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Whitted, Qiana J. "Of Slaves and Other Swamp Things: Black southern history as comic book horror." Comics and the U.S. South. Eds. Brannon Costello and Qiana J. Whitted. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2012. 187–213. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617030185.003.0008
BibTeX citation key: Whitted2012
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Keywords: "Bayou", "Swamp Thing", Ethnicity, History comics, Horror, Love. Jeremy, Moore. Alan, United Kingdom, USA
Creators: Costello, Whitted
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
Collection: Comics and the U.S. South
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DC Comics’ Swamp Thing series (1984–1987) underwent two major innovations courtesy of British comic book writer Alan Moore. First, Moore reconceptualized the character’s physiological structure as sentient plant matter to make him more versatile, mobile, and intellectually complex. Second, he fixed the character more firmly in space and time by establishing the comic’s setting in and around present-day Houma, Louisiana. Swamp Thing thus offers a more focused engagement with the history of the South and its landscape of horrors, including storylines that grapple with the region’s legacy of slavery. This chapter examines Moore’s depiction of the South and the manner in which Swamp Thing comments upon social and cultural histories of racial oppression. To illustrate a tale of vengeful slaves and unrepentant masters, it looks at two issues from the “American Gothic” story arc that adapt many of the formal and aesthetic qualities of early horror comics: “Southern Change” (#41) and “Strange Fruit” (#42). Finally, the chapter considers the serial comic Bayou by Jeremy Love and how it advances the themes of Moore’s postmodern slave narrative.
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