can the reference desk find me scans or hard copies of the July 10, 1989 Time magazine issue article about Swamp Thing meeting Jesus and how the issue got pulled? I've been looking for a clear copy or scan for years without much success at my local library branch... same for the June 26, 1989 article "A Slimy Monster Hobnobs in Heaven, but Not Holy Land" from the Wall Street Journal, and perhaps a Rolling Stone article I recall from the same general time period... I'm trying to assemble something and these type of articles, preferably scans of the printed pages with whatever art was attached would really be a huge help
1989 is what the problem is here. Quoth the WSJ:
He has rubbed elbows with Adolf Hitler, chatted with King Arthur and dickered with Merlin.
But can he meet Jesus Christ? DC Comics says no.
DC Comics, publisher of the "Swamp Thing" adult comic-book series, has decreed that Swamp Thing adventure No. 88 will never go to press. Readers will never see the story of Jesus meeting Swamp Thing nor will they see Swampy, as he's affectionately called, mutate himself into a living cross or watch as he hands the Holy Grail to Christ.
I was able to get that full article through the marvelous Galileo databases here in Georgia, found in schools and libraries. The short Time article can be read in full on their own site (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,958102,00.html). I didn't find anything in Rolling Stone though. However, the trick is that I can get you all these words with no problem. ProQuest and other databases can get you html text and pdf scans of a lot of periodicals, but not going back that far. This is microfilm territory. You can order a reprint from Time, but their "what do you want it for?" options do not include personal use, and they want a whole lot of money.
My suggestion is requesting an interlibrary loan through your local library. Even though there's no book to borrow, you can ask another library to photocopy or print out a microfilm page of the original Time and WSJ page and mail it to see what it looked like (though I doubt the WSJ had any artwork). Yes, you'd probably just get a slightly rough black and white image, but that's what's readily possible and probably free. To go further a visit to the nearest university or big central downtown city library may at least find those microfilms on hand.