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e.z. wolf's astral outhouse
solid writing
exceptional art
historical bonus 2
total score 7
E.Z. Wolf's Astral Outhouse
Only Printing / 1977 / 52 pages / Last Gasp
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Ted Richards launches his country-boy E.Z. Wolf character deep into space and the spiritual cosmos in Astral Outhouse, which compiles a series of strips that originally appeared in the Berkeley Barb in the mid '70s. Richards developed the story from a single gag about an "time-traveling outhouse" in his weekly E. Z. Wolf strip. Up until the outhouse idea came to Richards, E.Z. Wolf had been comprised of one-joke strips, but the outhouse concept went on for months and was eventually compiled by Last Gasp. Much of the content deals with Richard's viewpoint on the Spiritual Consciousness Business movement, which took place nationally, but especially in the San Francisco area, in the mid '70s.

I didn't enjoy E.Z. Wolf's Astral Outhouse quite as much as the "regular" E.Z. Wolf comic book that came out a bit later, but there's still plenty of good stuff to be found here.


Last Gasp printed approximately 10,000 copies of this comic book. I believe it has not been reprinted, but Fogel's 2010 Supplement states there is earlier edition with a 50-cent cover price (published in 1976) instead of the 75-cent cover shown above. If I can confirm that (surely Fogel didn't make it up, but I didn't take note of it when I helped put the Supplement together) I will change this review as appropriate.

Ted Richards - 1-34, 35 (ad), 36
Willy Murphy - 35 (ad)
Gilbert Shelton - 35 (ad)