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Mid February 2006:


Mid February 2006 Update

Duck and Cover

Continuing with our humor month, here are two great comics from the 50s on the topic of Bomb Anxiety.

First up, from 1951, we have IF AN A-BOMB FALLS. Only eight pages, but literally bang for your buck comic book entertainment. An attack on every page. Explosions, flames, hysteria, bomb shelters. And get a kick at all the sulking. I've never seen an unhappier 1950s comic. Print page eight out and keep it in your wallet to know how far you need to run to survive a blast. And remember, shower up with lots of soap. Screw peace and love, all we need is soap.

Then we have 1954's THE H-BOMB AND YOU - Not as full of explosions as AN A-BOMB FALLS, instead the focus here is on the often misused term, Civil Defense. Includes instructions for children to spy and report on overhead airplanes --- among other jokes.


Thank you, - Ethan



Early February 2006:

Early February 2006 Update

SNAP!, Music, and a Message about Sniffing for Young People

We've had a few unintentionally grim or heavy-handed posts over the past few months (GRENADA, MLK, ROE V WADE) So to keep things less like a stuffy textbook, February will be all comedy month here. First up...........

New, a MUSIC SECTION. An in the MUSIC Section:

"SNAP!" (originally may 2001)
A re-issuing of our long out of print "SNAP!" piece from may 2001, which was the other project made when Teddy was getting figured out; the two switching off of each other to get each other finished. Also posted are the original liner notes along with snapshots of the CD (no longer available), which doubled as a working hypnodisc. The entire album was spliced together by hand on two Ampex Data Recorders, producing a nice stitched-together sound. No computer used, just traditional analog editing techniques: volume, EQ, Pan knobs, and physically yanking analog tape around a tape head to make an effect. Friends consider this our funniest piece, and we're still pretty fond of it, too. Also, some great vinyl used in this I'm sure you've never heard. It tells a story. Click for SNAP.

File under: Rockabilyy, Soul, Girl Groups, Noise, Jokes, Hawaii, Guitars, Military Recruitment, and CB Radio.

And now, introducing Laureen ...

Isn't she sweet?

As mentioned, we now have a page for all the music and noise work - found HERE. We'll be adding the entire back catalog over the next few months.

And finally ...

"COMICS WITH PROBLEMS" issue no. six


One of the most convoluted and vague plots ever assembled is this fantastic comic book about the threat of reckless nasal consumption. LEARN why you should accept certain friends and reject others. LEARN why choosing -not- to "sniff" might mean losing your bike to a bully. And leave you dangling for your life over a cliff! LEARN that all this time when Bush has been talking about freedom, he's really been talking about huffing paint thinner. (?) And more! Or less! CLICK TO READ


One good thing that comes with posting these comics is seeing what others will do with them. Some excellent parodies have appeared over the last few months, here's a coupld links worth sharing ...

1) The Alcoholics Anonymous Comic Strips were re-written by a large number of people, but somehow this single panel cracked me up most; maybe it's the convincing lettering and very dry purposefully stupid joke, not sure. (via in4mador) ... meanwhile if excess is its own success, check out this continuing series based entirely off our AA comics post entitled Classy Dames and Able Gents - Four episodes so far (link)

2) REX MORGAN TALKS ABOUT YOUR UNBORN CHILD - completely redone here by "angrymice" of Myspace (link)

3) WHO KILLED JUNIOR - If I were handing out ribbons, first place would have to go to this series of responses from the Something Awful forums. Click through all three pages, each page is better than the previous, ending even with charts and graphs. (link)

Thanks and best - more later this month - Ethan


Late January 2006:

- Late January 2006 -


NEW! 1973 Roe V Wade Decision Comic Books

This last week of January marks the 33rd anniversary of the Supreme Court's Jan 22 1973 decision legalizing safe abortions. (Thank you.) Recognizing that, here are two comics from that year - each produced as a response right after the decision occurred. First, from the always entertaining Right To Life Organization, we have what seems to be the first pamphlet they ever produced, 1973's "WHO KILLED JUNIOR?" where we learn doctors were dousing women with salt to melt fetuses and were also jabbing and swinging steak knives in there to chop up babies. Huh. - and from the Head Shop, Hippy, Feminist Side, we have the Left's excellent and calming "ABORTION EVE", also from 1973, where we learn people were happily getting lots of abortions and just liked to talk and talk and talk about it. Both have great back covers, one celebrating Mad Magazine, the other evoking Hitler. I'm not sure which comic wins the argument, but it's a lot of fun to pair them up and read as a set. Quite a tense debate, still, certainly ... Here they are both:

read 1973
warning - ugly images

read 1973
warning - verbose conversation

---- Thanks and Best - Ethan. ----


Early January 2006:

- January 2006-


NEW! The 1956 International Bilingual Dr Martin Luther King Jr Comic Book Message

Excuse the lengthy title choice (and description) for this new feature, but we've always believed that when you go verbose, it's best to go all out --and the title above is exactly what describes our newest comic book posting.

Most sane thinkers consider MLK to be an important and historic larger-than-life icon, but how did that happen? Especially given the marginalized press coverage of blacks in the 50s, how was his message galvanized among southern minorities and then spread as a single statement beyond the black community -- and how was it focused so specifically to such seemingly ignorable or boring local incidents as one black woman's refusal to give up a bus seat and a following small-town bus boycott, as well as the concept of Passive Resistance? Without any need for hyperbole, this comic book is one of the reasons. Produced by the Fellowship of the Reconciliation and sent very surreptitiously throughout the South (it was dangerous for many to own a copy), then translated, re-drawn, and distributed once again throughout the entire SOUTHERN CONTINENT through Mexico, into Central and then South America, this comic tells the story that established the myth of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks at the time that it mattered, mere months after news events occurred. Intended for adults, but shown in comic book format for the largest possible distribution and audience and instruction.

It was also produced as a comic because more adult seeming publications and newspapers were often destroyed by white businessmen and other violent types bent on continuing segregation's grip on the South. But that does not mean people found distributing copies of this comic were not given their fair share of beatings and harassment, nor does it mean thousands of copies were not often destroyed. Why? This comic is and was dangerously honest. Featuring the Klan (lynching, bombs, burning crosses), Jim Crow laws, and the entire concept of Nonviolent Protest. This pamphlet offered advice and instructions on how to use passive resistance and massive non-violent resistance against segregation, just as these ideas were fresh --and it also established a clear connection of MLK to Gandhi, a public connection that continues on to today.

A copy of this comic is held in the Smithsonian and many Civil Rights leaders recognize this as one of the most important AND PERSUASIVE items of the 50s in establishing or explaining their cause to the world, as well as giving many black youths the courage and direction to hold their own political protests. Many notable sit-ins and demonstrations link to this comic book getting into the right hands - and it did get around, literally devoured by black college students at the time. We're DELIGHTED to offer you not just the American version of this comic but also the SPANISH edition, of which maybe two or three copies are known to exist. After extensive effort and search, we were able to find a copy in Uruguay. Not joking. Completely redrawn and translated, click back and forth to compare art, some of the differences between the two are great.

from the Spanish edition

Here they are, both versions, together for the first time, online or in any format that I know of, either in a printed book or in an online or physical exhibit - click to read

Ever wonder how much influence and power a small press or self-produced item can have? This is one of the best examples you'll ever see.

And, ha, naturally,
Happy Martin Luther King Day Jan 16 - Ethan.

December 2005:

- December 2005 -


1968-1974 Alcoholics Anonymous Comic Strips


November 2005:

- November 2005-



It's November and that means it's Election Season here in the US. What better way to celebrate the occasion than with an actual comic book produced and written by the CIA. How about a comic that was air-dropped during a US Invasion? "GRENADA" is just that thing. And we promise you it's the number one Real Deal. Acquired through amicable agreement with an actual recipient of the comic and former citizen of the island. This comic pulls no punches. Just look at the picture above of islanders getting their heads banged in by murderers designed to resemble Cubans. And that's just the front cover. Rape, Murder, Lies, Beatings. All tied up in a beautifully dishonest Pro-Reagan Anti-Castro message. George Bush Sr even takes time out his busy post-hurricane Humanitarian schedule to make an appearance. This comic was never meant to be read by anyone in the United States, or anyone outside the Carribean for that matter. Here it is for you, Click to read.

note: English is the national language of Grenada. The island is a former British colony.


NEW! 1947 JOHNNY SURGE Comic Book

Here's a wonderfully wayward comic I doubt you've seen or heard about. We'll all be drinking plenty of milk over the next few months and "The Story of Johnny Surge" tells the story of Johnny, a teat-clip that gave comfort to the udders of countless cows. Just look at how delighted and giddy those girls up there are, "No crawling" indeed. Absolutely nothing unintentionally sexual or perverted here at all. Click to read.

Upcoming Holiday updates:

November 21 - THE RECOVERY OF CHARLIE PICKLE issue one
now available - click here

December 15 - A Surprise Holiday Gift from us to you. ???. Yes, Stay tuned.
now available - click here

Thanks and Happy Holidays - Ethan


- Cornball Grampa Joker sez' Johnny Surge Udderly Hilarious -



1966 HOOKED! comic book
Drugs, marijuana, heroin, pills, prostitution, etc. Extremely graphic government produced comic about heroin addiction. Odd unknown item handed out -exclusively- at methadone clinics in NYC to recovering heroin addicts. Read it all here, scanned from one of the only five known surviving copies. Adding to the intrigue is art from the comic has now been identified as being appropriated in the the wildly perverse and influential 1960s book of insanity, the Principia Discordia.

Occasionally limited to hourly bandwidth limits.


Dr. Fredric Wertham's Blog

Featured Magazine:

Our new ongoing series. Newspaper comic strip characters tell us about poison and what not to drink when we're pregnant. Also, how many cigarettes it takes to give cancer to a caged bunny rabbit - and SEX SEX SEX. (Now with 300% more Bill Cosby) ..BUT NO SNIFFING! (Madonna Madonna Madonna) Drop that joint! Many jokes to choose from, many more on the way. Eight issues currently available.

And finally:


NEW! 1951 TRAPPED! comic book
I swear I couldn't make up these titles for heroin comics. First it was Hooked! and now it's Trapped!. What's next? Slapped? Smacked? Only time will tell. But this is a nice one handed out to Columbia College students, and even referenced in the Seduction of the Innocent. Originally reprinted in the REFORM SCHOOL GIRLS trade paperback put out in the 80s but here it is for you for the first time ever in color, and scanned in from an existing copy. Did you know white Columbia College students were shooting up heroin in 1951? I didn't. Easily one of the most unexpectedly gruesome and bizarre anti-drug comics ever made. "I need a Bang and quick!"

Music to download:

SPREE: An Escape from Reality
Completed and now available for you, please distribute.

previous Horse recordings
SNAP!, I Stayed Home, Hypnotism, other earlier work

These items cost a little money to check out:

SKATING SKILLS - fun and very corny 1950s comic book about roller skating instruction, with two mp3s of authentic vintage organ music played in actual skating rinks of that era. (available for immediate download, click for more information)

The Pogostick (in print - $4.95)
A collaboration with Al Columbia.
Two issues currently available. To get them, click this link and type 'pogostick' into the search box, or call Fantagraphics Books directly at 1-800-657-1100. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a look at the cover to the second issue. NOMINATED - BEST NEW SERIES - 2004 HARVEY AWARDS
(lost to Plastic Man)

The Bush Junta (in print - $18.95)
Contributed two pieces to this, one on John Ashcroft, the other on the PATRIOT Act - a marvelous assortment of political comics, focusing specifically on the Bush Administration. Originally published as a pre-election primer, now holds even more alarm and potency as a reminder of the crooks and thieves running the country. Follows the entire timeline of events from as far back as Bush's direct links to Nazi bank funds, etc. Click the link above to pick up a copy on Amazon. Sometimes copies show up there for as cheap as ten dollars. Front and back covers to the book by Steve Brodner and Ralph Steadman. More information found on Fantagraphics' site

A Dog and His Elephant (online - $1.50)
Honeymooners-like drama starring Frank and Eleanor. 225 pages, many chapters. Click the link above for more information. AWARDED - BEST WEIRD/EXTREME - 2003 SXSW FESTIVAL

More soon. RSS to keep in touch.

Thanks for visiting and best regards, Ethan

Pogostick #2


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