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4.0 out of 5 stars Finding Its Feet (and other bits...), November 20, 2005
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This review is from: Meatmen Volume 7 (Paperback)
By 1990, the Meatmen franchise was well-established, and many of the regulars had found their niches. A pattern had been established; open with a Tom of Finland reprint ("Sightseeing the Guards" in this case), have your regular milestones along the way for the erotic strips ("Stephen", "Sean", "The Hun", "Mike"), and fill in around the edges with slice-of-life/funny strips (Jeff Krell's "Jayson", Jerry Mills' "Poppers", Kurt Erichsen's "Sparkle Spinsters", and sundry cartoons by Gerard Donelan), and Bob's your uncle.

Worthy of special mention this time are the always-enjoyable Krell (poignant as well as funny this time), Erichsen and Donelan 'toons, and the breath-taking "Bigfoot & A Half", by "Sean", in which a group of horny and lonely lumberjacks discover the veracity of a mythical wild thing in *no* uncertain terms. My goodness.

Space was usually left for experimental strips, however, and as relative newcomers Stephen Lowther and myself, as Howard Stangroom, were the 'filler' in the sandwich this time; "Creatures of the Night" wasn't originally intended for "Meatmen" at all, but as the 'pilot' for an ongoing series another publisher was proposing, a gay comic book with regular features rather than the scattershot anthology of "Gay Comics". When that project fell through, I just added more nudity (and the most politically-correct, multi-ethnic street gang ever - I'm a great believer in equal-opportunity ogling!) and submitted it to "Meatmen", where the adventures of a vengeful super-heroic gay Spectre proved pretty popular.

Most of the Stangroom & Lowther material is now collected in full-colour, rather than Meatmen's black & white, in the "Prime Cuts" paperback from Germany's Bruno Gmunder (also available on Amazon!), but the rest of the book is an enjoyable selection - I don't get "The Hun" or "Mike", but lots of folks do, so live & let live - and one of the best of the early series.
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Meatmen  Volume 7
Meatmen Volume 7 by Winston Leyland (Paperback - June 1990)
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