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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we look at Chester Brown’s Yummy Fur!
Okay, as twisted and as messed up as Yummy Fur is, what’s even more surprising about it is that it is more than 25 years old! This is stuff that would be seen as edgy NOW, so just imagine the fact that this was coming out before Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns!!!
After a couple of issues reprinting his early mini-comics, Brown settled in to a fairly consistent mix for the series, one story starring Ed the Happy Clown (the most popular character from Yummy Fur) and another story…well, I’ll get to the other story later.
So, Ed the Happy Clown is this bizarre, twisted story that begins with weird stuff and only gets weirder as time goes by, but it’s also strangely engaging.
Here is how the story begins, with Ed the Happy Clown finding a hand under his pillow…
Okay, so this eventually leads Ed to prison then out of prison into the sewers where he is being hunted by pygmies (who are, in turn, hunted by a mother and daughter team of pygmy hunters that end up attacking Ed, as well, who has also meets the President of the United States (from an alternate dimension) who makes his way to Ed’s reality, only in the most opportune place – Ed’s penis).
Here is a sample from this time…
See? The closest example that I’ve seen to Yummy Fur is likely what Parker and Stone do on South Park – bizarre, outlandish stuff that somehow actually comes together as a plot when all is said and done.
Meanwhile, while the Ed stories were going on, Brown also had THIS series…adapting the Book of Mark…
Yessir, Yummy Fur was one heck of a strange comic, but it’s also a good one.
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