One Swamp Thing adventure left Alec Holland to make an impossible choice.
The moss-encrusted DC hero Swamp Thing has one of the greatest ongoing stories in the DC universe history. One of his greatest adventures was also one of his most heart-breaking, and left Alec Holland's troubled hero with an impossible decision to make.
While Alan Moore is the best known writer of Swamp Thing, creator Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson also turned in some of his best stories. In their original run from 1972 to 1974, the creative duo explored many concepts that involved aliens, the supernatural, and monsters. In Swamp Thing issue #12 story "Eternity Man", Alec Holland's ethics were tested to their limits when he was placed in a position where there was no easy answer — and his decision proved tragic either way.
In the prior issue of the series, Swamp Thing rescued a small group of people from the captivity of an apocalyptic professor and his ancient sentient worms. Following the destruction of the professor's hideout and the terrifying worms, the green giant was cast back out into the solitude of the swamp. While taking a look at his surroundings, he was drawn towards a strange pink light, emanating from a peculiar stone hidden behind the plant life. Once in possession of the stone, Swamp Thing suddenly found himself cascading through time itself and into the Jurassic Era.
While trapped millions of years in the past, Swamp Thing was lucky enough to be saved from the jaws of a T-Rex by a man. Given the time, Holland knew well enough that the man couldn't be native to this era and realized he was a fellow victim of the stone's temporal properties. But, when the man died in his efforts to save the Protector of the Green, the hero was left overcome with sadness at the loss. However, shortly after, the pink stone reactivates along with the dead man seemingly returning to life. His business now concluded, Holland shifts through time again.
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