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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 285

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at the issue where Swamp Thing and Abby have sex…

Choosing A moment from this story is extremely difficult, as Stephen Bissette and John Totleben go absolutely NUTS with their artwork in this issue – beautiful double page spreads up the wazoo. I’ll try to give you a sample just to give the idea – the idea itself, I suppose, is “the” moment…

The story (in Swamp Thing #34, written by Alan Moore and drawn by Stephen Bissette and John Totleben) begins with Abby telling Swamp Thing she loves him…

(Obviously, click on the double page spreads to enlarge them)

Okay, once we’ve begun, here’s one of the sample double page spreads (there are a few of them)…

Simply a brilliant issue by Moore, and WOW, what a visually stunning work by Bissette and Totleben…


5th panel really looks great. 6th as well. I like the way they arranged the panels.

I think my fern is blushing. You should warn people not to read this one in a greenhouse, man. Geez.

The Crazed Spruce

October 13, 2009 at 3:12 am

I remember reading this story in one of those “Year’s Best Comic Stories” digests that DC published every year in the early 80’s. Blew my 11-year-old mind, let me tell you….

That’s where I first read it, too. I still have no idea why the story had people talking about censure at the time. This was not your average fictional sex scene. It’s a perfectly beautiful sequence of events, culminating in a mystical union of souls.

ithat scene blew my mind for was so freaked out when swampy and Abby decided they had held off revealing their feelings long enough and came clean and acted on them. though how they wound up later on conceiving tefe that is a more interesting though creepy moment

WOW, that’s great design. I can truly see now why people always bring this series up. Be honest: when you hear the words “swamp thing” and “great” in the same sentence and you haven’t read it, you would be in disbelief too!

Tom Fitzpatrick

October 13, 2009 at 7:11 am

An truly unforgettable issue that has withstood the tests of time. Maybe Promethea #10 has come close to the same level of Swamp Thing # 34, but not quite surpassing it.

Swamp Thing # 34 was about love and sex, and Promethea # 10 was about sex and magic. Different approaches and artists, but both issues were beautifically drawn.

Shame on you Brian…you missed THE moment at the last page of the issue….Since you might not publish it, I’ll tell everyone…after Abby recovers…she asks Swampy…(paraphrase)…”Does this mean we’re going steady?”….Amazing, just amazing….

Nice file name.

I was wondering when we’d see a Swamp Thing> Personally, I was hoping for the scene where the Swamp Thing decides to un-root himself “If all else fails, call a friend.” but this was great too.

I was going to suggest this section, if just for the brilliant way that the creators can coerce the readers to turn the comic sideways, and bring it back at the end. Moore and company used the medium in such awesome ways. I also like the scene in hell wherein The Demon kicks Arcane’s head between the borders of higher up panels.

i think that the moment is where Swampy responds to Abby’s question, “How could you love me?” and his response is just like any man who has waited for his love of life.
Of course, her other question “You wanted to do this as, like, a symbolic thing?” and Swampy’s response is pretty great too.

Awesome moment. My personal favorite Swamp Thing moment might be from the “My Blue Heaven” issue…or maybe it’s when Matt Cable tries to reach for Abby’s sould…or maybe when he builds his body out of redwoods to fight Batman…or maybe….

You catch my drift. Such a great work of art.

Well, it’s definitely interesting. Still kind of gross, but interesting. And the framing of the artwork is very impressive.


January 1, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Ironically, she ate him out…

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