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average writing
competent art
historical bonus 2
total score 5
O.K. Comics #1
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Only Printing / April, 1972 / 36 pages / Kitchen Sink
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Bruce Walthers was 51 years old and the president of a corporation when he produced this one-man comic book for Kitchen Sink Enterprises. He established his cartooning cred in Denis Kitchen's underground newspaper The Bugle-American. Several of the strips in O.K. Comics #1 feature his signature character, Oscar Kabibbler (the "O.K." in O.K. Comics), a dimwitted, very rotund suburbanite who often shares the stage with other dimwitted, round-shaped characters.

Walthers was a competent comic artist, but with one exception most of the strips here are quietly conventional and sometimes vacuous. There are times when he can spin a lively script, but the monotony of the characters tends to slow the roll. It doesn't help when he steals Jay Lynch's concept for "Um Tut Sut" in Bijou Funnies #2 and dumbs it down for three boring pages.

It is telling that almost all of the better strips in this issue are the ones that don't feature Oscar Kabibbler, who is such a two-dimensional character. Walthers hits his peak when he leverages his skill for dialogue (and monologue) in longer stories, which move along fairly briskly because of his simple graphic compositions. There are a few examples of this in O.K. Comics #1, but the best one is "So What? Funnies," a five-page strip that careens from character to character with a nonsensical plot that offers plenty of opportunities for Walthers' better writing.
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HISTORICAL FOOTNOTES:
Kitchen Sink printed approximately 10,000 copies of this comic book. It has not been reprinted.
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COMIC CREATOR:
Bruce Walthers von Alten - 1-34, 36