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average writing
skilled art
historical bonus 2
total score 6
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Fog City Comics

1977-1979 / Stampart

Fog City Comics is a three-issue anthology published in Vancouver (the fog city, get it?) by Stampart. They are notable for giving us three terrific Rand Holmes covers and one Holmes story in each of the books. Edited by Terry Hamilton (for at least the first two issues, not sure about the third), the series is not one of the stronger contributions to the post-golden-era underground ouevre, but there are certainly some gems to be found.

The first issue features funny animal stories throughout, a theme that has seen its share of failures in the past and this is probably one of them. The second issue switches to science fiction/fantasy and fares only marginally better. The story from Holmes is one of his weaker efforts (practically unheard of from Rand Holmes) but Brent Boates has a pretty good opening tale. The third issue is 68 pages and easily the best of the series, with a brilliant self-reflective story from Holmes, an epic tale from George Metzger, and several decent contributions from Brent Boates.

It's a shame that Fog City Comics was pretty forgettable, being produced in Canada with native artists and all, but the series is still essential to fans of Rand Holmes (and anyone who is not a Holmes fan is a moron).