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Out of the swamp, and into The New York Times

From Swamp Thing #1, by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette

If you had told me a year ago — heck, a week ago — that Swamp Thing would be in The New York Times, in anything other than an Alan Moore retrospective, I’d have certainly laughed. But here we are, with the newspaper referencing the creature in a headline and showing off two pages of Yanick Paquette’s gorgeous art from the first issue of DC Comics’ relaunched Swamp Thing, which arrives in stores today.

It’s all part of a solid, if brief, profile of Scott Snyder that charts the writer’s three-year comics rise from minor Marvel gigs to Vertigo’s American Vampire to Detective Comics to a key role in DC’s New 52, penning Swamp Thing and the high-profile Batman.

After the break, check out two more pages from Swamp Thing #1, which Comic Book Resources gave 4 1/2 stars. Batman #1, by Snyder and Greg Capullo, arrives in stores Sept. 21.

From Swamp Thing #1, by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette

From Swamp Thing #1, by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette



The quality of the comics and the success of the initiative remain to be seen. But DC has done a great job with its PR efforts, even managing to get into the Times during a week when half the arts section is dealing with either fall premieres or 9/11 anniversary coverage.

Snyder and Lemire: sometimes good things happen to really nice guys. I value the sketches Lemire did for me and my wife in books we bought from his table a few years back–with a dedication from Gus to my year-old son.

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