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Back cover of Fat Freddy's Cat #1 (1988)

Hey cats, and cats' owners servants humans! Ever been frustrated by your inability to communicate with each other? Well, Fat Freddy Freekowtski (of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers), and his cat he was apparently too lazy to name, can identify with you.

Is that all you can say? 'Meow?' )
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Back cover of The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers #1

In 1971, the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers got their own, self-titled series, published by Gilbert Shelton's own Rip Off Press. This allowed the trio more space to score dope, get high, avoid having to (ugh) work, and evade the authorities, particularly their nemesis, bumbling Drug Enforcement Agency inspector Norbert the Nark (sic).

Stickin' it to the Man )
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In the spring of 1968, writer/artist Gilbert Shelton, already somewhat known in college humour and underground comix circles for his Superman parody Wonder Wart-Hog, self-published a 28-page one-shot, Feds 'n' Heads Comics. Along with that porcine hero, the comic featured a variety of whimsical strips about hippies, freaks and above all drugs--and introduced the trio that would become Shelton's most famous creation: The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers.

Set your chickens free! (NSFW for brief male nudity) )
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My favorite creator from the Golden Age of Undergrounds, Gilbert Shelton (here aided and abetted by Tony Bell), with Wonder Wart-Hog back in the age of dinosaurs. Not only do we see a Tyrannosaur whose teeth have been knocked out by a fighting-mad super-powered humanoid wart-hog (and how often does THAT happen), not only do we learn how snakes actually lost their legs (it was not millions of years of evolution, as we have been led to believe)... but we see the ancestor of a famous Muppet and the first recorded instance of a famous sound effect. How much history can one page hold?

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An interlude with those enemies of all that is decent and pure, Gilbert Shelton's Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers! (And Fat Freddy's Cat, of course.

As a child, I thought cats were wise and deep with the mysteries of the ages brooding behind their lambent eyes. Until I noticed my cat looked up at me from licking herself and had forgotten her tongue was still sticking out....
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This is from 1968's FEDS 'N' HEADS COMICS, by Gilbert Shelton. It featured some stand alone strips, and appearances by Wonder Wart-Hog and the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers; the Hog of Steel was fading out as Shelton's attention shifted to the Freaks. "The Indian That Came To Dinner" is a cute little two-pager where a slightly decadent-looking suburban couple go along with "National Bring-an-Indian-Home-to-Dinner Week." There's a gag about the taciturn Indian cooking the Chow dog (this MUST have been old even back then). Then we get to the second page.

palefaces )
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Hey there. Here's a post I was set to put up before getting sucker-punched by that suspended notice. in my usual way, it's some non-superhero material and a mystery photo of someone involved with comics.

I hope this first scan is legible enough to enjoy. It was a Xerox page someone gave me, lo these many years ago. The more I mess with the contrast, the worse it looks, so I'll let it be. We see Gilbert Shelton's Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers go to a diner. (For added fun, try to imagine a Freak Brothers page written and drawn by Steve Ditko. Or Howard Chaykin. Or Alex Ross. You won't know whether to laugh or cry.)

anyone hungry? )

A typically weird and surreal page from Art Spiegelman. It's not as brain-destroying as some of his stuff, where one panel shows through another or whether the narrative keeps changing the art or where, let's face it, you can't be certain just what the hell is supposed to be going on. Spiegelman is a genius on his own level, but he sure likes to toy with the medium. This is from 1974's SHORT ORDER# 2.

mystery guest, enter and sign in please! )Actually, I think a few of you have already identified this writer/artist before you even get this far in the sentence. Be that as it may, this chap was a Golden Age creator with a unique style, equally good at humor or horror or crime. He ended up doing full-page cartoons for a glossy magazine and making more money on a single cartoon than he got for an entire issue of [oops].


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