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A swamp monster (also variously called a swamp creature, swamp man, or muck monster)[1] is a fictional or mythological creature imagined to lurk in a swamp.


Some swamp monsters resemble aquatic creatures, while other swamp monsters resemble aquatic plants and moss. They are generally depicted as fierce and destructive; a confrontation with one presents a lethal hazard. Below is a list of the known swamp monsters in folklore and different media appearances.

Swamp monsters in folklore, legends, and mythology

Examples in comics

The Heap in mortal combat with the "Man of the Moonlight" on the cover of Airboy Comics, vol. 9 #5 (June 1952). Artwork by Ernest Schroeder.

From the 1940s to the present many swamp monsters have been used in comics, an early example being Hillman Publications' the Heap.

Afterwards, both DC Comics and Marvel created similar characters:

The debuts of the two characters were so close that it is impossible to say which came first.[11] Alan Moore, who worked on Swamp Thing for a period, later described the character's original incarnation as "a regurgitation of Hillman Comics' The Heap", adding that "When I took over that character at Len Wein's suggestion, I did my best to make it an original character that didn't owe a huge debt to previously existing swamp monsters."[12]

Other swamp monsters in comics include:

Examples in other media

See also


  1. ^ Jon B. Cooke and George Khoury, Swampmen: Muck-Monsters and their Makers (2015), p. 6, ISBN 1605490571.
  2. ^ Observations on Popular Antiquities: Including the Whole of Mr. Bourne's Antiquitates Vulgares (1777).
  3. ^ "Expedia produces map of the world's mythical creatures and, yes, drop bears made the cut".
  4. ^ Giants, Monsters & Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth By Carol Rose
  5. ^ H. David Brumble, Classical Myths and Legends in the Middle Ages and Renaissance: A Dictionary of Allegorical Meanings (1998), p. 156.
  6. ^ a b "Swamp Creature". 13 August 2012.
  7. ^ Theresa Bane, Encyclopedia of Beasts and Monsters in Myth, Legend and Folklore (2016), p. 211.
  8. ^ "BBC News - Americas - The abominable swampman".
  9. ^ The Washington Post (1988-08-14) "'Lizard Man' Claims a Casualty", The Washington Post
  10. ^ "The Prime Hook Swamp Creature". Paranormal Catalog. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
  11. ^ Cotter, Robert Michael "Bobb" (2008). The Great Monster Magazines: A Critical Study of the Black and White Publications of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 80. ISBN 978-0-7864-3389-6.
  12. ^ "Interview with Alan Moore Page 5 of 8". Seraphemera. February 19, 2013.
  13. ^ One Piece Vol. 61 Chapter 603
  14. ^ "Take a Look Inside UVA Employee Matthew Gatto's 'Parlor of Horrors'". 24 October 2017.
  15. ^ Walsh, Megan. "These 'Scream Queens' Killer Theories Prove The Green Meanie Could Be Anyone".