I’m a nasty piece of work, chief

Rereading Swamp Thing #32-#37 by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, John Totleben, Shawn McManus, Ron Randall and Rick Veitch.  Those bemoaning the parlous state of modern mainstream comics, an activity which has been popular for at least 40 years, sometimes point to the lack of new characters. Where are the Supermen and Batmen of the modern … Continue reading

On having no readers

I’m a month and a bit into this blog now, five weekly entries and four supplementary posts, and I have no readers. That’s not entirely true; I’ve had one reader, which frankly spooked me a little, and occasionally someone looks in while looking for something more useful. But otherwise the graph of posts viewed on … Continue reading

Friends and other strangers addendum

Deadman got a Andy Helfer mini-series and a couple with Kelley Jones on art. The Phantom Stranger got a mini-series in his old style, a Mark Millar-Grant Morrison proposal that was rejected, and a Vertigo one-shot. The Spectre got a couple of series, the second one pretty successful. The Demon did best of all: a … Continue reading

Friends and other strangers

Rereading The Saga of the Swamp Thing #29 – #31 & Annual #2 by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, John Totleben, Rick Veitch and Alfredo Alcala.  Comics used to be full of fill-ins. They were a tradition older than having a regular creative team; the Fordism of American comics meant that the characters were more important … Continue reading

The toys about the nursery

Rereading Saga of the Swamp Thing #25-#27 by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben.  There’s a wonderful line in Moore’s foreword to the original trade of The Saga of the Swamp Thing about the pleasure of working in a universe with “a rich and fertile mythic background with fascinating archetypal characters hanging around, waiting … Continue reading