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Monday June 2 2008
Holy sh-t THE REALIST CELEBRATES FIFTY YEARS
As noted below, June marks the 50th year (or, specifically, 600th month) since The Realist was first published, June 1958. To celebrate we present the first issue and a few other surprises. CLICK FOR THE ARCHIVE.
Previously on this site:
Friday May 30 2008
We just got off the phone.
Yes, we can finally announce it. IT'S OVER! IT'S OVER!
An End to Vietnam ... J-sus Chr-st. Really?
YES. ENDING THIS HORRIBLE MONTH OF VIETNAM.
While we're withdrawing here's your final piece of Indochina Pie:
JUNGLE WAR STORIES EIGHT PAGE EXCERPT
We're still trying to evaluate what got us stuck in this swampy mess of a month. But while we shove that over to the numbers department, enjoy this eight page piece of comic book history. This is Jungle War Stories. What a great title. Posted as a supplement to this issue of The Realist, but this is its own thing, too - Notably for this panel, which is the first time such an utterance ever appeared in a newsstand comic:
Published by Dell, incidentally. Which is sort of like being called a gook by Sesame Street. (See this list of other Dell titles) This title contains some other pretty bizarre and bent passages, like:
Yes Where Are We .. A couple other stitled surprises
CLICK TO READ
We return on Monday June 2nd with a special 50th anniversary posting to The Realist Archive Project. We're not 50, but The Realist is. First published June, 1958. Expect hearty congratulations to Paul Krassner, including a post of Issue Number One and Some Cake.
Remember, though ... just because Vietnam Month is ending doesn't mean we can soon forget it. We all got through this terrible unending despicable month together.
p.s. ha-ha (laughing, though) pass it on ... omg, Tod Holton got PTSD!
(shown above, actual postwar hallucination!)
Previously on this site:
MAD FOLD-IN / Two Sour Desperate Tastes Dept.
Question: Did anyone think six months ago these two faces would be almost interchangeable in their rhetoric?
T H E - U G L I E S T - J O K E
Compare Friday May 23 to Friday May 16
Can you imagine Huckabee's reaction? "Damnit that was supposed to be my line! That b-tch is stealin my act!"
Friday May 23 2008
Ignoring that incredibly embarrassing Clinton fuck-up
Here's something really great that we've been working for months to bring you
Vietnam Month continues with this rare selection of 35 fantastic and SHARPLY OPINIONATED Chinese comics from 1958-1960. All of these are outraged masterpieces. All are critical of western interference. And all are specifically annoyed with U.S. military trespassing in places unwelcome, specifically Laos and Vietnam. Scenario sound familiar?
What you won't expect though, is how great these things really look, and how much they can affect the way you feel about a subject as desentitized and played out as U.S. warmaking. Bonus topics include torture and exploitation. A mix of gorgeous Eastern artwork mixed with Kanji script and percolating with three reoccurring typographic symbols: US for American, $ for money, and, hey, swasticas. Why not. We found a few of these in Singapore which hinted us as to what kind of paper to look for, which led to a couple more found in China, and a final batch in Vietnam. After a year we had about a hundred or so samples to choose from, trimming down to this presentation of 35 best images. As a set this is our main course for Vietnam month. Many of these will shock and delight the shit out of you.
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Previous Vietnam Month items:
Tod Holton Super Green Beret .... Will Eisner's U.S. Army M-16 Manual .... The Realist on Jungle War Stories .... and Batman and Robin Knocking Off in Vietnamese
Fun Vietnamese Dessert item right near the end of the month. Thanks - Ethan
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