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Googiewaumer Comics
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Only Printing / February, 1969 / 36 pages / The Print Mint
Wendell Allen Pugh has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University, which had to help when he decided to create an underground comic book, right? Well, Pugh didn't think so. As he relayed to Mark James Estren in A History of Underground Comics, "My stuff is all fucked up because I went to school for six years and got all involved in aesthetics and professionalism, which I've decided is all bullshit. Wish I'd never learned to draw."

Perhaps if Pugh had taken on more than this comic here, he might've ended up leveraging his education a bit more. Instead, Googiewaumer Comics will stand as his legacy in the underground, and it doesn't serve him all that well. Most of Googiewaumer features "The Adventures of Super Ghurb," which are stories featuring talking trees or amoebas or whatever the hell those characters are
. There's a few funny lines in the comic, but there's even more that wanders off into incomprehensible territory.

Googiewaumer is a good example of The Print Mint being willing to print anything that walked through the door. They printed 10,000 copies of this comic book at the beginning of the underground frenzy and three years later, after millions of undergrounds had been sold, The Print Mint still had copies of Googiewaumer gathering dust in their warehouse.
The Print Mint printed approximately 10,000 copies of this comic book. It has not been reprinted.


Wendel Allen Pugh - 1-9, 11-12, 14-24, 26-36
F. Sand Jones - 10, 13, 25