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Far freaking out, man!
on 24 September 2008
Sorry, couldn't help that and if I hadn't used that title I'm sure someone else would have.
This book brings back memories of the early 70's when I had long hair and regularly visited a head shop in Newcastle's arcade where I bought my first Grateful Dead t-shirt (Skull & Roses, what else?) and picked up the occasional copy of The Furry Freak Brothers, all long since gone missing.
Along with Crumb's Fritz the Cat, the Freak Bros were the best known characters, and the longest lived, to come out of the underground comics movement of the late 60's. The reason being they were brilliantly written, outrageously funny, perceptive, satirical, scathingly cynical about just about everything, and so on. The detailed distinctive and appealing cartoonish style didn't hurt either.
Now although the core joke is that of the FB's constant search for drugs (followed by sex), the stories themselves ranged widely across all aspects of the counter-culture and the world, music, capitalism, government agencies, revolution, movies, comics, and extreme violence. Oh and let's not forget the Fat Freddy's Cat strip and said cat's constant search for food (preferably live & screaming) and place to use as a toilet (shoes and hats being good). Despite being of their time, the stories remain as fresh and funny as the day they were first published.
Over 600 pages, 224 in colour with covers and posters and other odd stuff, and a brief history of the strip, this is a bargain and a genuine masterpiece of the comic form. This is just great fun from the first to last pages and an essential purchase. It's even better than drugs, man (or so I'm told.)