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Tasty Comix 1
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average writing
skilled art
historical bonus 3
total score 6
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Tasty Comix #1
Only Printing / 1969 / 36 pages / Washington Free Community
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Tasty Comix #1 opens with an eight-page story from Patrick Burk called "The Amazing Adventures of Freon P. Sandoz." The story depicts the origins of a radical college activist named Freon P. Sandoz, who is borne via an instantaneous mutation of a meek student who unwittingly ingests psychedelic drugs at a party. Sandoz is a stereotypical college-age radical with long hair, mustache, medallion necklace, bell bottoms and boots. He has arrived to serve as "the savior" to drug-toking freaks in their ongoing battles with the abusive "Frats" on campus. The story presents an intriguing origin story and makes me glad there's at least one more issue of Tasty Comix to see it continue.

Tom Howell contributes the five-page "Johnny Universe in 'Disaster at Germ City,'" which is about an "interplanetary plumber" name Johnny Universe who ventures into the birth canal of Mother Nature to clean up the gene pool. Like the previous story, this spoof of superhero comics is supposed to continue in the next issue, but it doesn't. Kind of a shame, since the concept was interesting despite the mediocre illustration.

Following "Johnny Universe" are nine one- to two-page comic stories, a few of which are decent but most of them pretty bad. The cartoonists certainly demonstrate their ability to present stories without boundaries of taste, as the stories depict illicit drug use, cheating spouses, pregnant teens, cosmic boogers, and miscarriages. It becomes painfully obvious that these comics were produced by artists who had never been published before and would, rightfully, never be published again after Tasty Comix.

One of the last stories in the book is "Tripsters" by Sherry Ives. It's a fairly charming story about a woman in a lower-class neighborhood who has a fantasy about living amongst Mother Nature with an ideal man. It's a breezy, quick read enhanced by Ives' loose, casual style. She may have the most potential of anyone in the book, though Burk, D. Tree and Gregory Kwater also show they have the talent to achieve better quality results than what is presented here.

Tasty Comix #1 is, like so many underground anthologies, a mixed bag due to the wide spectrum of skill sets that contribute to the book. But it surely can be admired as another testament to the collective courage of a group of non-professional artists to produce a full-blown comic book.
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HISTORICAL FOOTNOTES:
It is currently unknown how many copies of this comic book were printed. It has not been reprinted.
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COMIC CREATORS:

Gregory Kwater - 1, 32-34
Patrick Burk - 3-10, 19, 35
Thomas Howell - 11-15
D. Tree - 16-17
Troxell - 18
Bill Fairfax - 20, 23-24, 26
Mike - 21
Rice - 22
Al Simons - 25
Sherry Ives - 27-31
Skip Williamson - 36