The story goes that "Swamp Thing" came together after Wrightson endured a rough break-up. "You know, I just wrote a story that actually kind of feels like the way you feel now," Wein told Wrightson, who then read the script and got to work constructing the mossy, muscleman look of the character stuck in his own mind and body unable to communicate. Wrightson's horror always has a touch of knowingness to it, with superheroism and loads of incongruity, while the sci-fi has a cloying kind of revisionist camp. Consider the jacked-up, dissociative dread of his story, 'The Laughing Man,' from "Creepy" #95; or "The Hulk Vs. The Thing," where Wrightson finds a vehicle for big, bulky, colorful bodies beating each other up—visceral panel-to-panel action distilled. And recall his character Captain Sternn, an egomaniacal and amoral space adventurer best known for his appearance in the 1981 "Heavy Metal" movie where he faces "12 counts of first–degree murder, 14 counts of armed theft, 22 counts of piracy, 18 counts of fraud, 37 counts of rape, and one moving violation"—Buck Rogers meets Donald Trump basically.