“S” Is For …
… The Saga of the Swamp Thing! (1982)
After wandering in the alphabet wilderness these past several days, we are back at last to some hard choices. The letter, “S” might as well be for “slaughterhouse” when you look at the good books that I have to step over to select Saga of the Swamp Thing.
Hard choices, here, but I am content. Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing added decades to my life as a comics reader and fan. If Moore hadn’t turned my head inside-out with “Anatomy Lesson” I might well have drifted away from comics for good. Instead, Moore showed how to reinvent a character in a way that reinvigorated not just one series, but an entire publisher. DC was absolutely the place to be in the mid-1980s, and I still wonder how things might have turned out if DC didn’t run Alan Moore out of town, and conclude from the success of The Dark Knight Returns that every damn book should be grim and gritty.
But I digress.
Swamp Thing is special enough that he makes this list twice, both in the form of Moore’s paradigm-shifting interpretation, and in the original Lein and Wrightson version listed in my long roll call of honorable mentions, below. Which “S” title is your favorite! Let me know!
- The Savage Sword of Conan (1974)
- Silver Surfer (1968)
- Son of Satan (1975)
- Squadron Supreme (1985)
- Star Wars (1977)
- Strange Tales (1951)
- Super-Villain Team-Up (1975)
- Sensation Comics (1942)
- Starfire (1976)
- Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (1977)
- Superman (1939)
- Swamp Thing (1972)
- The Spirit (1940)
- Saga (2012)
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