From Young Romance vol. 5, no. 2 (#38), here’s “Cagey Mary”; the script and art are uncredited, and comics.org doesn’t attribute the work to anyone, but I am quite sure the artist is Bill Draut, whose early, underappreciated contributions to comics have been featured here at RCN several times over the years:
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The printing on “Cagey Mary” is atrocious, but also, in a strange way, lovely…
From Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers Special #1 (October 1983), here’s the astonishing two-page “double splash” collage by Jack Kirby and company that brought the story — “COMPLETE IN THIS ISSUE!!!” — to a crashing conclusion:
From Heavy Metal vol. I, no. 13, here is Nicole Claveloux‘s contribution to “Paradise 9 Magazine,” a compendium of short, journalistic visual reports by a select group of cartoonists who had recently been on “an all-expense paid round trip to Paradise 9, home planet of regular Metal Hurlant contributor Zha“:
They might want to float into the sky while hosting a brunch party. They might want a couple of handsome cops to come over and get rid of a snake problem. They might seek a doctor’s treatment for “wise-ass disease” or fantasize about revenge and forgiveness at the dentist’s office. They might want to sing the White Girl Blues and dance the White Girl Twist.
One of the funniest cartoonists of the last four decades, M.K. Brown has accumulated a body of work long savored by aficionados but never comprehensively collected — until now. Women, What Do We Want? is the first retrospective collection of Brown’s cartoons and comic strips from the National Lampoon from 1972-1981, as well as other magazines such as Mother Jones, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and Playboy; and her comics from underground publications like Arcade, Wimmin’s Comics, Young Lust, and Twisted Sisters.
Her cartoons combine a penchant for the absurd with the gimlet observational eye of Roz Chast. Brown satirizes suburban anxiety and ennui by turning it upside-down and sideways, and her slightly grotesque yet lovable characters are perfectly captured in her restless pen line and delicate jewel-tone watercolors.
In these pages: Read instructions for the use of glue, making a pair of pants, home auto repair, coping with chainsaw massacres, and jackknifing your big rig. Travel around the world to witness the giant bananas of Maui, strange sightings in Guatemala, camel and a “Saga of the Frozen North.” Learn about love ’round the world, among eccentric suburbanites, and in a “Condensed Gothic” romance. “Another True-Life Pretty Face in the Field of Medicine” introduces Virginia Spears Ngodátu, who (with a bit of a name change) would go on to star in “Dr. Janice N!Godatu,” Brown’s series of animated shorts that appeared on The Tracy Ullman Show alongside the first incarnation of The Simpsons. Aliens, old people, pilgrims, mermen, monitor lizards, tiny floating muggers and other weirdos feature in Brown’s side-splitting single-panel gag strips.
And what about men? Don’t worry — you’ll meet Mr. Science and his pointless experiments; “Earl D. Porker, Social Worker,” who converses with household items and forgets the cat food; a man whose head is a basket of laundry; and others.
I thought I had posted this already, but yesterday, as I was clicking through the pages in the “Art Collection” category here at RCN, I suddenly realized that I hadn’t. So here, for your viewing and reading enjoyment, is “Art” by Ken “Gabby Schulz” Dahl:
Thank you for your matronage/patronage! You’ve just helped a cartoonist stave off indigence for another day, and beautified your own life in the process.
Which, instead of making me feel proud to be a matron/patron of the arts, actually made me feel a bit guilty that I had paid so little for the work… but… hey, check it out! There’s another new full-colour strip — “Profiles in Bureaucracy” — on sale right now! Get ’em while they’re a bargain…
And don’t worry if everything is sold out by the time you visit the Playhouse store, because soon enough there will be another page… and another… and another… until inspiration fails… or Gabby calls a halt to the madness…
Here’s the tweet I posted right after I purchased the art:
Unfortunately, I haven’t been in a position to purchase more from Gabby Schulz yet. But I am in the process of buying a Barack Hussain Obama original from Steven Weissman, who has a new store up right here!
From the mini-comic The Other 88% #1, published way back in November 1993, here’s “Depression,” a heartfelt two-page story by Rebecca “Battle Kittens” Dart, who had just turned twenty in April of that year:
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BONUS SCANS: COVER and ABOUT THE ARTIST
REBECCA DART ON THE WEB:
Battle Kittens: The Art of R. Dart – “a handsome 56 page comic-sized collection offset printed on high quality paper. There are 8 pages in full glorious color! This is the best from Rebecca’s sketchbooks and artblog from the last 3 years. This is the good stuff!”