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Dope Comix #2 1st
spotty writing
skilled art
historical bonus 1
total score 6
Dope Comix #2
1st Printing / October, 1978 / 36 pages / Kitchen Sink
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Dope Comix #2 features one of my Top Twenty Underground Covers by John Pound, who also did some of the marvelous Commies from Mars covers. The cover art here, which is worthy of poster status, elevates the review score for this book by a full point. Which, given the mediocre review score, tells you something about the rest of the comic.

Bottom line, Dope Comix #2 is loaded with nothing but cautionary, and therefore rather dreary, stories about illicit drugs. That still means there are tons of stories about illicit drugs, which is always interesting regardless of the perspective, but it is the perspective that makes this comic book formulaic instead of innovative or informative. Features Trina Robbins, (early) Mark Beyer, Sharon Kahn Rudahl, Joe Coleman, and Lee Marrs, among others.

There are three printings of Dope Comix #2, all by Kitchen Sink Enterprises. The 1st printing (10,000 copies) and 2nd printing (5,000 copies) both have a $1.00 cover price, but the print edition is stated on the inside front cover. The 3rd and 4th printings (5,000 copies each) both have a $1.50 cover price, but the print edition is stated on the inside front cover.
John M. Pound - 1
Dan Steffan - 2, 29-32
Doug Hansen - 3-8
Howard Cruse - 9-13
Trina Robbins - 14
Gary Whitney - 15-16
Mark Beyer - 17-18
Sharon Kahn Rudahl - 19-20
Joe Coleman - 21-23
Leonard Rifas - 24
Moria Wright Peters - 24
Rusty Wright - 24
Lee Marrs - 25-28
Steve Stiles - 33, 36
J. Michael Leonard - 34
Dope Comix #2 3rd
3rd Printing
$1.50 cover, states print
edition on IFC.