DC Entertainment has announced, via THR, the latest entry in the DC Zoom imprint of young reader graphic novels. The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid is written and illustrated by Kirk Scroggs. Scroggs’s previous credits include the Snoop Troop series of books, as well as the Tales of a Sixth Grade Muppet licensed series of books.
The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid follows Russell Weinwright, a typical middle-schooler save for the fact that he’s also a plant. The book shares the insides of Russell’s notebook, giving readers insight into his thoughts and life. The character’s surname is a particularly nice touch as an homage to Swamp Thing’s late co-creator, writer Len Wein.
In the THR piece, Scroggs describes the genesis of the book:

“All they said was, ‘We want something involving Swamp Thing and kids. Give us your ideas,’ and they went with this outside-of-the-box idea. Even though I was working with a property that’s already established, they let me do my thing.”

DC’s really making a big push into the young reader market with the Zoom and Ink imprints, going so far as devoting their Free Comic Book Day offerings to the debut books in those lines. It’s good to see that those imprints are going to be open to more diverse offerings and not just straight-forward panels-and-word-balloons graphic novels as well.
Check out the cover and a few preview pages for The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid, as well as the full solicit information for the book, below, and look for the book to sprout in stores on October 1st.


Warning! Unless you have express permission from Russell Weinwright to access his notebook, do not read any further. Seriously, we mean it.

Okay, if you are still with us, here is what we can share: Russell is a middle schooler; he excessively doodles; he has two best friends, Charlotte and Preston; he is not so great at sports; and he is pond scum. Nicknamed “Swamp Kid” by his classmates, Russell has algae for hair, a tree trunk for a right arm, and a parsnip for a thumb. Also, Russell’s favorite meal is sunlight. Also, a frog lives in his arm.

In this notebook, Russell details in both hilarious text and color illustrations (complete with ketchup stains!) what it’s like to be different, to discover his true talents, to avoid the intense stare of Mr. Finneca (his suspicious science teacher who may also be a mad scientist), and to find humor in the everyday weird.

This is THE SECRET SPIRAL OF SWAMP KID by writer and illustrator Kirk Scroggs, and you’ll never look at middle school the same way again.

  • Written and illustrated by Kirk Scroggs
  • On sale everywhere books are sold 10/1/2019
  • MSRP: $9.99



  1. “Weinwright” is a tribute to both of Swamp Thing’s creators – Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson.

  2. this book doesn’t waste anytime, does it?
    That scene with the small unathletic girl fighting off an alligator is pure feminist propaganda.
    The adrogynous black character attoboying her suggests to me it might be a pure lesbian fantasy where a woman shows that she is better at fighting off a wild animal than a boy her same age.
    “young adult”= books for teachers and adult progressives who want to instill certain values in students.*
    The idea that any kid could fight off a wild predator because they are an “animal lover” that easily is ludicrous even by the standards of a goofy/pretending-to-be-funny-but-isn’t-really comic.
    What’s the point? When the comic is so far-away from the original concept, what is the point of referencing that horror comic?Why are these corporations afraid to come up with anything new and not tie it to something else in their IP catalog. Anyway, I hope the cartoon, toy line, and movie based off this does well.
    *in a simple search for young adult comics and graphic novels, this came up way too soon in the results given how small a percentage of the population lgbt people are
    sure, fiction has ALWAYS instilled values but they were values shared by the majority of the population, not those shared by eccentrics.

  3. The person who runs this blog says all comics are and should be political and then promotes many comics or creators who put their progressive views in their work.
    Where’s the trolling, here?
    Are you denying the wokeness in this work or are angry that I have the nerve to do anything but give mindless praise that is typical of the sycophants here?

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