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June 2, 2012

Comics I Read In Series Form In The 1980s: Yummy Fur


Chester Brown's Yummy Fur is one of the few comic books that I remember equally as 1980s and 1990s offerings. The 1990s version was one of the smartest and most regularly rewarding comics out there -- a consistent, inventive surprise. The 1980s version, driven by the "Ed The Happy Clown" serials, was a viciously compelling, have-to-see-it comics work that engendered a relationship I haven't experienced with any comic in quite the same way since. I remember the summer of 1989 driving around Indianapolis with my friends Rob and Mark, dragging those poor guys to all sorts of strange shops that we'd never visited before down there (we were basically Comics Carnival kids, and I had those stops down to less than a quarter-hour of shopping) in the hopes that random issue of Brown's comic book had been part of that store's regular diet in the "order everything" era that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had brought to an end.

I loved the 1980s run of this series to an irrational degree and still do. I think they're pretty perfect.
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