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harold hedd 2 1st
brilliant writing
exceptional art
historical bonus 3
total score 10
Harold Hedd #2
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1st Printing / September, 1973 / 36 pages / Last Gasp Eco-Funnies
Anus-Clenching Adventure with Harold Hedd, aka Harold Hedd #2, came out in September of 1973, and is generally considered the best Canadian underground comic from the golden era. Without question, it's one of my all-time favorite undergrounds. It's one long Harold Hedd story, "Wings Over Tijuana," a drug-smuggling adventure which is brilliantly written and illustrated. In a complex plot, Hedd and his cousin Elmo end up flying a 1942 WW2 bomber plane loaded with pot from Mexico to British Columbia; a dangerous mission with unexpected consequences.

Rand Holmes never tried to disguise his affection (or usage) of marijuana in his life or in his comics, and Harold Hedd #2 is a prime example of his passion for pot. But even if you don't indulge in the magical weed, you are sure to find enjoyment in this rollicking adventure, which is cinematic in scope and provides a fine synopsis for a great buddy flick.
There are nine printings of this comic book, all by Last Gasp and each producing 10,000 copies. The 1st printing is the only one with a 50-cent cover price. The 2nd through 5th printings all had 75-cent cover prices and are currently considered indistinguishable from one another. The 6th printing has a $1.00 cover price, the 7th printing is $1.25, the 8th printing is $1.50 and the 9th printing is $2.50.

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