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"The Burial"

(23 pages)
Writer: Alan Moore
Artist(s): Shawn McManus
Colorist: Tatjana Wood
Letterer: John Costanza
Editor: Karen Berger
Swamp Thing Created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson

Cover: Steve Bissette and John Totleben


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This issue is the first time that the Swamp Thing's body is shown to change in harmony with the surrounding environment. This effect is seen in more dramatic fashion in issue 48 and even more so during ST's journey through outer space in 56-62.

3:5 Handwriting stuff??? Is she referring to the pictures the children were drawing in issue #25? Paul Evans thinks it was a typo and supposed to say "handwringing", because Abby was overly worried.

4:3 Abby refers to the previous issue.

4:5 The reason for the flies will become apparent in the next issue.

4:6 The Glasshouse Effect is another name for the Greenhouse Effect, which is the planet's retention of heat due to the accumulation of gases within the atmosphere. Since the 1980s, Global Warming has become a "hotter" topic than the Greenhouse Effect itself.

COMMENT: In the same month that this issue was originally published, DC SAMPLER #2 was distributed. The free book contained advertisements for current and upcoming comics. Issue #2 included Alan Moore's classic prose piece with an evocative Bissette/Totleben swamp drawing. (Pictured at left) The picture and words were reprinted on the back cover of trade book titled "Saga of the Swamp Thing", collecting issues #21-27. A longer version of the text was used in the "Meanwhile..." editorial column of DC comic books in the month in which this issue was published.

COMMENT: In this issue we can see what ST looked like before Alan Moore began writing the series. In the book Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman, page 217, Bissette wrote:

He had already evolved his own take on the muck monster, delineated in stirring brush-and-ink renditions of the sorrow-eyed Swampy looking up from the mire,....

COMMENT: This issue faithfully retells ST's origin from SWAMP THING (Vol.1) #1 "Dark Genesis!" by Len Wein in 1972 (pictured at right.)

COMMENT: In 1990, DC Comics collected/reprinted issues 28-34 and SWAMP THING ANNUAL #2 in a book titled "Swamp Thing: Love and Death".

COMMENT: This issue was reprinted in black & white as ESSENTIAL VERTIGO: SWAMP THING #8 June 1997.

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