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In 1967, George Metzger began serializing his counterculture comic strip Beyond Time and Again in underground West coast newspapers, combining high fantasy (a la Tolkien) with prescient views of science, climate change, and political authoritarianism (a la steampunk, before the term was invented). Faithfully reproduced, for the first time, from the original art, this comix collection brings Metzger's exquisite craft and mind-bending imagination to a new generation.
"Earth is in the half-light of a dying sun, past the fields of mushrooms and magic runes, outside the high peaks of the crystal mountains, lies Seth of Combstock--the human race's last chance..."
Metzger contributed to such publications as Gothic Blimp Works and Bill Spicer's Graphic Story Magazine. He eliminated dialogue balloons in "Mal-Ig" (Gothic Blimp Works #7); reprinted in Graphic Story Magazine, "Mal-Ig" was a strong influence on Paul Chadwick's The World Below.
George Metzger also wrote and drew Mu, The Land That Never Was (published by Kitchen Sink), Truckin' Comics, and is best known for Moondog, which ran from 1969 to 1973 and was published by The Print Mint, who also published Zap Comix. Metzger also appeared in Yellow Dog, Brain Fantasy, Fog City, Laugh in the Dark, Compost, and issues of Slow Death, the long-running underground comics anthology.
Metzger later worked for several animation studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, including Marv Newland's International Rocketship Limited.
Personal note: George Metzger was a fellow comic addict of mine in the sixties and early seventies. He lived not far from where I went to college, San Jose State, and where my buddies and I opened our first comic book store in 1968. He was more than a decade older than us (I was 16 in 1968, he was 29), and he introduced us to Japanese comics (when they were still all in Japanese and only available in Chinatown) and cool pre-code artists.
One of our stories of George is of him buying an EC from our first store there, around 1968, for perhaps $1.50 or $2 at the time. Then folding it in half and putting it in his back pocket. George wasn't from the condition school...he just loved the stuff.
Beyond Time and Again was serialized in the local hippie newspaper, The San Jose Redeye. One day I came across a fellow carting a shopping cart of back issues down the street, intent on filling trash cans with them since the offices were "cleaning up." I promptly got him to give them to me, we stuffed them in a buddy's car, and for years after that I was the one and only source for back issues of this. Check out my earliest catalogs! -Bud
- Additional Information
Item Code BEYTI Publisher Fantagraphics Publish Date 2016 ISBN 9781606999479 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 12x9 # Pages 48pg Color Two Color
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