Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist. This week, since Halloween's almost here, we're looking at Alan Moore's Swamp Thing, with Stephen Bissette and John Totleben.
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Last week it was revealed that the 27 pages of missing Denys Cowan comic art, believed by some to have been stolen, was finally returned to the artist. A short time later, Stephen Bissette -- the artist best known for his seminal work with Alan Moore and John Totleben on Saga of the Swamp Thing -- obliquely connected the Cowan news to an anecdote of his and Totleben's own, concerning Swamp Thing pages that had gone missing from the offices of DC Comics 30 years ago. Bissette posted about the story on Facebook, and when pressed for more information, stated that he and Cowan once had a conversation about the missing Swamp Thing work, and that Cowan implied he was aware of who had stolen the art. According to Bissette, when he and Totleben asked him to reveal who was behind the purported theft, Cowan refused.
Cowan was made aware of the accusations, and calls them baseless, stating in no uncertain terms that no such conversation between the creators about missing Swamp Thing art ever took place. Further, Cowan accused Bissette of slander, and suggested that, should Bissette's claims continue, he may take legal action.
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^ "The scripture produced by a subordinate god in order to communicate with a demon"
% "Mirrors and copulation are abominable"
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* % ¢ 2000 A.D. #1756