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barbarian killer funnies

 

 

 

average writing
exceptional art
historical 2
score 7
Barbarian Killer Funnies
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Only Printing / July, 1974 / 36 Pages / Bud Plant
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REVIEW SCORE 6
This is a comical parody of Conan the Barbarian by Tom Bird. It might be a light read, but it's quite entertaining and the artwork is very enjoyable, especially with Bird's marvelous and diverse drawings of facial expressions. Bird clearly had the talent to work in mainstream comics, but he didn't do much work beyond this book. He contributed single stories to Promethean Enterprises #4 (1971), Yellow Dog #21 (1972), and Barbarian Comics #2 (1973), plus a scattering of other pages, which all demonstrate that he'd harbored this talent for quite some time. It's a bit surprising that he didn't get more work with his skill set.

As for Barbarian Killer Funnies, it really is rather amusing, but I would've enjoyed it even more if it was more of a sexcapade (Bird can definitely draw the babes).

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HISTORICAL FOOTNOTES:
Bud Plant printed approximately 10,000 copies of this comic book. It has not been reprinted. Beyond The First Kingdom and Anomaly, Bud Plant rarely published comic books (he devoted most of his time to being extraordinary comic-book dealer and distributor), but he may have backed this particular book because he was the first to publish Tom Bird in Promethean Enterprises #4, a terrific fanzine that Plant coedited with Al Davoren and Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. in the early '70s.
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COMIC CREATOR:
Tom Bird - 1-36