Appearing in "Pog"
- Bartle (Dies)
- Space Ship
Synopsis for "Pog"
A group of aliens come to earth in a sentient spaceship shaped like a turtle. They disembark in the swamps of Louisiana, hoping that this will be a world compatible enough for them to settle on. They encounter the Swamp Thing there, and despite his compatriots' protests, one of the aliens shoots him down.
An alien named Pog grows to realize that Swamp Thing is not a threat, and unbinds him. Though they can't understand each other's languages, they engage in communications by drawing on the ground with a stick. Pog explains via pictograph that he came from a planet that was initially harmonious, but then a species of domineering creatures appeared, and forced one member of each of the other species to leave on a ship in search of a new home - of which, Pog was one.
Sadly, Swamp Thing leads Pog to Baton Rouge, where he reveals that humans are very like that domineering species that forced Pog and his friends away. Disheartened, Pog resigns himself to the fact that they will have to keep searching for a new home. Unfortunately, upon their return to the swamp a piercing scream alerts them to the fact that one of Pog's friends, Bartle, is being attacked by alligators.
Swamp Thing retaliates against the reptiles, but he is too late to save Bartle from death. Together, he and the aliens bury Bartle in the swamp, and then the aliens return to space in their ship.
- The story is a tribute to Walt Kelly's Pogo characters.
- The character Bartle appears to die in this issue, but later makes an appearance in Swamp Thing (Volume 2) #96.
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