February 9, 2014
FFF Results Post #366 -- Going Under
On Friday, CR
readers were asked to "Name Five Underground Comix Stories You Like." This is how they responded.
1. Doc Destiny by Kim Deitch
2. Greg Irons' Corporate Cancer
3. Hitler's Cocaine
4. The Fat Freddy's Cat story on the inside front cover of Freak Brothers
5. Whiteman Meets Bigfoot
1. Fritz the Cat in "Superstar" -- Robert Crumb
2. Cobalt 60 -- Vaughn Bode
3. Legion of Charlies -- Veitch & Irons
4. Panthea -- Trina Robbins
5. Snappy Sammy Smoot gets his tv shot up -- Skip Williamson
* Frank Stack, "Jesus Goes to the Movies," The New Adventures of Jesus
* Justin Green, "Th' Kiss-Off," Bijou 6
* Willy Murphy, "A Uniquely Complete Experience,” Arcade 4
* Gilbert Shelton, "Wonder Blows an Easy One,” Zap 3
* R. Crumb, "That’s Life," Arcade 3
* R. Crumb, "Mr. Natural's 719th Meditation"
* Shary Flenniken, "Birth Control" strip from The Tortoise and the Hare
* Jaxon, "Nits Make Lice"
* Art Spiegelman, "The Malpractice Suite"
* S. Clay Wilson, "Captain Pissgums and His Pervert Pirates"
* P. Serniuk's "Mutants Of The Metropolis", a surprisingly thoughtful if slightly crudely rendered book-length SF story, succeeds on sheer honest to god weirdness played perfectly straight.
* Gilbert Shelton's The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers in "Phineas Goes To The Store". There are Freak Brothers stories that are wackier, more epic, and more drug-addled, but this short hits the sweet spot of a normal situation blown comically out of proportion, set firmly in the mid 1970s when the stoner culture was quivering on the brink of becoming respectable. Also, the title of the film Phineas decides to make, "Star Hookers, Space Perverts, And The Intergalactic Cocaine Wars," never fails to make me laugh.
* David Carrino and Pete Bagge's "The Ever-Lovin' Adventures Of Stretchpants And Beverage Bottles" (Weirdo #25) is a transgressive, shameless, obscene riot that takes no prisoners in its single minded pursuit of laffs. Cheerfully foul in a way most comics only dream of.
* Jay Kinney & Paul Mavrides "Kultur Dokuments" (Anarchy Comics) mixes class struggle, modern iconography, pictograms, and political and corporate doublespeak with what's hands down the sharpest Archie Comics parody ever. Pretty much anything these two did together was subversive, smart, and hilarious.
* Spain's "Trashman Meets The Fighting She-Devils" (what was that, Subvert?) pretty much hits all the high points of a great UG comic, hits them with brass knuckles and a crowbar.
1. Dan O' Neill, "The Collective Unconscience of Odd Bodkins"
2. S. Clay Wilson, "Captain Pissgums and His Pervert Pirates," Zap #3
3. Howard Cruse, "Raising Nancies," Snarf #12
4. Harvey Pekar and Robert Crumb, "How I Quit Collecting Records and Put Out a Comic Book With the Money I Saved," American Splendor #4
5. Gilbert Shelton, "Set Your Chickens Free," Bijou Funnies #1
1. The Freaks Pull a Heist!
2. Binky Brown meets the Holy Virgin Mary (or Once upon a time)
3. Joe Blow
4. My Troubles with Women
1. Simian Sin! by Kim Deitch
2. A Reason To Live by George Kuchar
3. Situation Comedy by Bill Griffith
4. Rita Markee Pilgrim To Paradise on la Cock a Roach Cho Cho by Michael McMillan
5. Mr. Natural #3 by Robert Crumb
1. Mickey Mouse Today! by Joel Beck
2. Melvin Natural by Skip Williamson
3. Luna Toon by Victor Moscoso
4. Skeeter Grant by Art Spiegelman
5. Bombs Away by Rick Griffin
* You Can't Have Them All: Magnificent Specimens I Have Seen, by Robert Crumb, published in Hup #4
* My Word by Wally Wood, published in Big Apple Comix
* The Legion Of Charlies by Tom Veitch and Greg Irons
* The Man by Vaughn Bode
* Blackhawks by Errol McCarthy, published in Slow Death #7
* "Chicago '68," Spain Rodriguez
* "The Demons of Legion," Justin Green
* "The Legion of Charlies," Tom Veitch and Greg Irons
* "My Big Break," Paul Mavrides
* "Uncovered Property," Carol Tyler
1. "Wonder Wart-Hog meets Super-Patriot" by Gilbert Shelton
2. "Getting Shafted" by Vaughn Bode
3. " The Origin of Trashman" by Spain Rodriguez
4. "Panthea" by Trina Robbins
5. "Rowlf" by Richard Corben
1. Beyond Time and Again by George Metzger
2. Legion of Charlies by Greg Irons and Tom Veitch
3. Binky Brown and and the Holy Virgin Mary by Justin Green
4. A Short History of America by Robert Crumb
5. Don't Get Around Much Anymore by Art Spiegelman
1. Mickey Mouse Meets The Air Pirates Funnies (lead story) by Dan O'Neill
2. Make Room For Harry (found in Dopin' Dan #1) by Willy Murphy
3. Grass Roots (Fabulous Furry Freak Bros #5) by Gilbert Shelton
4. My Word (found in Big Apple #1) by Wally Wood
5. Doofus: The 40 Acres Club by Rick Altergott
topic suggested and examples provided by John Vest; thanks, John
posted 12:00 am PST
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