I recently joined the Insight Out Book Club
in order to make off like a bandit with a bunch of otherwise overpriced gay comics. Though their offerings tend to be priced higher than those of other clubs (and BUY.com
), their catalogs are excellent for browsing purposes. (I mean, where else would I find out that there are two pages worth of gay-themed teen novels, and Boy Meets Boy
Thank God! is not the only one out there?) I've heard on the grapevine, as well, that the club might be in danger of folding. *shakes head* That would really be a shame...
Anyway, here's the last of the Introductory Offer steals:Stangroom, Howard and Stephen Lowther. Prime Cuts: All-Male Strips from GAY COMIX, MEATMEN, and elsewhere. Berlin: Bruno Gmünder, 2005.Summary
: An anthology of reprinted UK gay comic strips first printed in the 80's-90's. Includes sci-fi, superhero, and slice-of-life strips. Comments
: Ah, well. I guess it was too much to hope that this anthology would be as good or exquisitely-drawn as Patrick Fillion's Mighty Males
. Still, it is reasonably entertaining if gay comics are your sort of thing, and gay-friendly readers will undoubtedly be terribly amused by the authors' tongue in cheek homages to Archie
and Silver Age superhero comics. They do it so well that, if it weren't for the imperfect lettering job, I would've thought the artist was American. Actually, despite the proclamation of "All-Male Strips" on the cover, there are also a few lesbian characters and stories to give things variety, but all of the explicit sex is male-male. I liked the first story the most (writer and sexually-liberated alien who has come to investigate Earth), and the one about the last man on Earth finding, well, the other last man on Earth and making due with what's available was rather amusing. The longest multi-chapter story, about a superheroic Captain Alpha pursuing his kidnappped partner, only to find out that said partner was attempting to dump him in favor of the villain was...*sighs* less than exciting. Oh, and they obviously DESPISE Margaret Thatcher. I guess she said something anti-gay, huh? Oh, and I have to ask: Why is is the BLUE guy who has the circumsized penis?? Worth a once-over look-see--provided that you can get it on the cheap as I did--and not much else, other than the historical footnote.Notes
: paperback, 1st editionRating
- It's gotta be your thing from the start, simple as that.