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AARGH! coverAARGH! RESIST! A Retrospective and a Prelude

In my four-part article Not By Something As Accidental as Blood: Bash Back, my research into Lawrence Gullo, Fyodor Pavlov, and Kelsey Hercs’ work took me to places I hadn’t gone before while, in other… [more]

Elongated-ManSend in the Third String: An Argument for the Importance of Less Popular Superheroes

It is difficult to choose your favorite superhero. Most fans of any universe or mythology will immediately select the one that is the most well known or frequently seen in comparison to those that are… [more]

Picture TwoTyrant Questions and Answers with Steve Bissette

Previously we looked at Tyrant’s letter pages, issue one, issue two, issue three, and issue four. Steve Bissette’s Tyrant leaves us with more questions than it does answers. The series came to a crashing conclusion with… [more]

picture001Tyrant Issue Four: Dreams and Bones

Previously we looked at Steve Bissette’s most experimental issue of Tyrant. The final published issue of Tyrant opens with yet another spectacular nature drawing. Steve Bissette draws the rocky remains of a riverbed, a trickle of… [more]

1Tyrant Issue Three: The Egg

The third issue of Steve Bissette’s Tyrant is devoid of any title, which is odd. Every other issue opened with a strong title page. Perhaps Bissette wanted to distance this issue from the others, as it… [more]

1Tyrant Issue Two: Blood and Berries

The second issue of Tyrant starts on a more introspective note than the first. Steve Bissette opens the story with a quote from Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Vertigo: Somewhere in here I was born, and there I… [more]

1Tyrant Issue One: Knock Knock

The first issue of Tyrant, Steve Bissette’s short lived fictional biography of a T-Rex, came out in September of 1994. The series was published by Bissette’s own company, SpiderBaby Grafix. The story lasts 21 pages,… [more]

1Introducing Steve Bissette’s Tyrant: The Letter Pages

Steve Bissette’s Tyrant should have been a classic. His phenomenal art, solid writing and fascinating concept might well have led to what comic critics would have cited as essential reading. Circumstances, however, prevented this. The… [more]

ST39b“Fish Story” and “The Curse”: Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing Issues #39 and #40

Swamp Thing #39 “Fish Story” Cover date: August 1985. Writer: Alan Moore. Artists: Stephen Bissette and John Totleben. Editor: Karen Berger. Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Letterer: John Costanza.

24c“Roots”: Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, Issue #24

Saga of the Swamp Thing #24: “Roots” Cover date: May 1984. Writer: Alan Moore. Artists: Steve Bissette and John Totleben. Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Letterer: John Costanza. Cover: Tom Yeates. Editor: Len Wein.

Swamp_Thing_Vol_2_23“Another Green World”: Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, Issue #23

Saga of the Swamp Thing #23: ”Another Green World” Cover date: April 1984. Writer: Alan Moore. Artists: Steve Bissette and John Totleben. Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Letterer: John Costanza. Cover: Tom Yeates. Editor: Len Wein.

21a“The Anatomy Lesson”: Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, Issue #21

Saga of the Swamp Thing #21: “The Anatomy Lesson” Cover date: February 1984. Writer: Alan Moore. Artists: Steve Bissette and John Totleben (co-penciled by Rick Veitch). Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Letterer: John Costanza. Cover: Tom Yeates.… [more]

image 5Meet the Magus, Part 4: Phantasmagoria and the Occult in Saga of the Swamp Thing

The most pertinent question to ask of ourselves at the outset of discussing fictional works by Moore that deal in some way with magic or even the occult is “what is the difference between a… [more]

Image 7jMeet the Magus, Part 3: The Deep Green, Jack of the Green, and the Swamp Thing

Ten years before Alan Moore informed friends and family that he would be pursuing the path of a practicing magician, he began working for the megalithic American comics company DC on the production of The… [more]