1) COMICS WITH PROBLEMS #22
1946 Comic On Getting What, Now? CLICK TO READ
2) REALIST ARCHIVE PROJECT HOLIDAY ITEM - Massive 130 Page LAST SUPPLEMENT TO THE WHOLE EARTH CATALOG - with
ROBERT CRUMB - KEN KESEY - ALLEN GINSBERG - ABBIE HOFFMAN - BIBLICAL STORIES - POLITICS - DRUGS - A unique document, packed with art and jokes - hours of enjoyable distraction - CLICK TO READ
3) RECOVERY OF CHARLIE PICKLE
SINGLE PANEL HOLLYWOOD ENDING
The 'Recovery of Charlie Pickle' story is on a sort of permanent hiatus. We have a lot of plans for the thing, but not in its current format. In the mean time enjoy this temporary ending.
Seventh month into The Realist Archive Project. We now have a permanent archive for twenty-six full issues of the magazine, all free for your enjoyment. This month's four new issues:
click for issue 12
Issue #12 (1959) - Religion Galore - from the Deathbed Conversion of George Jean Nathan (wikipedia) to HOW TO GET A PRIEST OUT OF WEDLOCK and, as a big treat, the first printing of Robert Anton Wilson's classic "SEXUAL EDUCATION FOR A MODERN LIBERAL ADULT"
Great 50s issue, showing The Realist's strong (and effective) interest with changing rigid U.S. culture long before drugs or hair entered into the conversation.
click for issue 51
Issue #51 (1964) - The RED MENACE and A.A. - Coolest piece here is "SNEAK PREVIEW OF A HOLLYWOOD FLASHBACK" by Alvah Bessie, Blacklisted member of The Hollywood Ten, brought to you by the Warner Bros Studios Writer's Building. And for fantasized Marxism there's OFF TO PURGE THE WIZARD. Don't miss "The Demon A.A.", describing how Alcoholics Anonymous is destroying a woman's family.
click for issue 68
Issue #68 (1966) - ANDY WARHOL - Fans and historians of The Factory in the mid-sixties will really enjoy this issue. Includes the only known first-person account of the filming of one of Warhol's least seen films, "More Milk Yvette" - Film is one of Warhol's best and creepiest tribute themes, focusing on the Lana Turner/Jonny Stompanato murder.
click for issue 87
Issue #87 (1970) - CHARLES MANSON and The G.L.F. (Gay Liberation Front) - For scholars of gay history and revolt, you'll definitely need to read this piece on the G.L.F., which had only recently formed in NYC following the 1969 Stonewall riots. And for others enjoy the memories of Richard Meltzer who writes, "I WAS CHARLES MANSON'S BUNKMATE." Other great pages, especially Aunt Pussycat's Cabin and Miss Lulu Moppet.
This is about as good a time as any to close with Bob Odenkirk's MANSON from the Ben Stiller show:
As a postscript, I realize I've missed highlighting one of the best political jokes found in these issues so far. Last month's update includes the awesome and drug infested four-page ROSEMERICA'S BABY which is a wallup from Krassner and Dick Guindon. The art was published in Issue 93 in 1972. But in this month's post of issue 87 we find a reference to it as far back as 1970 (see column two here). Krassner was interviewed around 1970 by 60 minutes and was asked:
"What is the difference between the underground press and the mainstream media?"
Famously, Krassner mentions that (Nixon's Vice President) SPIRO AGNEW's name is an anagram for GROW A PENIS, adding:
"The difference is that I could print that in The Realist, but it'll be edited out of this program."
Which ends up being correct. The anecdote never aired - but here is The Great Spiro Agnew Anagram Joke, from Issue 93:
We return Mid-Month with some Holiday Items.
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COMICS WITH PROBLEMS Issue No. 21
Uh Oh, IT'S... You know, I'm actually interested in seeing how you respond to this one without an introduction. Comics With Problems is 21, now old enough to drink. Click to read.
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