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FIFTY FREAKIN' YEARS OF THE FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS

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FIFTY FREAKIN' YEARS OF THE FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS

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Bargain-priced. Highly Recommended. By Gilbert Shelton. Yes!! It is 50 years since the world's best-loved and best-known underground comic characters first appeared. Now published in 16 languages and with global sales of over 40 million copies. This souvenir extravaganza contains brand new strips: "Phineas becomes a Suicide Bomber," "Franklin got his Gun," "Fat Freddy gets Religion," and more Freak Brothers short strips and vintage paraphernalia. Plus an up to date interview with Gilbert Shelton and a gallery of Freak Brothers parody strips by Robert Crumb, Hunt Emerson and more.

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Yes!! It is 50 years since the world's best-loved and best-known underground comic characters first appeared. Now published in 16 languages and with global sales of over 40 million copies. This souvenir extravaganza contains brand new strips: "Phineas becomes a Suicide Bomber," "Franklin got his Gun," "Fat Freddy gets Religion," and more Freak Brothers short strips and vintage paraphernalia. Plus an up to date interview with Gilbert Shelton and a gallery of Freak Brothers parody strips by Robert Crumb, Hunt Emerson and more.

Occasional nudity, lots and lots of drug references. Like The Rolling Stones, these boys never met a drug they didn't want to try at least once. Better them than us, eh? Shelton took an offbeat parody underground comic and turned it into a worldwide phenom, as the issues of Freak Brothers went into printing after printing over decades. 

The Freak Brothers first appeared in The Rag in Austin, Texas, where Shelton was going to college. He then took a two-week vacation to San Francisco, and stayed there for the next 17 years. He also describes a cross-country trip in a junk car with Trina Robbins, on of the Deitch brothers and friends; starting The Rip Off Press with fellow cartoonists and friends who came in from Texas; the accompanying adventures of owning their own publishing company, including the glorious social gathering of all the cartoonists who'd moved to San Francisco, such as Crumb; Living in Venice for a while, meeting his wife and eventually moving to France in 1984, where the Freaks were as popular (if not more so) as they had been in the U.S.

I started my life in the comics biz selling comics fanzines and underground comics back in 1970. And the Freaks were a big part of that, beginning with those 75-cent editions of their comics and some fun posters. Shelton and Crumb were the two giants of the underground scene, Shelton in particular for his brilliantly funny, laugh-out-loud stories. Spin-off comic Fat Freddy's Cat was widely read by both men and women.

All this work is still beloved today by (aging) boomers, but these comics are accessible to anyone with a sense of humor, young or old.

Fully authorized by Shelton. 28 pages of new stories, photos, parodies and special previously uncollected artwork, including rare posters of our lads from both the early days of underground comics and from France and Europe. Quality softcover with cover flaps and even illustrated endpapers. A first class little project.

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Item Code FIFTF
Publisher Knockabout
Publish Date 2017
ISBN 9780861662616
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 7x10
# Pages 64pg
Color Full Color
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