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captain guts 1 1st
excellent writing
skilled art
historical bonus 3
total score 9
Captain Guts #1

1st Printing / 1969 / 28 Pages / The Print Mint

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Captain Guts #1 introduces us to Fillmore Grinchbottom, who is little more than a pudgy everyman until he drinks his magic potion (beer), which transforms him into the "raging avenger of the establishment." In other words, Captain Guts is an American patriot willing to maim and destroy everything that might threaten the perfect society of America in the late 1960s. In this debut of Larry Welz's influential superhero parody, Captain Guts takes on a slew of counterculture revolutionaries who threaten to taint the values of mom, baseball and apple pie.

There were four printings of this comic book, all by The Print Mint. The 1st printing (10,000 copies) was priced at 50 cents, but the price is not printed on the front cover. The 1st printing is easily distinguished from subsequent printings by the front cover art, which features Captain Guts in a white superhero costume. In the 2nd (10,000 copies), 3rd and 4th (15,000 copies each) printings, the costume is colored blue (as is the lettering on the title).
Larry Welz - 1-28
captain guts 1 2nd
2nd/3rd/4th Printing
No cover price shown, Captain Guts wears
blue costume.