Alan Moore’s “Swamp Thing”

As a kid I had a weird affinity for comic books about strange swamp creatures. I don’t think I was ever lucky enough to own any copies of Marvel’s Man-Thing or DC’s Swamp Thing, but I absorbed every issue I happened upon elsewhere.

Recently I was reminded that Alan Moore wrote for Swamp Thing for a while in the mid-’80s, and that it had been pretty well-acclaimed. So I located those comics online and obtained them.

The acclaim is deserved. In fact, “well-acclaimed” is an understatement. It’s generally agreed that Moore took a minor comic character and changed modern comics. It’s true, I could see it happening. Things get serious, fast. These issues were written for adults: they’re philosophical, topical, violent, and sexual. You can see the influence it must have had on modern comics. Moore and the artists that illustrated his stories created something deeper, moodier, and more thought-provoking than anyone could have expected out of what had been a failing comic franchise.

If you like comics and get a chance to read Swamp Thing issues #21 to #64, take it.


2 Responses to “Alan Moore’s “Swamp Thing””

  1. November 16, 2010 at 3:58 am

    There are so many layers to Moore’s work. To find out about more of the subtle references in his Swamp Thing, read the Annotations at http://www.tinyurl.com/readswampthing

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