy plant material to save Holland by making him a literal "Swamp Thing."

Writer Alan Moore changes the nature of Swamp Thing's existence, with Jason Woodrue realizing that Swamp Thing only absorbed the consciousness of Alec Holland like a body absorbs nutrients by eating; Alec Holland is in fact long dead, and Swamp Thing is just a monstrous plant golem, and not a human trapped in a monster's body. This revelation forces Swamp Thing to...

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