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"My Blue Heaven"

(22 pages)
Writer: Alan Moore
Artists: Rick Veitch, Alfredo Alcala
Colorist: Tatjana Wood
Letterer: John Costanza
Editor: Karen Berger
Swamp Thing Created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson

Cover: Steve Bissette (signed)


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This issue's title comes from the song by Fats Domino. Click to listen.
Whatever Happened to Cain and Abel?

In the month that this issue was published, Cain and Abel appeared in the final issue (#11) of ELVIRA'S HOUSE OF MYSTERY. They had difficulty remembering their appearances in SWAMP THING.

Original cover sketch by Bissette

1:2 Agents of the DDI used a weapon (designed by Lex Luthor) to try to kill Swamp Thing in issue #53, and Swampy was presumed dead, and hasn't been seen since then.

8:5 The imitation Abby poses like Botticelli's painting of Venus.

9:4 The imitation Abby talks with the same cadence as Swamp Thing...written with...elipses.

14:3 Swamp Thing's consciousness was based on the late Alec Holland who died in a chemical explosion in the swamp. Holland's wife, Linda, also died in the explosion. Swamp Thing thought he himself was Holland for many years, and still uses Holland's name.

14:4 Matt Cable, Abby's husband, was a supporting character in SWAMP THING. He was an investigator who pursued Swampy. Cable went into a permanent coma in Annual 2.

16:1 The window ad "We Give Blue Stamps" refers to the "S&H Green Stamps" which were given away at supermarkets in the United States from the 1930s until the late 1980s. The stamps could be redeemed for prizes.

16:2 The poster advertises "The Blue Lagoon", a 1980 film starring Brooke Shields.

16:4 The sign advertises the insurance company "Blue Cross/Blue Shield".

22:4 "Blue Valentines" was the title of a 1978 song by Tom Waits. A Waits song was referenced at the end of issue 26.

22:5 MYSTERY IN SPACE was the title of a comic book which began in 1951, later starring Adam Strange.

COMMENT: The planet in this issue appears again (with issue #67's guest-star, Solomon Grundy, on it!) in STARMAN #48-49, written by James Robinson and David Goyer (1998). Art at left by Yeowell & Keith Champagne.

COMMENT: The front inside cover (usually reserved for advertisements) of the original printing of this issue featured a black and white full page illustration of a "Death Certificate" for the ST. (Click image at right to enlarge.)

COMMENT: In 2002, DC Comics collected issues 51-56 in the trade book "Swamp Thing: Earth to Earth".

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