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The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers Omnibus Paperback – September 20, 2008
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First rearing its shaggy head during the thick of the psychedelic era, Sheltons classic series could be cited as the Big Bang of stoner humor as we now understand the genre, predating Cheech & Chong's THC-based antics and stoner humor in general by a few years. Differing from much of the mean-spirited material found in the nascent underground genre by being legitimately funny, the Freak Brothers slacked their way from one misadventure to another, getting ripped off by dealers, avoiding work and staying as completely stoned as possible. Fat Freddy, Phineas and Freewheelin Franklins existence reads like a pothead sitcom, the characters world defined first in a series of short stories, and longer, even epic tales allow Shelton to run wild as the gags fly fast and furious. This massive 40th anniversary omnibus edition collects the entirety of the series, and as Shelton so famously observed, Dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no dope, so in these financially uncertain times its a downright steal for its price. (Oct.)
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I'll never forget my intorduction to the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. While sitting on a 9 hour bus trip in Europe back in 1981 my buddy Dan-Daly passed me a copy of one of the FFFB's comics and I read it from cover to cover laughing the whole way.
Later, in 1985 I found a head shop/record store in San Marcos, Texas that carried the FFFB's comics as they were released. I eagerly awaited each publication.
If you are familiar with the FFFB's comics there is no need for me to review the content...you alreay know how funny, smart and comtemporary they were to the 1970's pot smoking scene.
Like President Clinton "I never inhaled" but despite the fact that I did not get high the comics and I made an immediate connection to the world of the FFFbs. The three brothers Phineas, Franklin and Fat Freddy are the comic world equal to Cheech and Chong...only better. Yes they are that good/funny. Sorry Cheech and Tommy.
The Ominbus contains all the comics that mad you howl back in the day. Some in black and white, some in color...true to the original publishings.
The only problem is that some of the type and frame size of some of the offerings in the Omibus are TOO DAMN SMALL.
My 44 year old eyes can't read some of the gems hidden on the pages of the book. I still have all of the well worn and read original comics (in protective plastic covers)in my collection, good thing as I need them to fill in where I can't make out the type in the Omnibus.
If you were a fan of Fat Freddy's Cat or the on going battle with the Roaches be prepared to be disapointed.
You need a magnifying glass with a built-in light to be able to read them.
None the less I am still amazed at how cool my wife was to score me this Omibus for X-Mass...I'll be passing it along to Dan...as a gift of thanks 27 years later for the introduction to the super cool, funny and clever world of the FFFB's.
Gilbert Shelton is the owner of the most well exectuted, consistent and polished underground comic (FFFB's) from the era. To have the Omnibus (which is nearly the size of a city phone book) is so cool.
The Omibus contains a plea for help funding a FFFB's movie through contribuitions, donations or investment. There are a couple of claymation stills showing what the movie would look like. There is even an provision to be able to buy a number of frames where your name will be displayed in the film.
I always thought Ron Jeremy would make a great Fat Freddy...even if they go with Claymation Ron would be perfect...he's of the era and loves mainstream film work...hire him if it comes to pass Gilbert!
Anyway, these are my thoughts on the Omibus...I do read it and enjoy it...at least the pages I can make out. Thank god I still have the original comics so when I can't make out the type I can refer back to the original source.
Long live Gilbert Shelton and the FFFB's!!!
Come back to America Gilbert...we need you!
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