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1987 And All That: Gumby’s Summer Fun Special #1

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born.

GumbyCoverGumby’s Summer Fun Special #1 (Comico) by Bob Burden, Arthur Adams, Rick Taylor, L. Lois Buhalis, and Diana Schutz

As an adult, the best kids’ entertainment isn’t the wholesome educational stuff, but the trippy, bright-colors-and-hypnotic-images nonsense. I don’t know if that’s the smartest choice of material for the children at whom it is presumably targeted, but the pure, mindless fun and positivity is refreshing as a grown-up. It’s an excuse to access the most childlike parts of your brain, to experience something for its insignificance rather than its importance. That’s the secret to the success of Gumby’s Summer Fun Special #1. It moves the way a child’s imagination does, stopping frequently for non-sequiturs and never staying anywhere for very long. It’s ADD in comicbook form, but controlled enough to have a semblance of narrative, something to hang onto during the wild ride. With a few weirdly dark moments and a ton of great artwork, the 40-page issue has plenty for older readers, enough that I kind of question whether or not it’s even entirely appropriate for kids.

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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for April 2013

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“And for a while things were cold / They were scared down in their holes / The forest that once was green / Was coloured black by those killing machines”
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for December 2012

I think this way of reviewing the many trades and older stuff I get is good, so I will continue doing so. I hope it’s good for all of you!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 353: Terminal City #1

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. As it’s now December, I will be examining the LAST pages of random comics, so watch out for SPOILERS! Today’s page is from Terminal City #1, which was published by DC/Vertigo and is cover dated July 1996. Enjoy!
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