After the Wes Craven movie was released and the Swamp Thing comics failed to catch on, DC decided to place a young Alan Moore on the fledgling title, not expecting the book to even last another year. What followed was a groundbreaking run on the book that not only changed the character, but comics themselves.

Alan Moore stripped fans of every preconceived notion that they had for the title, and drastically changed the mythology of Swamp Thing. No longer was he a bland scientist turned monster thanks to a horrific accident; instead, Moore turned Swamp Thing into the physical embodiment of nature and opened the door for more socially conscious stories. And this second installment of Moore's run, appearing in The Saga of Swamp Thing #21, is still one of the first mainstream comics not to be afraid to add beauty and intelligence to the medium.