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John E Boylan

Graphic Designer, Fresh Produce in Sioux Falls

Swamp Thing: Collecting for a World Record


John Boylan is an illustrator and graphic designer at Fresh Produce. He is a lifelong comic book enthusiast and has been a collector for most of his life. John finds great pleasure in researching, hunting and cataloging his findings. His collection and catalog of all things Swamp Thing is recognized as a valuable reference tool. Over the past year, Swamp Thing fans from around the world have reached out to John regarding his online catalog at


Boylan’s entire collection of over 800 items—books, memorabilia, toys, and more—will be on display from 1:00PM to 5:00PM at the Sioux Falls Design Center in Downtown Sioux Falls. The collection will be authenticated by legendary comic book artist and creator Phil Hester (Marvel, DC, and more), local purveyor of all things collectible John Nordstrom (Rainbow Sports Cards and Comics) and Sioux Falls business owner and comic enthusiast Andy Howes (Howes Oil, Local Zip). Boylan promises the event will be “a celebration of fandom, fanaticism, and all things Swampy.”

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