Summer Reading from the Comic Shop Back Issue Bin

6 Jul

If you’ re going to the beach this summer and want to take along some quality comic book reading to pass the time away while roasting on the sun-bleached sand, here are some suggestions offered as a handy dandy public service announcement from the
“Neptune City-Saturn Town Review.”

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #2, 1984 (Mirage). Great Kevin Eastman/Peter Laird story which introduces April O’ Neil and Baxter Stockman, and takes the series from a one-shot parody to an industry. The third printing also has an amazing Richard Corben cover worth searching out. Probably the best issue in Eastman and Laird’s run. A standout installment.  

FLAMING CARROT COMICS #12, 1986 (Renegade). Bob Burden’s comic books always have the greatest and most bizarre sense of humor (the inspiration for 1999’s Mystery Men film from Universal Pictures), and his story “The Dead Dog Leaped Up and Flew Around the Room” remains one of his strangest and best.  

CEREBUS #11 and #12, 1979 (Aardvark-Vanaheim). Dave Sim introduces his much emulated character “The Cockroach” with these two extremely hilarious issues. Poor Cerebus!  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GNATRAT [one-shot] 1986 (Dimension Graphics). Mark Martin delivers one of the most enjoyable comic books I have ever read. Great Batman/Bob Kane homage.

MADMAN #1-3, 1992 (Tundra). Mike Allred’s “Oddity Odyssey” mini-series is the closest that comic book superheroes will ever get to “Catcher in the Rye.” Pretty heavy stuff. Highly Recommended!

Well, that’s all for now, and remember: “Freedom is Ink on the Page.”   



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