Holy Sh*t!: The World's Weirdest Comic Books by Paul Gravett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Holy Sh*t! The World's Weirdest Comic Books is a collection of 60-ish cover shots and accompanying explanations of some really weird comic books.
Actually, I thought the weirdness level in this was lacking, probably because I've already read Comix: A History of Comic Books in America. Still, it was an entertaining read never the less.
Most of the comics depicted in this book were shocking for the time period in which they were released but a little tame by today's standards. Some are still pretty offensive, though. The subject matter ranges from foreign versions of familiar superheroes to highly controversial topics like race and sex issues.
This is one of those books that you pretty much have to experience for yourself. I will, however, list some of the books I found to be the most memorable:
Godzilla vs. Barkley (yes, Charles Barkley)
My Friend Dahmer
Genus (lesbian anthropomorphic unicorns)
Trucker Fags in Denial
The Barn of Fear (EC style stories featuring farm animals)
La Donna Ragna (a female porno version of Spiderman)
Fast Willie Jackson (a black version of Archie drawn by an Archie artist)
Mr. A (drawn by Spiderman's Steve Ditko)
Hansi: The Girl Who Loved the Swastika
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