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Gregori Arcane, the brother of Anton Arcane, was the Patchwork Man, an enemy of Swamp Thing.

Gregori Arcane was a businessman living in the Balkan mountain region of Eastern Europe, where he raised his daughter Abigail as best he could. But he became the target of neighbors who considered him an unfit father. One day they took away his daughter, and Gregori wandered into a minefield leftover from World War II while searching for her. Gregori's mad scientist brother Anton Arcane gathered up the pieces of Gregori's body and sewed them back together. Through sorcery, Gregori was resurrected as the misshapen Patchwork Man. For years, Gregori was imprisoned in Anton's dungeons until he was inadvertently freed by the Swamp Thing, and sought out for his daughter, now an adult. Ultimately, Gregori sadly could not bear to allow Abigail to see his hideous form and remained in exile until he was reunited with his daughter and rendered into pieces caused by a severe storm.[1]


Superhuman Strength: The Patchwork Man possessed superhuman strength and stamina, the exact limits of which remain unknown.

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • The origin of the Patchwork Man was revealed in Swamp Thing (Volume 1) #3.
  • The concept of the Patwork Man borrows heavily from the story of Frankenstein, first written in 1818 by Mary Shelley. Shelly's creation was also re-imagined by DC Comics as the character known as the Spawn of Frankenstein. Aside from conceptual similarities, there is no connection between the Spawn of Frankenstein and the Patchwork Man.



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