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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – What if Charlie Brown Turned Into a Giant Cockroach?

Every week, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

Today we look at the absolutely brilliant R. Sikoryak’s Masterpiece Comics, where he tells a classic story from literature done in the style of a famous comic book or comic strip. Specifically, we’ll take a look at Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, told in the style of Charles Schulz…

The Metamorphosis is a chilling tale of a young traveling salesman named Gregor who wakes up one day to find that he has transformed into a giant insect. The rest of the story tells how this change affects the man and his family (things don’t go particularly well).

Sikoryak decides to tell the story as if this was yet another problem of Good Ol’ Gregor Brown…

Ins’t that awesomely twisted?

Masterpiece Comics is filled with stories that are just as brilliantly told as this one, and most of them are just as disturbingly and hilariously strange.

(Note: This article first appeared as part of the Fools of April feature – BC)

16 Comments

Oh, that’s awesome.

This and “Dostoevsky Comics” (Batman as Raskolnikov, down to the Bat symbol replaced by an ax), are truly awesome work — proof that strange can be very, VERY good.

Awesome! More please.

Kafka + Peanuts = makes for a very interesting combination ~ Have got to check out this site! =D

Sikoryak’s stuff is great. I love his Dante’s Inferno/Bazooka Joe mashup from RAW.

I’ve heard of and seen excerpts of this comic a ton of times, but I never knew it was just one of many mash-ups by the creator. I always thought it was just a one-off. Pretty cool.

Masterpiece Comics is wonderful. In addition to this and the ones mentioned by BeccaBlast and cool arrow, it’s got Mephistofield (Jon Arbuckle is Faust), The Crypt of Bronte, and IIRC an adaptation of A Picture of Dorian Grey featuring Little Nemo.

Highly recommended.

(I got to see some of his roughs for the Dostoevsky Comics story in a museum exhibit last year — full disclosure, the exhibit was put together by my uncle — and it was neat seeing how he adapted Sprang’s work along with illustrations from old copies of Crime and Punishment.)

This reminds me why i hate Peanuts with a passion. Terribly depressing & not funny AT ALL.

I own this book. It was certainly an interesting, fun read. The Kafka segment was one of my favorites.

Travis Pelkie

June 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm

This is great stuff. I also have a Comics Journal with an interview with Sikoryak, and there’s some bits about his process and all.

I must disagree with danjack, Peanuts is amazingly funny, and I will even defend the strip up until the end as still being quite funny, and usually the best thing on the comics page. Particularly post-Calvin and Hobbes/Far Side.

Travis, it’s really fascinating working through the complete collection Fantagraphics did. Going through the first two or three volumes, I can see Schultz trying to figure out what he’s doing, trying this, changing that, developing a character one way, then another … and slowly becoming the strip we know.

This book has been on my “to-read” pile for months and months… picked it up based on seeing this strip alone. Such great stuff!

DanJack, Charles Schulz suffered from Depression and was probably Bi-polar. We could tell when he was slipping into a state by the tone of the strip. I lived in Sonoma county,Ca. where he spent the bulk of his adult life and he was tortured,indeed. I remember a PSA that he did for the Sonoma county ASPCA that showed a pick-up truck with Snoopy doing the classic “peanuts” tumble out of the back of the truck— there was one word printed with the image– “Deathbed”. Now, THAT was grim. (the implication was don’t put your dog in an open and untethered truck bed ).

Thorough, he even got the apple embedded in the back bit.

Wait, you mean I could’ve read “Crime and Punishment” as a Batman comic this entire time?! I could’ve saved days of driving myself crazy during Russian Lit class back at college.

I NEED this book.

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