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The Great Comic Book Detectives #2

Here’s the bit. You, the readers, send in descriptions of comics that you remember vague details from the past and either I, or one of the readers of the piece will use detective work to figure out what comic you’re talking about!

Here’s the second one, courtesy of reader Steve…

This comic would be from the late 1980s, possibly even 1990 or so. It was an anthology-type comic. Predominantly horror, as I recall. In black & white and color, I think. DC’s Wasteland jumps immediately to mind, but I’m not entirely sure these stories appeared in that series.

One of the stories had a cute little mouse (rabbit?) stuck in the snow outside of a building. The animal was crying about not being able to get inside.

The next story began with a full page drawing of a man’s face. This man looks extremely worried as he has small tubes (almost like stitches) covering his mouth. These shadow figures are narrating the story, saying how the bitter taste in his mouth is normal, and that he could try to scream or ‘you can simply…swallow.’

The last story involved two men. One guy is a computer geek who has invented a device to put his consciousness inside a computer. The other guy watches as this man puts the device on his head and beams his mind into the hard drive. The other guy listens as the computer geek tells of what he sees inside the computer. He stumbles into the mainframe for the local fire department (something like that). The other guy watches in horror as the computer geek’s physical body bursts into flames and burns to ash. The man in the computer knows something is wrong, but the other guy doesn’t tell him what’s happening . He simply unplugs the computer because he didn’t want to listen to the screams when the guy tried to port back to a body that wasn’t there.

Any help at all would be much appreciated. I’d love to track down the original issue, at least just to compare my memory of the story with the real thing!

Let’s help him out, folks!

And if YOU have a comic book from the past that you want help tracking down, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com


The second story is by Steve Bissette, and appeared in an Eclipse-published collection of work by Bissette and Rick Vietch entitled Bedlam.

The third story sounds like it is from Hellblazer #7.

The first story is probably by Chester Brown, and is either from Taboo #1 or an issue of Yummy Fur.

The third one is an issue of Hellblazer, specifically number 7:


The first one could be the post-apocalyptic “On the Beach” issue of the same title.

Not sure where you read this, but Titan did a few b&w reprints of early Hellblazer. Four issues to a book.

Also: I did a quick check and Taboo # 1 reprints the Bissette story, “Cottonmouth” that you described. It was color in Bedlam, and black and white in Taboo.

The Chet Brown story is in Taboo for sure.

There is a piece in the book by Bernie Mireault that has an image of a fellow burned to death in a chair that is connected to being trapped in a TV, I am still pretty certain the story you are describing is Hellblazer 7. Hellblazer was color, whereas Taboo was exclusively black and white for the first few volumes.

Was GCBD #1 ever resolved?

The ‘unplugging the dead guy from his body’ detail pretty much nails it as the Hellblazer issue everyone’s agreed on. Constantine feels really bad about it; that entire arc pretty much centered on how he gets all his friends killed.

1 and 2 are definitely from Taboo, my memory what story was in which issue is kind of hazy at this point though.

#3 is certainly Hellblazer #7, I remember reading it in the Original Sins TPB when that first came out.

I kind of wish we’d see a return to these late 80s horror comics, it’s a genre that really isn’t done that well these days, in my opinion

The Steve Bissette story “Cottonmouth” was originally published in Gore Shriek vol. 1 #1, then in Taboo. It has also been made into a short film.

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