When Weirdo first premiered nearly 40 years ago ( > Good Lord, Choke! < ), it would have been hard to imagine it ever being the subject of a coffee table book, but times change! Here we have a heavy duty, oversize, 288 page book chock full of photos, illustrations, and, of course, comics – entirely in black & white, natch' – edited, and largely written, by comics scholar Jon B. Cooke, with plenty of help from Weirdo alumni. In addition to covering the life and times of the magazine and its contributors – most notably, and centrally, R. Crumb – there are plenty of interesting asides to tangential issues such as Weirdo's connection to the Church of the Sub-Genius, its link to the creation of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. the influence of Bruce Duncan's Tele-TImes, and much more!
What goes around, comes around, and here we are back at square one with the "issue zero" of Slow Death, one of the longest running titles of the original wave of underground comix, premiering in 1970. Here we have a 128 page softcover trade edition filled with all new comics work (and one Crumb reprint), in (mostly) full color and black and white. Featuring a host of Slow Death alumni along with a few fresh faces from the newer generations of cartoonists, the stories here address climate change and impending doom in one way or another, and to varying degrees of ghastliness (although WIlliam Stout's opening contribution starts things off on a relatively optimistic note). This anthology includes what must be one of the very last stories Richard Corben drew, which is fitting given his long association with the title.