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Anton Arcane

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All of Arcane's powers are sorcerous in nature. He has the ability to raise the dead to a semblance of life.

Arcane is an evil sorcerer/scientist who creates a group of monsters that he dubs the Un-Men. One of his creations is the Patchwork Man, a creature intentionally similar to Frankenstein's monster; the Patchwork Man had once been Anton's own brother, Gregori.

Arcane is obsessed with the swamp creature called Swamp Thing. He takes control of Swamp Thing's body, but is defeated and falls out of a window to his apparent death. He survives, though his injuries are so severe that he orders a few of his Un-Men build him a new body. He then attacks Swamp Thing twice more before truly dying, after which his soul goes to Hell.

Arcane's soul later escapes from Hell, and takes over the body of Matt Cable, who has been married to Gregori Arcane's daughter Abby. Arcane combines his own magic with Cable's inherent psychic powers to battle the Swamp Thing, but is instead exorcised directly back to Hell. Cable later becomes comatose and dies, whereupon he becomes Matthew, a raven living within The Dreaming.

Arcane next appears as a demon, having been promoted to this status by the Lords of Hell. He attacks Swamp Thing yet again, only to be defeated. In a later episode, Arcane temporarily repents his evil ways after having briefly found God, who eventually banishes him back to Hell. Arcane is tortured by the demon Josephine, whom he seduces into helping him escape. Swamp Thing defeats the two demons, causing their forms to morph together, and when last seen, it is revealed that the Arcane/Josephine being is pregnant.


First Appearance: Swamp Thing (1972) #1

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Issue Appearances:
DC Comics Classics Library (2009)
DC Sampler (1983)
Die großen Phantastic-Comics (1980)
Hellblazer (1988)
House of Secrets (1956)
Lo Mejor de Vertigo (2005)
Rämeen olento (2010)
Secret of the Swamp Thing (2005)
Swamp Thing (1972)
Swamp Thing (1985)
Swamp Thing (1987)
Swamp Thing (2004)
Swamp Thing - Das Ding aus den Sümpfen (1990)
Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Omnibus (2017)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
The Saga of Swamp Thing (1982)
The Vertigo Encyclopedia (2008)
Vertigo Secret Files and Origins: Swamp Thing (2000)
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)

Movie Appearances:
Swamp Thing (1982)
The Return of Swamp Thing (1989)

Video Game Appearances:
Swamp Thing (1992)

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