Flash Gordon John Totleben Steve Bissette

Flash Gordon – after Moore, Bissette & Totleben

Today’s Flash Gordon (June 7, 2015) originally appeared February 16, 2003.

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The third panel in the top row shows a progression of Flash’s scream as reflected in the creature’s eyes.


To give credit where credit is due, this echoes a scene from Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben’s classic “Anatomy Lesson” story from Swamp Thing #21 (February 1984).

In it, General Sunderland is confronted by the Swamp Thing after it has just discovered the truth of its origin – and its hopes of ever becoming human again have been dashed forever.


Notice the reflection in the metal spheres of the Newton’s cradle.


ad-lib That is the kind of stellar storytelling – that comic art excels in – that leapt out of the pages of Swamp Thing month after month in the mid-eighties. One of those high bars that never ceases to inspire.

If you haven’t yet read Moore, Bissette and Totleben’s Swamp Thing,
I recommend it highly. Here’s a link.