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365 Reasons to Love Comics #50

Fiftieth issue extravaganza! Die-cut hologram foil-embossed cover polybagged with collectible trading card! (And that’s just the 1-in-1000 variant! There’s ten different covers! Hahahah!) You’re gonna want to CGC this one, folks!

Or not. Still, I can’t believe I’ve made it this far. Only 315 more to go after this. Woot.

Black History Month continues as we delve into the life of a forgotten teenage comic star who is one of my favorites even though I know next to nothing about him. Move over, Archie, ’cause here comes…

2/19/07

50. Fast Willie Jackson

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Can you dig it? You better! If your response isn’t “Yeah, I can dig it,” then you’re not the jive-talkin’ cool dude or dudette you should be! Oh, hell, I don’t know the lingo, man.

“Fast Willie” (let’s hope he didn’t get that nickname from the ladies) only lasted seven issues as a series, but by God, they look like seven wonderful issues of the peppiest, squeaky-cleanest blaxploitation ever. It wasn’t published by Archie, but it was done in the same style– that “George LeMoine” fellow signing the covers was probably an undercover Archie freelancer.

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Mocity (way bigger than Motown, man) was where it took place– and the city was filled with the craziest bunch of characters and/or stereotypes. You had Willie, of course, and his main squeeze Dee Dee. Then there was Jo-Jo, a probable rip-off of Jimmie “J. J.” Walker of “Dy-no-mite” Good Times fame; Jabar, the obligatory militant African-American; Frankie, who could only be a pimp (see above); Issac Hayes–er, Hannibal, a “strong man” (gang bruiser?); Officer Flagg, who filled the “honky” and “The Man” roles; and a few others, like Sister Zola, the Martinezes, and “Jane Fronda.” I’m just going to let that last one lie there.

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The whole concept of the series is so wacky; it’s like the Boondocks meets Archie. My God, think of the possibilities! We’ve got to bring Fast Willie and the gang back! Who’s got the rights? Get me their number!

As Willie would say, “rock solid.” If only all Archie clones were this awesome.

Links, baby:
Scott Shaw! thought Fast Willie was so cool, he looked at him twice in Oddball Comics!
Did you know “the scoop” on Fast Willie?

Join us (well, me) tomorrow for one of the guys you’ve probably been waiting for all month.

7 Comments

This may sound a tad harsh, but that Jabar looks like some no good, upitty, trouble maker. He can go jump in a lake for all I care.

Back when I was a kid in the 70’s there was a series of comics about the lives of little-known but influential Black Americans(The issue about Benjamin Banneker is the one I remember the most). They may have been published by Fitzgerald, because I remember seeing ads for this book in the back of those educational comics I dug so much. It was the line about “Every foxy momma in Mocity” that brought it all flooding back just now.

Oh, man. I have to own at least one issue of this.

From the style of the art and the time in which Fast Willie came out, it looks to me that the artist was either Stan Goldberg or Dan DeCarlo.
I’m gonna lean more towards Mr. Goldberg.

The Kirbydotter

March 10, 2007 at 2:40 pm

OK. I can dig it too!
But where do YOU dig those unknown gems???
And I thought I knew about comics!
Never heard of this title!
Again, thank you for bringing this to light.

Gregory T. Barrett

December 25, 2008 at 3:56 pm

This is the bomb .I remember growing up . not knowing about these comics and I really can apprriciate this comic.

I have the Aug 1977 #6 issue of Fast Willie Jackson. Shows G. Lemoine as the artist. They believe that one of the Archie artists used this as an alias. These were produced through Fitzgerald Periodicals, Inc.

I was 10 years old and my mother told my sister & I to pick out one comic book. This was a big thing for us because my family was very poor. Also at the time we lived in Utah, so this comic book stood out.

I chose Fast Willie Jackson. My mother asked me if I was positive that was the one I wanted and I said yes. She didn’t even hesitate about my choice and I have my copy still in rather good condition.
It is sad that there are only 7 produced of this comic.

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