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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later. Support Elizabeth on Patreon.


  1. Ice
    November 12, 2014 @ 5:28 am

    I forget now, did you cover Lex Luthor's cameo much before or is this his first mention? As far as I've read, that's a pretty important scene as it's the an early example (or the earliest example) and 'trope namer' for the "Cut Lex Luthor A Check" trope. All of these various mad scientists and evil doers could have so much more success if they just pointed their evil genius in a different direction.

    In this case, Luthor gets a check for millions of dollars for ten minutes of consulting work on how to kill the seemingly unkillable Swamp Thing.

    This seems like a really good example of how influential Moore can be, while seemingly writing casual re imaginings of some of these old characters.


  2. Aylwin
    November 12, 2014 @ 8:04 am

    Trope namer it may be, but it's a rubbish example. Consultancy work on how to kill a superhero is hardly a serious break from the supervillain business model.


  3. Ice
    November 12, 2014 @ 8:17 am

    I think I'd disagree with you. Based on my (admittedly limited) knowledge of Silver Age Lex Luthor, this is a good example of the success he could have had but didn't, because he spent all of his time trying to kill Superman instead of successfully being a totally evil dude.


  4. Ice
    November 12, 2014 @ 8:20 am

    *Trying and failing to kill Superman, I mean to say.


  5. C.
    November 12, 2014 @ 8:31 am

    the start of one of my favorite stretches of Moore's "Swamp Thing." The Liz/Dennis story is true "domestic" horror, with far more resonance than the zombies and werewolves of the strained American Gothic stories. "Flowers of Romance" is taken either/both from a UK punk band whose members included Sid Vicious & Viv Albertine, and a PiL album from '81


  6. Sean Daugherty
    November 12, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

    It's not actually clear if this is the Silver Age Lex Luthor, though. Swamp Thing #52 came out the same month as "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?", and based on Luthor's portrayal herein, a number of people have suggested that it's actually the post-John Byrne, mogul version of Luthor. Even if not, it's certainly more in keeping with that depiction than the classic Silver Age mad scientist portrayal.


  7. Daibhid C
    November 13, 2014 @ 3:09 am

    Confusion over which version of DC continuity we're in, and the number 52? The portents are clear…


  8. Daru
    February 19, 2015 @ 4:33 am

    "The Garden of Earthly Delights becomes a work not so much about rejecting materialism as it is about rejecting the trappings of human society in favor of the vast world of nature."



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