Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Decent Comics: "The Mirror Monster" by Conway and Redondo

Check it out, Groove-ophiles! A lot of folks think that "relevant" comics died out in 1971-72, but comicbooks have always had a social conscious, and that desire for righting social wrongs was alive and well in September 1975 when DC, Gerry Conway, and Nestor Redondo released "The Mirror Monster" in Swamp Thing #20...
Cover art by Ernie Chan


  1. It's interesting to note that all the seeds of Alan Moore's later run are in these issues. From growing another body from a discarded part, through to the possibility that Alec Holland may be dead, and the Swamp Thing something else altogether, and even supporting characters like Abby.

    1. I never cared for Alan Moore's take on the Swamp Thing. In fact I've never cared for Alan Moore's take on anything. He's one of those people, like Neil Gaiman, that achieved a reputation as an artiste that I never understood. Once labeled, everything he did was supposed to be so profound and deep. I'll take the more traditional approach of a Len Wein, Marv Wolfman or Roy Thomas any day.

  2. DC was really hurting by this point, and forced its artists to draw the last page of the story at half size and to receive HALF PAY for it! Notice how simplified it all is, and how strange looking Abby is in panel three. Even as a 12 year old at the time I knew something was amiss. And Gerry Conway was just taking his clone story from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #149 and retreading it here.


    Chris A.



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