Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Feast 2017! "Reprise: The Patchwork Man!" by Conway and Redondo

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! It's time for one more helping of Thanksgiving Feast 2017 and this one's a doozy! Back in November 1975, DC decided to re-tool House of Secrets and give it a lead series beginning with its 140th issue. The main feature was no less than The Patchwork Man, Abby Arcane's pathos-ridden pater from Swamp Thing issues 2-3. Written by Gerry Conway with art by Nestor Redondo (who were, at the time, the creative team on Swamp Thing's own mag), PM seemed like it could'a been a contender. Someone got cold feet, though, and with HOS #141, the usual one-shot mystery stories had returned. A second Patchwork Man story, "Night of the Rat" by Conway and Redondo, was completed, though, and finally appeared in 1983--in the Finnish comic, Gigant #3 (published by Semic). Oh, well, at least we still have..."Reprise: The Patchwork Man!"
Cover art by Ernie Chan


  1. I had dropped out of comics at this time so I never knew Patchwork Man was a one-shot. I remember seeing it in my brother's comics and thinking it was a bad idea for HofS to abandon the anthology format.

  2. Any chance of you running the "Night of the Rat" sequel here, too, Groove (assuming it's in English, not Finnish)? That would be awesome!

    1. I'm not sure if there is an English version, but if I ever come across it, I'll certainly share it, Dave.



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