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Holy Sh*t!: The World's Weirdest Comic Books Hardcover – October 28, 2008
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I found HOLY SH*T interesting to read through because the collection of comics is so bizarre. However, I really didn't gain any insight or new knowledge from the book beyond knowing the names of some very off-the-wall comic books. I had never heard of most of these and there's a good reason for that.
HOLY SH*T is a book that will appeal to serious comic collectors, those with an interest in how propaganda has been used in history and its place in culture, and people who have a bizarre sense of humor. Other than the actual content of titles, some of which are adult in nature, the appeal and audience for the book is limited.
Each entry in turn consists of a double page spread. In every case, the right hand page consists of a cover (or more usually, _the_ cover, since most of these comic books were weird enough to go no further than a single issue). The left hand page consists of a single representative panel from the comic, together with a short blurb telling us something about it.
Obviously this format does not allow for anything to be covered in any depth. I recommend that you just think of this book as a kind of catalogue. It's up to you to decide which entries merit further exploration. This title, which Amazon sells but won't allow me to name, has already sent me on an intriguing journey through the internet without me even having to bother reading it!
Many of the comics are "alternative" or "underground comix" in a straightforward sense. Some of the more fun titles in this vein include "Amputee Love" and "Tales From The Leather Nun", both of which can be seen on the cover. There are also darker, more thoughtful brands of weird, such as "My Friend Dahmer", apparently written by a guy who actually knew serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in junior high. Plus there are a handful of comics with a message to push, such as "Chaplains at War", "The Gospel Blimp", and "Neraka": a kind of Malay Islamic version of Jack T.Read more ›
Pornish comics -- "Tales From the Leather Nun" is pretty much described by the title, "Sweeter Gwen" is classic bondage, "Amputee Love" is also pretty well described by its title, "Genus" features lesbian unicorns, etc.
Weird superheros -- 1967's "Super Green Beret" battles the Viet Cong with his super strength, 1987's "Super Shamou" is an Inuit superhero fighting the scourge of glue sniffing, 1963's "Brain Boy" tackles communism, etc.
Industry promotional comics -- the American Cancer Society's cautionary teen tale "Where There's Smoke," professional service careers like being a barber or school psychologist are touted by Popeye, Wall's Ice Cream put out "Chill" with various flavors incarnated as superheros and villains, the California Prune Growers Association attempted to crank up the excitement about prunes by publishing the horribly titled "A Fortune in Two Old Trunks" in 1955, Greyhound did the same a few years later with "Driving Like a Pro", and the Savings and Loan Association wanted kids in 1968 to know that "Saving Can Be Fun!", etc.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book for cholectors of weirdness but not all the comics here deserve the title of "the weirdest". Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by Matías Castro
Smaller than I was expecting and the comics (which are only the covers, no actual comics) weren't as weird as I was expecting.Published on October 5, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This small-format book (much smaller than a comic book) looks at some very strange comic book titles. Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by James D. Crabtree
this book contains the front covers of the worlds weirdest comics as well as a hisory and explination of the comic. only downside is i thought it was going to be a little bigger. Read morePublished on January 1, 2009 by jay the madman
Fun book to have in your collection for comic fans or place on your coffee table as a conversation piece.Published on December 14, 2008 by City Man