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[personal profile] btravage2010-03-17 12:51 am

Putting Alan Moore's Swamp Thing in Context

Alan Moore is quite a popular writer these days with major motion pictures and all, so it's feasible fans of his graphic novels might want to check out Swamp Thing. Herein lies the problem: unlike something like V for Vendetta or Watchmen, Alan Moore's Swamp Thing run is not self contained. In fact the title of the first issue of Swamp Thing, "Loose Ends", reflects this. Earlier editions of the first TPB resolved this problem by simply not including issue, however this isn't a very good solution because some of these "loose ends" return latter in the run. Seeing as the issues leading up to Moore's run were never collected, I think it's fair to post them here.
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[personal profile] lamashtar2010-01-01 12:43 am

Sex with Vegetables that's completely Work Safe!



The request that started this. 7 pages from the 23 page Swamp Thing 34, volume two. 'Rite of Spring' by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, and John Totleben.

I believe this issue is best read with the live version of 'In-a-godda-da-vida' playing in a different tab. The live version is 20 minutes, just hit to Part 2 and Part 3 as each clip ends. If you prefer the more sedate and contemplative 17 minute studio version, try part 1 then here for the rest.
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Suggested tags: title: swamp thing, publisher: dc, creator: alan moore, creator: stephen bissette, creator: john totleben, char: swamp thing/alec holland

Gotham City Sirens, Who They Are and How They Came To Be, Part 1: Poison Ivy

With the upcoming series starring Gotham's three most prominant bad girls, I figured I'd spotlight each of them in current DCU continuity, their origins, motivations, what they have in common and what sets them apart. We'll start with everyone's favorite psychotic eco-terrorist, Dr. Pamela Isley, aka Poison Ivy.



Poison Ivy was introduced during the Silver Age, and was typical of the gimmick villains of the time. Her original origin was she was a botanist who assisted Marc LeGrande in stealing ancient Egyptian poisonous herbs. He attempted to kill her with them, but she survived and discovered she was immune to all poisons and diseases. She was a femme fatale with a plant theme.

After Crisis of Infinite Earths, many characters and series had their continuity rebooted or revamped. In Ivy's case, the revamping for the new era was done by a then up and coming writer named Neil Gaiman.

Needless to say, the result was a more complex, not to mention much darker, Poison Ivy.

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