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Holy Sh*t! by Paul Gravett
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Jan 08, 2009

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bookshelves: humor, non_fiction
Read in January, 2009

I love these oddball bits of comic history that prove the breadth the format has always had beyond mainstream superhero stories. (A similar feature was always one of my favorite columns in Wizard Magazine.) The tone of this collection is a little off, though. It's not sure if it wants to be making fun of these oddities or having a scholarly discussion about them. I could have also done with more illustrations, as there are very few interior panels shown, only the cover for each and a paragraph dryly retelling all the weirdness within. Highlights include Popeye the Sailor as your guide through the exciting world of personal service careers, the topless Italian Spider-Woman, and squarest of the square Dell Comics trying to cash in on beatnik culture with an Archie-esque teen comedy full of dirty hippies.
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