"The Last of the Ravenwind Witches": Swamp Thing stows away on a merchant vessel leaving Europe bound for America. Mid-voyage, he is discovered and the crew of the ship attacks him. He fights them off and leaps into the sea, where he eventually washes ashore near
Appearing in "The Last of the Ravenwind Witches"
- Rebecca Ravenwind
Synopsis for "The Last of the Ravenwind Witches"
Swamp Thing stows away on a merchant vessel leaving Europe bound for America. Mid-voyage, he is discovered and the crew of the ship attacks him. He fights them off and leaps into the sea, where he eventually washes ashore near the cliffs of Divinity, Maine.
The town of Divinity is an anachronism, still stuck within the cultural confines of the 17th century. One of the town's leading men, Gideon blames recent troubles on an accused witch named Rebecca Ravenwind. As villagers gather together to apprehend her, Rebecca and her simple-minded brother Timothy retreat to the ocean-side caves. There, she meets the Swamp Thing who helps to keep her safe.
But the villagers eventually come into conflict with him and drive him back as Gideon captures Rebecca and Timothy. Rebecca is put on trial and Gideon blames her for being the last in a line of witches that has cursed his family name for generations. Rebecca is found guilty of witchcraft and sentenced to die by burning.
Swamp Thing makes it back to the courthouse and breaks Timothy out of prison. He further prevents Gideon's people from burning Rebecca at the stake. Rebecca turns her magic upon the villagers and summons a massive thunderstorm. After several flashes of lightning, Swamp Thing looks to find that Gideon and the villagers have been turned into flowers. Rebecca turns to him and reveals the fact that she is not a witch. Timothy is the true witch, and she merely acts as his familiar.
Swamp Thing leaves, satisfied that Rebecca and Timothy will not come to any further harm.
Appearing in "The Man Who Wanted Forever"
- Hans Klochmann
Synopsis for "The Man Who Wanted Forever"
Matt Cable learns that Interpol is pulling him off of the Holland case, but he will not be deterred. He is determined to destroy the Swamp Thing and avenge the death of Alec Holland.
Swamp Thing meanwhile, wanders into a small mining colony in Vermont. He is shocked to discover a woman who looks exactly like his late wife, Linda. "Linda" befriends the Swamp Thing and introduces him to her husband, Alec Holland. Now the Swamp Thing knows that he must be delirious because he is Alec Holland.  The Hollands take the Swamp Thing into town to meet Mayor Hans Klochmann. Klochmann has designed the entire town and created robot citizens patterned after faces that he had discovered in newspaper obituaries (hence the reason why two of his robots resemble Alec and Linda).
Matt Cable hears word of a Swamp Thing sighting in Vermont, and Abby and he travel to find him.
A subversive organization known as the Conclave, who has been monitoring Cable's activities for some time now, send in a robotic task force to acquire the Swamp Thing. The robot task force openly attacks the robotic villagers and kills Mayor Hans Klochmann. The loyal citizens turn on Klochmann's assassins and destroys them. In the confusion, the Swamp Thing gets away.
Appearing in "Night Prowler"
Synopsis for "Night Prowler"
Fred and his wife watch a news report detailing recent criminal activities of a night prowler. After watching the broadcast, the two decide to go to bed. In the middle of the night, Fred is startled by a noise outside. Loading his shotgun, he nervously goes outside to investigate. He comes back in moments later, completely relaxed. Apparently the "night prowler" was only Santa Claus.
- This issue reprints issues #5-6 of Swamp Thing (Volume 1).
- The stories from this issue are also reprinted in Swamp Thing: Dark Genesis and the Secret of the Swamp Thing collection.
- "Night Prowler" was originally printed in House of Mystery #191.
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