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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.

The cover is gorgeous, and one of the first where they made Swampy pretty, as you can see if you click on the thumb.

Abigail Cable and Alec Holland the Swamp Thing have been bestest friends for a long time. Abby's husband, Matt, and her have been drifting apart for almost as long, culminating in his allowing himself to be possessed by the spirit of her insane uncle Anton Arcane. The incident ends with Matt in a coma with little brain activity. Abby visits him in the hospital, struck by how dead he seems despite the riot of spring all around her. The doctor encourages her to move on with her life.

She broaches the subject with Swamp Thing, who agrees with the doctor. Beautiful women have no business not being in a relationship...grrr /feminist. Abigail confesses her love to Swampy. They hem and haw, uncertain what to do next, considering their physical differences. They try a kiss. It is not unpleasant. He tastes of mild lime and its her favorite flavor.

She says sex isn't necessary for her. He says there should be some sort of communion and has an idea how to achieve that. He pulls one of the yam-like fruits out of himself and washes it.


Now please imagine that yam being Swamp Thing's penis. :D

After admitting some 'ew' feelings, Abby takes a bite. She claims it tastes like cardamom, which is a famous perfumed flavoring.

In the last panel, you can see Abigail's perception is starting to change. She sees everything in patterns of light sparklies. Swampy says he can see this way if he wants to, and she is sharing his perceptions. Abby's mind is blown.

At this point, the normal left-right up-down comic strip structure is tilted, and several pages follow depicted sideways, in Moore's stream-of-consciousness splash pages. The sexual imagery is more muted than Moore has previously done, but its definitely there.

Normal strip structure returns as Abby recovers from the trip.

Suggested tags: title: swamp thing, publisher: dc, creator: alan moore, creator: stephen bissette, creator: john totleben, char: swamp thing/alec holland

Date: 2010-01-01 06:31 am (UTC)
foxhack: (Default)
From: [personal profile] foxhack
Swamp Thing: DATE RAPIST.

(I'm kidding, of course.)

Date: 2010-01-01 07:26 am (UTC)
autumn_lily: jason todd (Default)
From: [personal profile] autumn_lily
Date rapist? Nay nay. Potential drug dealer? Perhaps...

Date: 2010-01-01 07:32 am (UTC)
foxhack: (Default)
From: [personal profile] foxhack
He gave her drugs without her knowing about it, and then had sex with her. Hence, date rapist. :P

(I am WELL AWARE that she did this of her own free will!)

Date: 2010-01-01 04:37 pm (UTC)
blake_reitz: (Default)
From: [personal profile] blake_reitz
More like Dates rapist! Ha!

Ok, that was terrible.

Date: 2010-01-01 06:40 pm (UTC)
autumn_lily: jason todd (Default)
From: [personal profile] autumn_lily
B-but, he's the only one who supplies the 'good' yams!

Date: 2010-01-01 07:46 am (UTC)
crinos: (Default)
From: [personal profile] crinos
Hey, being in control of all plant life on Earth means you're never without a steady supply of Pot (among other things).

Date: 2010-01-01 06:40 pm (UTC)
autumn_lily: jason todd (Default)
From: [personal profile] autumn_lily
Wouldn't that kinda mean he's smoking his cousin?

Date: 2010-01-01 09:50 am (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Potential drug dealer

That concept was explored in a later issue.

Date: 2010-01-01 06:41 pm (UTC)
autumn_lily: jason todd (Default)
From: [personal profile] autumn_lily
Cool. So, did he bank on the idea?

Date: 2010-01-01 06:44 pm (UTC)
foxhack: (Default)
From: [personal profile] foxhack
And in an issue of Constantine, if I recall correctly.

Date: 2010-01-01 06:47 pm (UTC)
foxhack: (Default)
From: [personal profile] foxhack
In fact, lemme see if I have the issue somewhere or if I can locate scans of it. This DESERVES to be posted again.

Date: 2010-01-02 02:29 pm (UTC)
jlroberson: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jlroberson
You might be thinking of when the hippies dosed him, at the start of "Fear Machine."

Incidentally, the period when JC has to be a hippie went a long way toward turning him in my mind from an interesting character to a beloved one.

Date: 2010-01-05 04:59 am (UTC)
victory_or_death: (Default)
From: [personal profile] victory_or_death
And he calls her a retard somewhere along the way...

Date: 2010-01-01 08:43 am (UTC)
midnightvoyager: Just Middy (Deadpool o_O)
From: [personal profile] midnightvoyager
It's a... fruit? That's not the penis. He just gave her one of his ovaries.

...does that mean they just had lesbian sex?

Date: 2010-01-01 09:21 am (UTC)
akodo_rokku: (Default)
From: [personal profile] akodo_rokku
It's Alan Moore. Whatever you think it means, you're wrong.

Date: 2010-01-02 02:30 pm (UTC)
jlroberson: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jlroberson
I don't know what it means, but I bet I could sing it to a Yes album.

Date: 2010-01-01 10:50 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lysythe
There's the issue where he gives birth to himself.


Date: 2010-01-01 11:14 pm (UTC)
roguefankc: Leomon (Default)
From: [personal profile] roguefankc
It's a... fruit? That's not the penis. He just gave her one of his ovaries.

...does that mean they just had lesbian sex?


Only on scans_daily is this type of thinking that's considered the norm. =)

And I now vow to NEVER cook any yams in my life as long as I live.

Date: 2010-01-01 12:29 pm (UTC)
iskander: (Default)
From: [personal profile] iskander
Maybe she was supposed to insert it like a suppository ?

Date: 2010-01-01 05:39 pm (UTC)
mullon: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mullon
Oh, Moore and his crazy drug ideas.

Request fulfilled on New Years Day. That's got to be a good sign for the year. Thanks!

Date: 2012-01-15 12:28 pm (UTC)
benuben: (Default)
From: [personal profile] benuben
So far, this has to be my favorite comic book issue of all time.


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