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Boody Paperback – March 1, 2009

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“[Rogers’s] imagination was clearly light year beyond many of his contemporaries…a cartoonist’s cartoonist.” ([object Object])

“Nearly everyone who’s come across his work had come away an admirer…Boody Rogers's comics are truly unlike anything else.” ([object Object])

“Funny with a touch of madness.” ([object Object])

“Rogers defiantly was ahead of his time, demonstrating more zeal for the medium than much of his contemporaries.” ([object Object])

“If anyone is a comic-book pioneer, it’s Boody Rogers.” ([object Object])

Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers is a real revelation... Boody Rogers' stories... don't seem to follow narrative structure. They're like Robert Crumb crossed with Li'l Abner. And they are amazing. This is the book to get if you think you know anything about comic book history; it will show you something you never would have thought existed.” ([object Object])

“If Hanks’s stories were fascinating for their anger, lunacy, and wild urgency, then these rediscovered gems are a revelation for being every bit as strange, but seemingly on purpose. It’s akin to David Bowie coming along and taking the unstoppable id of The Ramones and The Stooges and crafting something much more complex and layered... Get it together, America.  Check out this strange book and dare to dream, one last time, because dark days are ahead, and when the bullets start flying you’ll wish you spent more time laughing.” ([object Object])

“Publisher Fantagraphics has restored the color and images to its typical standards of quality...not to mention standards of unapologetic weirdness.” ([object Object])

“Boody Rogers’s work was and is a visual storm front that keeps you turning pages. I only wish our more legitimate fine art doyens and high cultured dictators of today could bring themselves down to this level of imaginative epiphany.” ([object Object])

“A 144-page whopper, rich in humor and dreamlike oddities.” ([object Object])

“This is one of the funniest comics I’ve ever read, and all I do is read comics…Just looking at his drawings makes me laugh…This book is essential. Get it or get out.” ([object Object])

Boody's absurdism is patently blue-collar. There is nothing heady or cynical or mean-spirited in these strips. They owe far more to the tradition of wives tales and folk legends than Kafka. As their syndication would likely demand, Boody’s bizarre comics are Golden Age nuggets of an off-kilter author who found a particular release in his medium.” ([object Object])

“Utterly fantastic.” ([object Object])

About the Author

Craig Yoe is the author and designer of over 25 books on popular culture. He is the former VPGM/Creative Director of The Muppets, working closely with Jim Henson and is a former Vice President Art Director for Disney. He was a Consulting Creative Director of Nickelodeon and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Art at Syracuse University. He has garnered a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, an Addy, and a Will Eisner Award, holds six patents for toy inventions, and has curated exhibits in museums from Japan to New York. His books include the Hotwire series and Bella Donna: The Pin-Up Girls of Kremos.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; Original edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560979615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560979616
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,597,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. C. Harvey on April 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
THE MOST NOTABLE of Zack Mosley's assistants on the harem-scarem aviation comic strip Smilin' Jack was Gordon "Boody" Rogers, a fellow Oklahoman, who achieved comics history by contributing a one-page strip, Rattlesnake Pete, to the first newsstand comic book of original art (not reprinted newspaper strips), a weekly tabloid called The Funnies (1929-1930), and, much later, concocting two of the medium's most outlandish creations: Sparky Watts, which starred a super-powerful bespectacled character, a parody of "the underwear boys" Rogers said, and Babe, an equally powerful female of the species. Sparky Watts graduated from newspaper strip to comic book, but Babe, although intended as a comic strip heroine, never appeared except in funnybooks.
Introduced with a short biographical essay by Yoe, who imitates Rogers' way of talking in deference to the man he doesn't hesitate to call "the Greatest Cartoonist of All Time!," both Sparky Watts and Babe are given ample display in the volume at hand, and Yoe has tossed in for giddy pleasure a Dudley story and Jasper Fudd story. But these minor creations can't hold a baby birthday candle to Sparky or Babe. Sparky Watts doesn't dwell so much on the eponymous hero's feats so much as his sidekicks' feet: Slap Happy has giant feet, and Hattie is all hat and feet and no other anatomy. Freaks, including alien beings from outer space, were the stars of Sparky Watts. Babe's comedy, on the other hand, seems more sports related--understandably.
Talking with Michael Lorah at newsarama.com in 2009, Yoe revealed the background of Rogers' strong woman: "Babe, Boody told me, got her name from `Babe' Didrikson, then the first female Olympic superstar.
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Absolutely fascinating and absolutely whacky and weird, Boody Rogers comes out as a sort of a cross between Tex Avery, Basil Wolverton, Dali and Will Elder. A very surrealistic artist, if ever there was one, and also one of the most hilarious.

The book reprints some of Rogers' comic stories just the way they looked like in the late 40's, with the original ben-day coloring process used in those days. Even the cover seems to be aged and dated with it's faux creases and torn spine and badly printed colors (don't worry, this is just a printing illusion as the cover is in perfect state and sturdy as are the interior pages which are thick and clean; this book will last for an eternity). Absolutely fabulous. Though I agree that a better input on the artist himself would have made this a truly cult item. Who was Boody Rogers and how come we have never heard of him before?

Kudos to Craig Yoe and Fantagraphics for bringing us this blast from the past, and here's hoping for many more books like this.

Very highly recommended!!!
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Craig Yoe has done it again: Introduced me to an amazing cartoonist whose work is new to me and made me an instant fan at the same time. Boody Rogers is not a household name, even among comics fans, but it should be and maybe now it will be.

What makes Boody's work so interesting - even important - is how he obviously influenced the underground cartoonists of the late Sixties. To say this work is bizarre is putting it mildly. When you realize that these stories were printed in newsstand comic books that sold to children for ten cents, it's even stranger. It's one thing to read a weird, outlandish story in Zap comics (intended for adults), but to come across one in a kid's comic is really incredible.

Case in point, a charmingly illustrated tale of Mrs. Two Ton Gooseflesh who has the peculiar habit of killing her husbands by cheerfully breaking their necks. She just can't stop! Or how about a cross-dressing Clark Gable character who infiltrates a hillbilly community and gets conked on the head by a miniature cave man? I'm not making this up. In one story, Babe, a sexy Daisy Mae type, discovers a race of centaurs in a hidden mountain retreat who ride women like they were horses. Then there's Sparky Watts, a kinda sorta super-hero who keeps shrinking down to insect size when he doesn't want to, and then visits a carnival sideshow to meet an array of freaks worthy of Basil Wolverton. Oh yeah, one of Sparky's pals is just a hat with feet named Hattie. Bear in mind, LSD hadn't even been invented yet, so this stuff came out of Boody's imagination without chemical assistance!

If you like comics and think you've seen it all, I recommend this book highly.
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If you need a shot of bizarre in your life, the work of Boody Rogers will overflow your hypo. Beautifully crafted and rendered stories with an imagination from another dimension. They ain't nobody like Boody.
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This book collects some comic books written and drawn by Boody Rogers between 1948 and 1950. These are all humor comics and they are strange but funny. The main characters here are Babe (a hillbilly girl) and Sparky Watts (a superpowered guy). There are also a couple of "teenage" comics included. Boody Rogers was a true original in the field of comic books.
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This is what comics need today... more stories just about imagination and having fun!

The whole dark, gritty violent tripe is way overdue to catch a boot and Boody is the perfect remedy for the occasion.

More please!
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