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freak brothers 2 1st
brilliant writing
masterpiece art
historical bonus 4
total score 9
The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers #2
1st Printing / 1972 / 52 pages / Rip Off Press
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Freak Brothers #2 leads off with "Shootout at the County Slammer," a story about the Freak Brothers' cousin Country Cowfreak getting jailed by the cops for his huge inventory of drugs. The Freak Brothers visit the county jail and try to break him out, but soon discover Country really doesn't want to leave! The boys wish they'd known that before killing half the cops in the county! Fat Freddy appears to be in serious jeopardy of getting beat to death by an army of reinforcement cops before we learn that his near death has nothing to do with a jail break or killing pigs.

After five single-page Freak Brothers strips from the L.A. Free Press, Dave Sheridan gives us the four-page "Buster Foyt Esq." in which the hero of the title visits a packed stadium and conjures up a hippie fantasy to end all fantasies. That's followed by a short Dopin' Dan story and a funny four-page Bobby London tale, "Doctor Dope."

The second issue closes with an 18-page epic tale from Gilbert Shelton in which the Freak Brothers visit each of their parents' homes. Not to be missed and just one more example of why Shelton is one of the greatest comic creators in history (and not just in underground comics).
There are 17 printings of this comic book, all by Rip Off Press. It is currently unknown how many copies were produced during any of the printings, but I would guess Rip Off was printing at least 20,000 copies every time, and potentially as many as 50,000 copies or more for the early printings, given how fast the books were selling out in the 1970s. A summary of the print edition differentiators are notated below:
1st printing: 50-cent cover price, rainbow-colored ink on the inside front cover (IFC).
2nd printing: 50-cent cover price, blue ink on the IFC, glossy cover.
3rd printing: 50-cent cover price, blue ink on the IFC, matt cover.
4th printing: 50-cent cover price, yellow streak at top of front cover.
5th printing: 50-cent cover price, pink interior paper, rainbow or blue ink on IFC.
6th printing: 50-cent cover price, black and white art on IFC.
7th printing: 60-cent cover price.
8th printing: 75-cent cover price.
9th printing: $1.00 cover price.
10th printing: $1.25 cover price.
11th printing: $1.50 cover price.
12th printing: $2.00 cover price.
13th printing: $2.50 cover price.
14th printing: $2.95 cover price.
15th printing: $3.25 cover price.
16th printing: $3.95 cover price.
17th printing: $4.95 cover price.
Gilbert Shelton - 1-17, 26-27, 32-50, 52
Dave Sheridan - 18-21
Ted Richards - 22-25
Bobby London - 28-32

freakbrothers2-2nd _ freakbrothers2-3rd   freakbrothers2-5th
2nd Printing
50-cent cover, blue ink used on IFC, glossy cover stock.
3rd Printing
50-cent cover, blue ink used on IFC,matt cover stock
5th Printing
50-cent cover, pink interior paper, rainbow or blue ink on IFC.
freakbrothers2-7th _ freakbrothers2-10th _ freakbrothers2-11th
7th Printing
60-cent cover.
10th Printing
$1.25 cover.
11th Printing
$1.50 cover.