In the 1980s, DC Comics’ Swamp Thing title set the standard for creative risk-taking in comics, with stories that dealt provocatively with the environment, racism, and sex. But in 1989, writer Rick Veitch discovered the limits of corporate permissiveness when he penned a tale in which the heroic mound of moss traveled back in time to hang with Jesus. DC Comics was actually game … until they saw Veitch’s cover, depicting Swampie contorted in the shape of Christ’s cross. Veitch’s editors demanded a new story. Instead, he quit, and Swamp Thing No. 88 passed into legend. Both sides would ultimately forgive and forget; in fact, DC began reprinting Veitch’s acclaimed yarns in October. But while the scribe would love to retool the story and finish his saga, DC says a creative resurrection isn’t in the works.
Posted December 3 2004 — 12:00 AM EST
- 'The Mummy': Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis pose for set photo
- 'Fast and Furious' cast congratulates Vin Diesel on Facebook milestone
- 'Teen Wolf' star Tyler Posey apologizes for 'Gay Street' Snapchat
- 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child': Go inside the opening gala
- J.K. Rowling meets 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' cast in photo
- 'Fast and Furious 8': Dwayne Johnson dives for cover in new set video
- Kanye West on Apple's talks with Tidal: 'Let the kids have the music'