Swamp Thing is coming back to the comics in January -- and this time he'll have one of his original creators with him.
DC Entertainment has announced that a new six-issue Swamp Thing miniseries will bow next month, and that it will be written by the monstrous antihero's co-creator Len Wein, returning to his creation for the first time since he ended his run on the first edition of the title back in 1973.
Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson first introduced Swamp Thing in House of Secrets #92, published in June/July 1971. The character was popular enough that he got his own title in 1972. Although Wein quit writing Swamp Thing after the first 13 issues, he later edited Saga of the Swamp Thing in the mid-1980s, assigning Alan Moore to the series in what would prove to one of Moore's finest early works and one of the greatest horror comics runs of all time.
Swamp Thing has been on and off the shelves ever since, with the character most recently being rebooted in September 2011 as part of DC's New 52 lineup. He also had his own TV series on the USA Network from 1990 to 1993 and starred in a 1982 film directed by Wes Craven, along with a 1989 sequel. He was slated at one point to return to the big screen in Justice League Dark, and there was even development of a standalone film a few years back, but the former is going through a massive amount of changes and the latter was abandoned.
But this one is real, and it's certainly exciting that Len Wein is coming full circle to once again write about perhaps his best-known creation after Wolverine and other X-Men members like Storm and Nightcrawler. Plot details are under wraps, but issue #1 hits stands on January 6 and some artwork by Kelley Jones can be seen below.