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bakersfield kountry
excellent writing
exceptional art
historical bonus 3
score 9
Bakersfield Kountry Komics

1st-3rd Printing / September, 1973 / 36 Pages / Last Gasp
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Bakersfield Kountry Komics is a notable one-shot from Larry Welz and Larry Sutherland, who helped make American Flyer such a terrific little series. Bakersfield Kountry Komics is historically significant because it features a prototypical Cherry Poptart story from Welz called "Bakersfield Blues." The Cherry character here is actually named Shirley, and she's a virgin who tries to remain pure at a wild teenage party. Shirley nearly loses her cherry to a stoner dude named Eddie, but at the very last moment she stops him from fucking her. A bit later, Shirley changes her mind and wants to go through with the sex, but by that time Eddie is too hopped up on drugs to do any fucking.

Larry Sutherland follows "Bakersfield Blues" with his own "Bakersfield," a scathing history of the city and a bitter autobiographical memoir that pulls no punches. The city of Bakersfield, California may not come off as a very cool place to live, but Bakersfield Kountry Komics is definitely a cool comic book to read.

Last Gasp printed three editions of this comic book that produced approximately 40,000 copies, but all three printings (all with 50-cent cover prices) are currently considered indistingushable from each other.
Larry Welz - 1-17, 25-36
Larry Sutherland - 18-24