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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: AdHouse Books (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935233068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935233060
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the creators of the excellent Street Angel comes this thoroughly entertaining and utterly nutso pastiche of several eras of late-20th century comics genres and the superbad blaxploitation heroic archetype. The titular hero is a '70s-era bad brutha-man archetype writ hilariously large and depicted in adventures that cross multiple perfectly evoked comics styles (the art's a knockout). Afrodisiac's all-over-the-place exploits provide a frantic cornucopia overflowing with legions of foxy white ladies driven to states of unabashed lubricity by our hero's melanin-rich manliness; space aliens and flying saucers; dinosaurs; funny animals; Richard Nixon; kung fu; Hercules; giant monsters; Dracula; and damn near everything else that made '70s schlock entertainment among the most fun stuff ever concocted by the mind of man. Loads of fun from start to finish, this book's one flaw is that its satirical points may be lost on those not well versed in blaxploitation in particular and '70s trash culture in general, but the disorientation born from such unfamiliarity may end up working in its favor, allowing the novice to perceive it as some malt liquor-fueled, somewhat underground-flavored throwback. (Jan.)
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Great art, and the detailing on the page treatments is excellent.
James Duffield
This one is from a writer and an artist who genuinely love their subject and have a lot of fun with their humor.
Kid Kyoto
This was probably one of the most interesting pieces from the show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kid Kyoto VINE VOICE on May 25, 2010
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Afrodisiac is a the world's greatest pimp with an origin that changes every issue. He tangles with an alien princess, Hercules, Tricky Dick Nixon and even Death and triumphs over them all. He's the greatest character you never heard of.

Jim Rugg perfectly recreates the looks and feel of old comics with ben-day dots, yellowing paper even scenes from the cartoon and the movie. The jokes are both subtle and obvious, the stories are short and good, and it's just a lot of fun.

I've read a lot of comic parodies, most of them are mean-spirited and fall flat. This one is from a writer and an artist who genuinely love their subject and have a lot of fun with their humor.

I recommend this to anyone who loves comics.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jet jaguar on April 27, 2010
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this is a cool graphic novel, about a pimp named afrodisiac. it's definitely tongue in cheek, and very sardonic. the setting is the 70's, and so the dialogue totally reflects that, as does some of the stories and situations (cameo by nixon). there really isn't any story per se, except to show how bad and cool the main character is. he's the baddest fighter, the baddest dresser, the baddest pool player, the baddest con man, and of course, the baddest ladies man, ever! right on blood!

i think the best thing about it is the artwork. it's very diverse, each story has a different style, so it's always interesting to look at. i think my favorite aspect are the various covers, which are styled after the 1970's marvel comic books, and they're amazing.

it's a great addition to one's graphic novel and comic book collection.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By animate ~ on April 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Eat this up, mother-rapers! This book has everything. Space aliens, blaxploitation references, long-legged white women, Tricky Dick, and even Dracula! Each story in this collection is self-contained (more or less) and each starts with some insane premise on the title page or cover, a la 50s comics. Some in jokes are self-referential, which could come off snarky, but never does. Beautiful art here, too, and has to be, as sometimes D's stories are only a title page in length! Trust me, you won't mind. Everything is so varied here, while never letting you forget its 70s-style appeal, dialogue and all. You'll laugh real hard and wonder why it had to end so soon. Super glad I got a signed hardcover copy! Can't wait to pick up more Rugg material. Look for this on year-end "best of" lists all over.
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By Jesse Schell on January 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Street Angel was amazing, and Afrodisiac is amazinger! Rugg and Maruca are an incredible team. The comics are funny, clever, and sexy -- they manage to be fun and suggestive without ever being pornographic or lurid. How Rugg manages to capture so many different classic art styles so perfectly is beyond me. Afrodisiac is totally funny, and totally fun. Buy it now so you have a collector's item when it gets all famous and stuff.
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By A. Maxwell on December 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I heard this reviewed on a podcast, and had to check it out. Worth every penny. I'm now and forever a Jim Rugg fan.
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By Staunton_VA_reader on February 22, 2013
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I was originally introduced to this graphic novel at an art show in Washington DC. It was an alternative comic art show. This was probably one of the most interesting pieces from the show. Everything was so over the top it just made my day. I ended up buying it as a birthday gift for a co-worker.
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