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"(We Could Be) Diving for Pearls"

(?? pages)
Writer: Rick Veitch
Artist(s): Tom Yeates, Alfredo Alcala
Colorist: Tatjana Wood
Letterer: John Costanza
Editor: Karen Berger
Swamp Thing Created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson

Cover: Jon Totleben (painted,signed)


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The editorial column in this issue announces the 1987 ComicBook Buyer's Guide Fan Awards:
Favorite Writer:
Alan Moore
Favorite Comic: SWAMP THING
Favorite Letterer: John Costanza

Tatjana Wood got 3rd place for her coloring in SWAMP THING.

3:4 We've seen the hallucinogenic effects of these tubers in issue 34 and 43

5:1 The partial face seen on the far right resembles the Man-Thing from Marvel Comics.

6:2 Swamp Thing last visited the Green in issue ???.

7:2 That all happened in issues issue 53 - 63.

8:1 Link from 7:5 - "What have you done?"/"What shall I do?"

10:1 That's Abby's uncle Anton Arcane and the head of her father, Gregori Arcane.

11:1 Link from 10:4 - "mind playing tricks"/"mind has been tricked"

13:1 This is the first appearance of the spirit of the next Swamp be referred to as The Sprout.

14:1 Link from 13:5 - "kill it"/"kill myself"

14:5 Abby's husband Matt Cable has been deteriorating in a coma and was last seen in #63.
Also, the brand name on the tire, Alcala, is name of one of this issue's artists.

15:3 That's the Monkey King from issue 27.

18:5 He's right. That's the food she was thinking of on page 3.

21:2 "Bonce" is British slang for "head".

21:3 The "caper" John refers to is the DC Comics' storyline MILLENIUM, which crosses over to virtually every DC series. "Thousand years" = a millennium. Woodrue indeed plays a role in the central storyline.

21:5 He's referring to Superman. The classic 1950's TV series intro said Superman fought for "truth, justice and the American way."

23:1 Constantine told Swampy he could regrow bodies anywhere in the world in 37 and introduced him to the Parliament of Trees in 47 .

23:2 Woodrue made the discovery about Swampy's true nature in 21

24:6 Constantine uses one of the tubers in issue 67 and the other in issue ??.

COMMENT: This issue's title comes from a 1983 song by Elvis Costello about the UK's war in the Falkland Islands..

It's all we're skilled in 
We will be shipbuilding 
With all the will in the world 
Diving for dear life 
When we could be diving for pearls 

COMMENT: SWAMP THING ANNUAL 3 was published between this issue and SWAMP THING #66.

COMMENT: In 2004, DC Comics collected issues 65-70 in the trade book "Swamp Thing: Regenesis".

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