The frost is on the pumpkin

Rereading Swamp Thing #67-#76 by Rick Veitch and Alfredo Alcala. There are all kinds of dichotomies in comics. The DC-Marvel split is one of them, with every fan of the mainstream leaning to one side or another. The mainstream-independent split is another: we’re a long way from the 80s, when superheroes were on the shelves at … Continue reading

The dreaming gorilla

Rereading Swamp Thing #65-#66 and Annual #3 by Rick Veitch, Alfredo Alcala, and Tom Yeates.  There’s an episode of The Brave and the Bold, the Paul Dini animated series, where Batman, Detective Chimp, B’wana Beast and Vixen team up against an all-ape alliance of Gorilla Grodd, the Mod Gorilla Boss of Gotham City, and the … Continue reading

Great-black-outside-that-is-everything

Rereading Swamp Thing #56-#64 by Alan Moore, Rick Veitch, Alfredo Alcala, John Totleben, Tom Yeates, and Steve Bissette.  Alan Moore’s writing is so good, it makes you feel cheap. It should be clear by now that I’m an admirer of the hirsute one; indeed, his work is one of the few passions that’s stayed with me … Continue reading

The fruits of my retribution

Rereading Swamp Thing #51-#56 by Alan Moore, Rick Veitch, Alfredo Alcala and John Totleben.  So Swamp Thing’s in Gotham City, rightfully aggrieved by a wrongful imprisonment, with a government agency after him, and Batman’s there fighting injustice, and the city’s getting overrun by plants, turned into a wilderness. Swamp Thing #53? No, ten years earlier. … Continue reading

Divined from the entrails of America

Rereading Swamp Thing #38-#50 by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, John Totleben, Stan Woch, Ron Randall and Alfredo Alcala. Vampires, werewolves, zombies, serial killers, ghosts; let’s have a new look at all those old clichés. Let’s bring them up to date, breathe fresh life into them, take a sideways look at creaky silent-movie monsters and put them … Continue reading