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1. Even though comics turned toward more dense subject matter and darker topical material, what major problem does Campbell say still plagued comics in the 1960s?

In the late sixties, comics turned toward more intelligent, pertinent themes and grew darker, however, they were still plagued by a major problem. Comics in the 1960s were still written poorly, their dialogue was too melodramatic, and the plots were too obvious. They could be compared to soap operas but in comic form.

2. Name three devices Alan Moore employs that make him a good storyteller according to Ramsey Campbell.

Moore's comics are a definitive revision of 1960s work, and he manages to create much better stories. Three devices Alan Moore uses to create good stories are well-written dialogue, clear and succinct storytelling and excellent pacing.

3. What special significance does Campbell say Moore imbues to the Floronic Man?

The Floronic Man is an excellent foil of Swamp Thing. Though they both stem from vegetation, Swamp Thing has a more humane approach to life. Moore gives the Floronic Man the special significance of operating as the darker, edgier side of Swamp Thing's kind, human-like consciousness.

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