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bogeyman 1
solid writing
skilled art
historical bonus 4
total score 9
Bogeyman Comics #1

Only Printing / Fall, 1968 / 32 Pages / S.F. Comic Book Co.

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Bogeyman #1 is probably one of the first dozen or so undergrounds that followed in the wake of Zap Comix #1 in 1968. It was written and illustrated by Rory Hayes and edited and published by Gary Arlington after they became friends through Arlington's comic book shop in the Mission District of San Francisco.

The first issue of Bogeyman is quite different from any other underground (even subsequent issues of Bogeyman). On the surface, it is as Jay Kennedy described, "Horror comix in an EC Comics tradition." But Rory's illustrations are comically crude compared to the EC masters, and his stories are juvenile nightmares that barely frighten. However, as reported by many underground collectors, there is a certain charm to Rory's work, and to this comic in particular. I think the stories, and even the primitive yet elaborate artwork, resonate with many readers who shared the type of inner demons during childhood that Rory likely suffered.

A comic for the ages for some, amateurish swill for others. Count me in with the former.

San Francisco Comic Book Company printed approximately 5,000 copies of this comic book. It has not been reprinted.

Gary Arlington - (editor) 27-30 (text)
Rory Hayes - 1-26, 32