13:7 "Don't Look Now" was a creepy 1974 film. Artist Steve Bissette wrote in Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman that the director, Nicholas Roeg, is a favorite of his and Moore's. [WATCH VIDEO] The "Chaos" episode of Simon Pegg's comedy TV series SPACED includes a scene referring to Roeg's film, wherein a little figure in a red coat scurries through the background.
15:2 Dennis is having a flashback; not unusual for veterans of the VietNam war.
COMMENT: Steve Bisette gave an exclusive account of the tremendous effort which went into creating this issue in his March 30th and 31st and April 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th 2009 entries at his website. It's an interesting tale of deadlines, transitions and alliances. Check out the original page pencils there, and excerpts from Moore's script. Many of the letters sent between the creative team are archived at the Bissette Collection at HUIE Library at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
COMMENT: A number of minor characters appear for the only time in this issue and are called by name: Otis, Roy, Andy and Giuseppe. I was wondering if they could be named after friends of the writer/artists, but Moore's original script seems to indicate that the names of the soldiers who "killed" Swampy are random. Otis and Roy are the names of supporting characters on the old Andy Griffith Show, so that may be where they got the names. Paul Evans of the Alan Moore Transcription Project wonders if one name was inspired by Giuseppe Arcimbaldo, whose art is referenced in issue #23.
COMMENT: Liz Tremayne and her boyfriend Dennis Barclay (a former Sunderland employee) were scientists, supporting characters and friends of ST during Martin Pasko's tenure as writer.
COMMENT: In 2009, DC Comics collected/reprinted issues 20-27 in a hardcover book titled (again) "Saga of the Swamp Thing". This was the first time that issue 20 was reprinted in the United States, but the caption on the final page of issue #24 was left out!