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solid writing
skilled art
historical bonus 2
total score 6
People are Phony
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REVIEW SCORE 7
Only Printing / September, 1976 / 36 pages / Barry Siegel and Bruce Simon
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Barry Siegel and Bruce Simon collaborated on a fair number of comics in the early to mid 1970s, with Siegel as the writer and Simon as the artist. They edited three books that included a lot of their own work (Lean Years and Savage Humor being the others), and I think People are Phony is their most enjoyable read.

The book is filled with off-kilter comedy that sometimes misses the mark or falls a bit flat at the climax, but still includes funny dialogue or social observations. Simon's artwork is never less than solid and lush with details, which helps keep the reader engaged. I enjoyed the book more after a second reading, which may mean I was initially less than appreciative of their brilliance or growing accustomed to their peculiar humor (or perhaps I was just so nonplussed by the cover art that it took time to get over it). In any case, People are Phony is well worth a look.
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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:
Barry Siegel - 1-36 (script)
Bruce Simon - 1-36 (art)
Tom Orzechowski - 1-36 (additional lettering)
Roger Freedman - 1-36 (additional lettering)