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"Another Green World"

(23 pages)
Writer: Alan Moore
Artist(s): Steve Bissette and John Totleben
Colorist: Tatjana Wood
Letterer: John Costanza
Editor: Len Wein
Swamp Thing Created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson

Cover: Tom Yeates (signed)


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Artist Steve Bissette commented via his website about the trade paperback reprints: "I must say the reproduction on these reprint volumes takes a toll on John's lavish inks. They never looked better than they did in the original printings, I'm afraid."

4:2 The Jolly Green Giant is the trademark of Green Giant brand vegetables.

4:3 Stuey is wearing an Iron Maiden t-shirt. Iron Maiden was a heavy metal rock band. His belt buckle says "Ozzy", referring to heavy-metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne.

7:5 Matt Cable is the man who drank.

Woodrue filed Sunderland's report in issue 21.

11:1 I could not find any info about a real town called Lacroix in Louisiana.

18:6 The Justice League of America is a team of Earth's mightiest heroes.

19:3 Paraquat is a plant-killing chemical.

23:1 Compare this panel with Totleben's painted cover (pictured at left) of the 1987 printing of DC Comics trade book "Saga of the Swamp Thing" which collects issues #21-27.

Comment: "Another Green World" is also the title of a 1975 album (pictured at right) by experimental musician Brian Eno. In an interview for THE COMICS JOURNAL #93, author Alan Moore said "I suppose a major influence would have to be musician Brian Eno; just in the precise and mechanical way he approaches the idea of creativity. I've been able to find a vast amount of inspiration to how I structure my own work." In 2005, Moore interviewed Eno on the BBC radio programme Chain Reaction. Moore has publicly expressed his appreciation (for example, in an interview with FanBoy Radio) for Eno's Oblique Strategies - a method for stimulating creative thinking.

COMMENT: In 1987, DC Comics collected/reprinted issues 21-27 in a trade book titled "Saga of the Swamp Thing". In 2009, the stories were collected again, along with issue 20, in a trade book titled "Saga of the Swamp Thing, Vol.1". The back cover of that edition displays the dialog from the first page of issue 23 ("There is a red and angry world..") This was the first time that issue issue #20 was reprinted in the United States, but the caption on the final page of issue #24 was left out!

COMMENT: This issue was reprinted in black & white as ESSENTIAL VERTIGO: SWAMP THING #3 November 1996.

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