Here we go again (mystery photo and weird scans)
Hey there. Here's a post I was set to put up before getting sucker-punched by that suspended notice. in my usual way, it's some non-superhero material and a mystery photo of someone involved with comics.
I hope this first scan is legible enough to enjoy. It was a Xerox page someone gave me, lo these many years ago. The more I mess with the contrast, the worse it looks, so I'll let it be. We see Gilbert Shelton's Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers go to a diner. (For added fun, try to imagine a Freak Brothers page written and drawn by Steve Ditko. Or Howard Chaykin. Or Alex Ross. You won't know whether to laugh or cry.)
A typically weird and surreal page from Art Spiegelman. It's not as brain-destroying as some of his stuff, where one panel shows through another or whether the narrative keeps changing the art or where, let's face it, you can't be certain just what the hell is supposed to be going on. Spiegelman is a genius on his own level, but he sure likes to toy with the medium. This is from 1974's SHORT ORDER# 2.
Actually, I think a few of you have already identified this writer/artist before you even get this far in the sentence. Be that as it may, this chap was a Golden Age creator with a unique style, equally good at humor or horror or crime. He ended up doing full-page cartoons for a glossy magazine and making more money on a single cartoon than he got for an entire issue of [oops].