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junkwaffel 3 1st
excellent writing
exceptional art
historical bonus 2
total score 7
Junkwaffel #3
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1st Printing / 1972 / 36 pages / The Print Mint
The first half of Junkwaffel #3 comprises three short stories of varying quality, but mostly pretty good. The opener, "The Masked Lizard," is especially entertaining, and was the first comic strip Bodé published while attending Syracuse University in December, 1964 (it appeared in an off-campus magazine, The Sword of Damacles).

The second half of the book delivers "The Junkwaffel Papers No. 1," an illustrated story told in the first person by Vaughn Bodé. The text-heavy story relates a series of radio transmissions broadcast inside of Bodé's head, which originate from a race of intelligent lizards on the distant planet Plumpstickel 5. "The Junkwaffel Papers No. 1" is quite intriguing and features some unique self-portraits of Bodé as a young college student (sporting a necktie, no less).
There are three printings of this comic book, all of them easily distinguished by the cover price. The 1st printing (20,000 copies) was published by the Print Mint and has a 50-cent cover price. The 2nd printing (10,000 copies) is by the Print Mint and has a 75-cent cover price. The 3rd printing (unknown copies) is by Last Gasp and has a $2.50 cover price.
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