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solid writing
skilled art
historical bonus 3
total score 7
Nasty Tales #5
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AVERAGE SCORE 7
Only Printing / 1972 / 52 pages / Bloom Publications, Ltd.
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Nasty Tales #5 makes another plea for financial support from its readers on the inside front cover, this time mentioning that the case had been sent to trial. More than ever before, this issue is dominated by reprinted American underground comics, as there are only six pages of British-created comics. The reign of American work is so prevalent that Ogoth and Ugly Boot doesn't even make an appearance, except on the last page of the book in a single drawing of Ogoth with the word balloon "Shit! Held over till next issue!"

The first 20 pages of Nasty Tales #5 presents the first half of Tom Veitch and Greg Irons' "The Legion of Charlies," one of the finest underground comic stories in history. The other major story in the book is the conclusion of Spain Rodriguez's "Trashman Meets the Fighting She Devils," which began in the previous issue. Overall, the fifth issue is a testament to the popularity of American underground comics in the United Kingdom.
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HISTORICAL FOOTNOTES:
It is currently unknown how many copies of this comic book were printed. It has not been reprinted.
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COMIC CREATORS:
Greg Irons - 1 (illustration background), 3-22 (art)
Edward Barker - 2, 29, 32-33
Tom Veitch - 3-22 (script)
Robert Crumb - 23, 30-31, 47 (spot illustration)
Jack Jackson - 24-28
John Hurford - 34-36
Spain Rodriguez - 37-45
Jay Lynch - 46 (spot illustration)
Chris Welch - 50