If you were a little puzzled about where the reprints were coming from for this week’s Swamp Thing Halloween Horror Special, due to arrive at Walmart sometime between now and Sunday, depending on where you live, there’s a reason. DC counts off the contents and nobody’s going to blame you if you never heard of an Infinite Halloween Special.
This 100-Page Giant sells for $4.99 and includes several classic fright-filled stories from DC’s history, led by the iconic HOUSE OF SECRETS #92 from 1971, which features Swamp Thing’s very first appearance, written and drawn by co-creators Len Wein (writer) and Bernie Wrightson (artist). 1971’s “Night of the Reaper,” from BATMAN #237, features two more giants of superhero storytelling, writer Denny O’Neil and artist Neal Adams, telling a Halloween tale of revenge and the search for a Nazi war criminal.
2007’s DC INFINITE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL also contributes to this issue, with stories featuring DC heroes Superman (“Strange Cargo”), Blue Devil and Enchantress (“The Pumpkin Sinister”) and Zatanna (“Kcirt ro Taert”). The book also reprints a Batman tale from the 2008 DC INFINITE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL, “The Ballad of Jonathan Crane,” as well as “Night Gods” from 2010’s THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, starring Aquaman and the Demon.
Of course, you’re probably a bit more interested in the new 12-page story involving Swamp Thing and a witch written by Brian Azzarello and drawn by Greg Capullo.