BLAB! No. 6 (1991).
Monte Beauchamp's acclaimed anthology has been
setting the pace for comix and offbeat graphics more
than a decade. The 6th issue is a 128-page squarebound
digest featuring top creators dealing overtly or
looosely with the theme of alcohol:
Who were the heaviest drinking
cartoonists of all time? Dan Clowes (Ghost World and Eightball)
teams up with Blab! editor Monte
Beauchamp to depict a blurry line-up of
legendary "Alcoholic Cartoonists." Drawing
board drunks include Bob Wood (Crime Does
Not Pay), whose eleven-day binge led to a murder
bloodier than those in his violent comic books; Bill
Everett, creator of Sub-Mariner;
Graham Ingels (E.C. horror artist); Wally
Wood (MAD and E.C. science fiction
artist extraordinare), who ultimately took his own
life; and underground cartoonist Roger Brand (Young
Lust, Banzai and Insect Fear).
Richard Sala contributed the front cover and a13-page
mystery story, "Where is Christine Brooder?"
Joe Coleman illustrates the biography of Jack
Black (not the comedic actor, but the criminal
opium-addicted hobo). Seventeen pages.
Skip Williamson, of Bijou Funnies fame,
contributes a "Necropolis Keester" barfly story as
well as his better known "Snappy Sammy Smoot."
"Steven," the celebrated man-child
by Doug Allen, is a notrorious
drinker, as is his thirsty cactus. Fourteen pages of
Art professor and pioneer
underground cartoonist Frank Stack (Jesus,
American Splendor) relates "The Lying Ear," on
the relationship of Vincent Van Gogh and Paul
Gauguin in Arles.
Spain Rodriguez offers a memoir, "Down at the Kitty
Justin Green (Binky Brown) finishes BLAB!
Vol. 6 with "Great Moments in Alcoholism."
Other contributions by Mark
Landman (Buzz), Josh Allan Friedman,
Gary Leib, Mary Fleener (Twisted Sisters),
Lloyd Dangle, Carol Sobocinski and others.
Published by Kitchen Sink Press.
NM/Mint condition. 5.5 x 8.5" (128 pages).
First and only printing.