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Comic Book Legends Revealed #224

Welcome to the two-hundred and twenty-fourth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous two hundred and twenty-three.

Comic Book Legends Revealed is now part of the larger Legends Revealed series, where I look into legends about the worlds of entertainment and sports, which you can check out here, at legendsrevealed.com. I’d especially recommend you check out the archive of Music Legends Revealed, as that ties in with this week’s theme.

That theme?

All legends involving comic books and rock ‘n’ roll!!!

Let’s begin!

COMIC LEGEND: Josie and the Pussycats had the first African-American regular cartoon character on a Saturday Morning cartoon.

STATUS: False

In 1968, Filmation produced a cartoon series starring the major Archie characters (Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, etc.) called The Archie Show.

The main hook of the series was that they would perform in a garage band called The Archies, with singers Ron Dante and Toni Wise doing the vocals.

The Archies actually had a #1 hit record with the song “Sugar Sugar.”

What’s interesting is that as far as I can tell, the first comic book appearance of Archie in a band specifically called the Archies was in 1968, so presumably the cartoon band preceded the comic book band. If anyone knows for sure when the Archies first appeared (and I mean a band specifically titled “The Archies” – Archie and Jughead and occasionally Reggie have been in various “bands” for many years before they were “The Archies”).

In any event, with the Archies having such great success for Filmation, Hanna-Barbera wanted in on the action, so they went to Archie Comics and asked if they had any other characters they could adapt in the same manner.

Luckily for Archie, the legendary Dan DeCarlo had given them just such a character when he debuted his character, Josie, in the early 1960s.

Josie, named after DeCarlo’s wife, was basically a female version of Archie for a number of years. Along with her two best friends, the ditzy Melody and the brainy Pepper, Josie had series of typical teen adventures, a la Archie.

The book was re-named from She’s Josie to Josie after a couple of years…

Eventually, in 1969, with the plans in place to get a Josie cartoon series out in 1970, some changes were made to the book.

Alan M was introduced…

Alexandra Cabot discovers she has witch powers when she holds her cat in her arms…

and finally, in Josie #45 (now Josie and the Pussycats), the Pussycats are formed, and we’re introduced to the third member of the group (along with Josie and Melody), Valerie.

Here’s the group on the cover of #48…

A problem showed up, though, when Hanna-Barbera had a different idea of how to approach the group on the cartoon. You see, they wanted an all-white girl trio. So they wanted Valerie gone.

However, the folks behind the music of the TV show, La La Productions, headed up by Danny Janssen and Bobby Young, had already cast the show based on the comic book, and had Kathleen Dougherty as Josie, Cherie Moor (who would later become famous as Cheryl Ladd) as Melody, and Patrice Holloway as Valerie.

Janssen refused to re-cast Holloway’s part (at least partially because he felt the group would not work, musically, without Holloway), and after a tense three-week stand-off, Hanna-Barbera backed off, and Valerie was once again African-American!

Here’s the band from the show’s first season…

And here’s the whole cast from the show’s first episode…

Many people believe that Valerie was the first regular African-American character in Saturday Morning cartoons (which, as we just saw, was a pretty big deal in that Hanna-Barbera was against doing it).

But while she was pretty darn close, she was not the first.

You see, while Hanna-Barbera went to come up with THEIR own version of The Archies, Filmation was not sitting still with the concept, either, and in 1969, they debuted a new carton series, using the then out-of-use (in TV, at least) Hardy Boys property. Now Frank and Joe Hardy are still mystery solvers, but they’re also in a BAND!

That’s the actual session band that played the songs for the show.

And, sure enough, they included an African-American drummer!

Bob Crowder is the actual drummer seen above, but his character on the show was Pete Jones.

Oddly enough, Pete was not only a drummer – he would change instruments, sometimes DURING songs!

Here’s one song by the Hardy Boys – notice that Pete is playing guitar THEN he’s playing the drums.

Impressive, right?

Well, that’s nothing compared to the chubby kid in the group (whose voice on the show was INSANELY horrific) – in that same song, he plays…

the upright bass…

the drums…

AND the sax!!

Paul McCartney, eat your heart out!

Here’s Pete from an episode of the show.

So in any event, The Hardy Boys came out in 1969, a year before Josie and the Pussycats. However, Josie and the Pussycats was a lot more popular, so Valerie’s got that going for her!

COMIC LEGEND: Marvel Comics did a Cheap Trick comic book in 1990!

STATUS: True

In the late 1970s, with Marvel having done an Alice Cooper comic…

and a KISS comic…

and a Beatles comic…

It really wouldn’t have been that weird for Marvel to have done a Cheap Trick comic book.

Not at this point…

However, in 1990?!?

And yet that’s when Marvel did a promotional comic for Cheap Trick’s latest album, Busted.

Here’s the cover of the comic and the cover of the album…

The comic was written by Jim Salicrup and drawn by June Brigman, of Power Pack fame (well, she’s of Power Pack fame to ME, at least! She was awesome on that series!).

It is an “origin” story of sorts, for the group.

Here’s a taste…

That is one unbelievable comic book.

I wonder who was the driving force behind it being made?

COMIC LEGEND: Walt Kelly forced a band that named itself in honor of Pogo to change their name.

STATUS: True

In 1968, two members of Buffalo Springfield, Richie Furay and Jim Messina, along with Rusty Young, who had played with the group, were looking to start a new band.

Inspired by a country music-esque song on the last Buffalo Springfield album, they decided to become a country rock band, one of the earliest such bands.

Their first album, “Picking Up the Pieces” is really quite good. It’s mostly ABOUT the Buffalo Springfield break-up.

In any event, their original name was Pogo, named after Walt Kelly’s classic comic character.

Kelly, though, was one of the few comic creators of his time to have full control over the rights of his creation (he had had a trademark on Pogo since the late 1940s), and he was very protective of those rights.

So he let the group know that he was not down with them using Pogo as the name of their band. I do not know if he ever went to the point of actually sending a cease and desist, or if it was simply a matter of “Hey, if you DON’T change it, THEN I’ll have to seek legal action.”

In any event, they complied, but since they were just beginning to hit the scene, in terms of getting a label to sign them, they did not want to change their name THAT drastically.

So they ended up with…

And some 50 albums later, does that count as “and the rest is history?”

I guess this will be the only Pogo band we’ll ever see…

Okay, that’s it for this week!

Thanks to the Grand Comic Book Database for this week’s covers! And thanks to Brandon Hanvey for the Comic Book Legends Revealed logo!

Feel free (heck, I implore you!) to write in with your suggestions for future installments! My e-mail address is cronb01@aol.com.

As you likely know by now, at the end of April, my book finally came out!

Here is the cover by artist Mickey Duzyj. I think he did a very nice job (click to enlarge)…

If you’d like to order it, you can use the following code if you’d like to send me a bit of a referral fee…

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See you next week!

70 Comments

Speaking of cheap, it was pretty cheap of Marvel to use that Alice Cooper cover for the KISS and Beatles comics! Must give collectors a hard time…

It was fixed already by the time your comment went up, Matt. ;)

I want you…..to want me never bring up the Cheap Trick comic cover again!

When I think of The Hardy Boys as a band, my mind immediately goes to Hank’s terrible three-piece ensemble from The Venture Brothers.
“My boy band good looks, Dermot’s bizarre anger, and a robot on drums!”

Wow, Cheap Trick hadn’t even come back ironically at that point… suddenly over-compensating with Adam-X the Extreme makes a lot more sense.

A big “boo” to Hana-Barbera for wanting to whiten the Pussycats.

Never heard of the Cheap Trick comic before. I was hoping it would tell the REAL story of how the band got started, which would have included lots of shots of their (and my) home town, Rockford, Ill. Instead, we get Europe and spies and beach scenes. It ain’t fair!

It’s funny that in a CBULR column involving Archie, music, and forcing a band to change its name, you leave out the dispute between Archie Comics and “The Veronicas” from only a few years ago. Fortunately, that story had a much happier resolution for all involved.

It’s funny that in a CBULR column involving Archie, music, and forcing a band to change its name, you leave out the dispute between Archie Comics and “The Veronicas” from only a few years ago. Fortunately, that story had a much happier resolution for all involved.

Tsk, tsk, Adam. ;)

If you had read Was Superman a Spy? and Other Comic Book Legends Revealed, which you can purchase right here (with a percentage of the sale going to me), then you’d see that I featured the Veronicas story there.

So you should get that book (as should everyone else, of course). :)

I’m seeing the Alice Cooper cover 3 times instead of the other two band comic covers

Nemo, did you forget about a little power ballad called “The Flame”?

I’m seeing the Alice Cooper cover 3 times instead of the other two band comic covers

Just hit refresh, Philip.

The upright player in the Hardy Boys band must be talented if he can play the sax successfully while holding it incorrectly. I suppose with a straight-bore soprano, you could pull it off, but it looks like he’s playing a tenor.

Good on that Janssen guy for having the guts not to give in to Hanna Barbera and recast the role.

Here’s a “Josie” question I’ve wondered about since I was a kid: Did Pepper and Valerie ever appear together?

Sorted. Ta

*gasp!* Maybe Pepper & Valerie are the same person!

There’s no way he could shoot arrows accurately when he’s holding his sax like that.

Good on that Janssen guy for having the guts not to give in to Hanna Barbera and recast the role.

Well, it’s interesting, who knows how much of his motives were purely “the group won’t sound right without her voice”?

Jeremy A. Patterson

September 11, 2009 at 11:05 am

AC Comics did get the rights to do a Cheap Trick comic book in 1982-83, during the early days of the company!

J.A.P.

Brian – Quick question about buying your book…if I just go to Amazon and search for it and buy it that way, do you still get a percentage of the sale, or is that some special “incentive” link in your above comment and that is the best way to go about it? I can’t buy stuff from Amazon at work, so I need to know if I should email myself that link to benefit you most, or just any old amazon order will accomplish the same. Thanks (and apologies for the long-windedness)

It’s a special link, Kevin.

Thanks for the intent to buy! :)

I don’t understand why the Pussycats had to be sent into space? Was there too much competition with Scooby Doo & The Gang?

It may sound odd for the Cheap Trick comic at the time, but if my memory serves, that was on the heels of Revolutionary Comics, which had the super-popular Guns N Roses first issue, were pretty popular at the time (heck, I even owned a few myself). I recall those being unlicensed, though. Looks like those are making a comeback, too:
http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2009/09/dont-call-it-a-comeback-bluewater-to-collect-classic-rock-n-roll-comics/

I wonder if Cheap Trick was the best “licensed” comic Marvel could do at the time.

There was also Rock-It comics (which I think I only had the Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne issues)…

You know, looking back on it…the late 80s/ early 90′s were a weird era of rock and roll and comics.

I wonder what was the last rock and roll comic done by Marvel or DC? The only thing I can think of is Marvel doing Alice Cooper’s “The Last Temptation” (by Gaiman and Zulli!) and that was in 1994…

I actually have a copy of the Cheap Trick comic along with the special promo version of the Busted cd with comic art for the cover.

BTW, if you want a TRUE biography of Cheap Trick look for the book “Reputation is a Fragile Thing” by Mike Hayes and Ken Sharp from Poptastic! press.

“Printed in real KISS blood”

A a kid, I wasn’t sure if that was cool or creepy. All these years later, I’m leaning toward creepy!

That cover of Pep may have some of the worst crimes against fashion I’ve ever seen.

(Seriously, rainbow pants? Orange polka-dots on a purple shirt? *Shudder*)

Sing it with me…

Oh Boy, here come the HAAAARDys!

Oh Boy, we’re havin’ a PAAAAArty!

Hello, Hey, Hi How are you now?
You know, We’ve got so much to do now

Life’s full of mystery Cause that makes it better
So come join the Hardys We’ll solve them together

A world of adventure Is waiting for you here
When we start the action We’re sure that you’ll stay here

Oh Boy, here come the HAAAARDys!

Oh Boy, we’re havin’ a PAAAAArty!

OH BOY!!!!

Building off of what OTL said, Alan M. looks an awful lot like Scooby Doo’s Fred in that group shot, right down to the neckerchief. Seriously, was the neckerchief a popular accessory in those days or was Fred double dipping?

(Also, I like typing “neckerchief.”)

Sing it with me…

Oh Boy, here come the HAAAARDys!

Oh Boy, we’re havin’ a PAAAAArty!

Hello, Hey, Hi How are you now?
You know, We’ve got so much to do now

Life’s full of mystery Cause that makes it better
So come join the Hardys We’ll solve them together

A world of adventure Is waiting for you here
When we start the action We’re sure that you’ll stay here

Oh Boy, here come the HAAAARDys!

Oh Boy, we’re havin’ a PAAAAArty!

OH BOY!!!!

In all seriousness, the Hardy Boys stuff is pretty catchy.

And BTW, Chubby Morton was voiced by character actor Dallas McKennon, the very same guy that voiced Archie Andrews.

“My boy band good looks, Dermot’s bizarre anger, and a robot on drums!”

Yeah, that was awesome.

I love the giant “1st Comic Book Appearance” blurb on the Alice Cooper comic meant to obscure the fact that it was actually the 50th issue of Marvel Premiere.

huh…Alexandra Cabot used to hang with the Archie gang and Josie and the Pussycats? This was prior to her being on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit I assume? LOL

And BTW, Chubby Morton was voiced by character actor Dallas McKennon, the very same guy that voiced Archie Andrews.

Then how come Archie Andrews’ voice wasn’t more painful to listen to than fingernails on a chalkboard?

huh…Alexandra Cabot used to hang with the Archie gang and Josie and the Pussycats? This was prior to her being on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit I assume? LOL

I always wondered if they did that on purpose.

I should look into it! :)

I’d never heard of that Hardy Boys cartoon. I can remember (barely) watching Josie and the Pussycats, but I guess I never saw the Hardy Boys.
I’ve read several sources that all said Valerie was the first Black character on a Saturday morning cartoon, but in addition to the earlier one you mentioned, the Harlem Globetrotters cartoon (which had an ALL Black cast) debuted on the same day as Josie, at least according to Wikipedia. But apparently it was in a later time-slot, which is why Valerie usually gets all the credit.

I’ve heard conflicting stories about the blood in the KISS comic. Some sources insist that there was never any blood mixed in the ink at all, even though the comic itself insisted there was. Are you going to do one of these Legend columns to straighten out the facts there?

I never remember her name being Alexandra Cabot. When I was a li’l tyke she was always just “the mean skunk-head lady”. (Oh well, I also thought Mr. Fantastic’s real codename was “Stretcho”.)

I never heard of the show, but it must explain the Gold Key Hardy Boys comic I always wondered about! http://www.comics.org/series.lasso?SeriesID=11765

“I don’t understand why the Pussycats had to be sent into space? Was there too much competition with Scooby Doo & The Gang?”

The Illuminati felt their power couldn’t be managed?

“Good on that Janssen guy for having the guts not to give in to Hanna Barbera and recast the role.

Well, it’s interesting, who knows how much of his motives were purely “the group won’t sound right without her voice”?”

Couldn’t they have kept the actress but changed the drawing? I guess it’s plausible enough that H-B was racist enough to say she ‘sounded too black,’ but I’m inclined to give Janssen the benefit of the doubt.

Couldn’t they have kept the actress but changed the drawing? I guess it’s plausible enough that H-B was racist enough to say she ‘sounded too black,’ but I’m inclined to give Janssen the benefit of the doubt.

They did change the drawing, but he refused to change the singer, so after the impasse, they changed it back.

So the impasse was over Janssen not recasting the singer (and she WAS a notable singer – she is one of the backup singers on Joe Cocker’s “A Little Help From My Friends”), and I don’t know if we know enough about the situation to say for sure if he was doing it because he was offended at the notion or if he thought it ruined the sound he had spent a decent amount of time perfecting (La La Productions auditioned over 500 singers for the three Pussycats).

I had an aunt who worked for the company in Buffalo that printed the KISS comic, and according to her they really did add their blood to the ink. Although, it was minimal amount–obviously all about the attention it got them, as if KISS needs any additional attention.

Filmation Studios became quite well-known for its commitment to diversity on their cartoon shows. From the Hardy Boys forward, almost every one of their animated series featured not only African-American characters, but also often Asian characters, people of varying weights, and girls/women in major roles.

And let’s not forget that they did Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, which was not only the first all-African-American cast, but one of the only such shows for many, many years.

Lou Scheimer talks a lot about this in his upcoming biography which I’m co-writing for Two Morrows, which HOPEFULLY will be out for next Comic-Con 2010.
http://www.andymangels.com/LouScheimer.html

BTW, I believe that the Archie shows included African-American characters possibly sooner than 1972, which seems to be the introduction of Chuck Clayton into Archie Comics. And yes, Filmation did create “The Archies.” This was covered in the documentaries I did on the two DVD sets, The Archie Show: The Complete Series and Archie’s Funhouse: The Complete Series, which included extensive interviews with Scheimer and Ron Dante. You can find more information out about them on my webpage!

Now that’s an exhaustive edition of CBLR! And a THEMED edition, to boot. Very cool.

I am 100% sure that Archie Comics created “The Archies” after the song became a hit, but I don’t know how to prove it.

And I had never heard of a Hardy Boys cartoon where they were in a band.

And “The Pussycats in Outer Space” is one of the greatest cartoon theme songs of all time.

I only had time to skim this , nor to read the Chapp Trick comic , but:
IIRC , that Cheap Trick album was their album directly after the one that marked their ” 80s production/power ballad ” era brief comeback w/the single ” The Flame ” . Was it before the original lineup member rejined ?
Yes , I believe LIFE WITH ARCHIE stories about 1967 showed a three-member , magaically-/super-powered ” The Archies ” , complete with covers that billboarded the inside stories .
I’ve seen thos Hardy Boys records described as ” country rock/Flying Burrito Brothers-influnced ‘ adult ‘ bubblegum ” !
FWIW , I once had a 1950s-issue?? LP of songs inspired by Pogo called ” Songs of the Pogo ” ( The name similarity the the old/true school punk rock pogo dance was no doubt coincidental , but neat ! ) , and the ” Deck Us All With…” Christmas Carol parody from Pogo was recorded by ” real ” jazz singers , possibly including Lambert , Hendricks and Ross .

…What happened to the answer i JUST PUT UP:-(?????

…Oh , OK…It did?? ( I hope)

Minor typo: It’s Toni WINE, not Toni Wise. And while she was the most famous and prominent of the female Archie vocalists, she was definitely not the *only* one. Donna Marie

http://laurapinto.tripod.com/donnamarie/

Did some of the “Veronica” parts, and I believe there were other female singers as well.

It’s funny that Andy Mangels mentions Filmation being known for racial diversity in their casts. Whenever I think of Filmation, one of the first things to come to mind was their Tarzan show in the ’70s. It ran for several seasons and took place entirely in Africa, but I don’t remember ever seeing a single Black person on that show..EVER.
That really bothered me when I was a kid.

Doesn’t anybody else think that Archie naming his band after himself was hugely egotistical? Can’t believe Reggie went along with that (of course HE would have called it “The Reggies..” :D )

Btw, the Boomerang network did an animated tribute to The Pussycats where they appear playing in different styles from across the decades, even as KISS!! The animation style changed for each sequence, as well. Pretty impressive!

Just as a PS to the Pogo myth, interestingly there actually is an album released by Walt Kelly that contains songs from Pogo, w/music written and recorded by, I believe, Walt Kelly himself (and it’s still available today!): http://www.amazon.com/Songs-Pogo-Kelly-Norman-Monath/dp/B00008OM8O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1252725585&sr=8-1. I have to wonder if maybe this had something to do with him not wanting an album out there by “Pogo” when, ostensibly, you could consider that album (released in 1956) as a “Pogo” album? Thought it was an interesting enough point that I’d raise it!

“Printed in real KISS blood”

As a kid, I wasn’t sure if that was cool or creepy.

I would have said gimmicky.

What I find amazing is that Sugar Sugar was too childish for the Monkees to perform. This has been noted (by Penn Jellet) as the reason that the Archies were formed. This would make the recording first.

Slightly off the point but the June Brigman/Louise Simonson (first 25?) issues of Power Pack were outstanding.
You are not alone Brian.

Talking of rock star comics did i imagine it or did DC once put out a Prince comic where he revealed the real reason he renamed himself Symbol.

The Cheap Trick comic look worth picking up for the June Brigman art.

Dan Decarlo was prob my favorite Archie arist. Loved his style.

I second the comment that Rock N’ Roll comics first two issues Guns ‘N’ Roses and Metallica successes was the driver for this copycat attempt by Marvel. These issues had 6 or 7 reprints with First prints going for $10-30 in my area at the time. GNR was huge, but Metallica was still a largely underground phenomenon – a dedicated thrash metal band with a devoted following but no radio airplay – when their issue came out in mid 1990. It wasn’t until 1991 that the “Black Album” came out and ushered in their polished short hair commercial er which most people only know them for. So don’t discount the idea of a record label hoping to sieze on the comic book / rock n’ roll crossover zeitgeist in an admittedly shameless attempt to push an album.

Cheers

Daedsiluaplifornia

September 12, 2009 at 6:58 am

Speaking of Power Pack… (well, two people did….) have you looked into whether Michael Higgins (I believe that was his name), the writer who put the nails in Power Pack’s original series’ coffin, intended to bring back Toro in his last issues? I remember a wino catching fire in Central Park when Galactus came to town in the late 50′s of the series, but the wino was able to absorb the flame. And was there a plan to turn all of the Powers into Kymelians? Really, was there a plan at all at that point? That last special done after the series wrapped stands in my mind as the best, most necessary retcon ever.

And while I’m at it, I’ve often wondered if the Power Pack parents were modeled after Walt and Louise Simonson. The character designs and their idiosyncrasies (the dad’s famous Lentil Bean Soup, the mom’s nickname, the poster in the apartment that said “I’m a man who likes talking to a man who likes to talk”, etc.) seem to be more detailed than those of most ancillary comic characters.

Knowing you were a fan makes me hopeful I’ll get some closure on these concerns left over from my first days of comic collecting. It all began with Power Pack #4 for me, bought in a convenience store at a camp ground.

Whoa…I remeber Chet (the fat kid in the Hardy Boys books) having lots of hobbies in the books, but I don’t think any of them were musical in nature.

And I need to find that Cheap Trick comic! I never knew it existed!

I’ll never understand why Power Pack’s writers had to make Whoopie Goldberg into a Galactus.

…If you’ll check Mile High , the Archies are billed on the cover of Life With Archie #61 , 1967 , and start appearing on the cover at #62 , and a few pages of the story I was remembering , in #64 , can be read .
The Archies are 3-man , don’t have the logo and dress in more ” prep band “-ish matching outfits .
There was an Italian progressive rock band called Krazy Kat , I don’t really know if the ever had any official American releases .

One thing that I always think of when I think of Filmation (seriously,) was that Scheimer had a social conscience. They weren’t doing anything really heavy, of course, but they were definitely progressive and socially responsible. Sadly, there aren’t many guys like that in children’s entertainment anymore. Actually, there are probably a ton of them and they’re just not as successful.

Generalissimo Fernando

September 13, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Back to the Revolutionary Comics comments: it was a ongoing series of unauthorized biographies about various bands, almost all hard rock groups. The back issues did go for quite a bit in the day. I sprung for the Aerosmith one, being a pretty big fan, and never got another because the facts were so incredibly wrong it defied belief. (Among other things, it claimed that the lead singer’s real last name was Pearcy, not Tallarico, and it wasn’t an error since it was brought up a few more times.) I’m not sure if others were more accurate, but, even as a kid, I knew a cheap cash-in when I saw it… or, rather, after I wasted $15 on it and read it.

i love you superman! kiss me superman!

Holloway’s backing vocals on the “Josie” theme was the coolest part of the whole series. Did she ever get a lead on one of the songs?

That’s what always bugged me about “Sugar, Sugar.” Even as a 10 year-old boy in North Dakota, I noticed that the second shoutout of “I’m gonna make your life so sweet!” was sung with a lot more Soul Power than the whitebread Betty and Veronica voices could have mustered.

Iggy Pop's Brother Steve Pop

October 2, 2009 at 11:02 am

Man, you can tell JatP was a Filmation series just from that last screencap. That’s a classic Filmation character blocking if ever there was one.

Iggy Pop's Brother Steve Pop

October 2, 2009 at 11:04 am

Oops, I mean you can tell Hardy Boys was a Filmation series.

Christopher Stansfield

October 14, 2009 at 10:30 pm

(Slightly) off topic, this, but I did get a chuckle out of reading that Jim Salicrup was the writer of the Cheap Trick comic. I have had the luck on a few occasions to chat with Mr. Salicrup at (and after) various MoCCA New York events, and he’s a hell of a nice guy with a pretty good sense of humor about his own work. I look forward to bringing up this comic (and the fact that it opens with what appears to be a dick joke) the next time I run into him to get his take on the whys and wherefores.

If there were no Valerie Pussycat there would have been no Foxy Love, and that would have been a crime against art. Thank you Time Security Chrono Patrol, for keeping out universe from spiraling into chaos and segregation!

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