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solid writing
exceptional art
historical bonus 3
total score 8
Rip Off Comix #10
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Only Printing / Spring 1982 / 52 pages / Rip Off Press
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Rip Off Comix #10 continues the structure of the previous two issues, with domestic comics taking up the first half of the book followed by a section of European comics selected by Gilbert Shelton. This issue features cartoonists from Spain, though Shelton warns that the comics presented here are relatively demure (due to Rip Off Comix's "low-profile editorial policy) compared to the sex-and-violence depravity the Spaniards get away with in their own country (and their national adult humor magazine, El Vibora).

Indeed, the Spanish comics here are hit and miss, lacking the brilliance that occasionally glimmered in the previous issue's French comics. The American comics in the first half of the book fare slightly better, as Shelton contributes the amusing "The Fabulous Furry Freak Broz in the 21st Century" and the long-awaited third chapter in Wonder Wart-Hog's "The Battle of the Titans." The third installment sees our hero escape from his non-existence and reunite with his little brother Paranoid Punkpig, a warthog from ancient times named Piltdown Pig, and a warthog from the future named Pig-of-the-Future, to fight the crime wave that had run rampant in Muthalode since Wonder's elimination from existence... oh crap, you're just gonna have to read the story to (maybe) make sense of it all!

Frank Stack (aka Foolbert Sturgeon) provides what we fervently hope is only the first chapter in "Frank Crankcase's Time Machine" (which turns out to be true by the next issue, but it's not quite the thrill we imagined it). In this tale of suburban boredom, "midwestern intellectual" Frank Crankcase orders a time machine from Woolco and heads out on a time-traveling adventure, but because of some hasty decisions he ends up in big trouble, but thank God God is there to bail him out! At least this time.

Rip Off #10 is a solid entry in the early history of Rip Off Comix, though it turned out to be the last of the publication's comic-format issues. As promised by managing editor Frappington Wildebeest VII (this has to be Fred Todd, right?), Rip Off would enlarge its format and include interior color pages the next issue, thereby launching the publication into its "mature" phase and, despite a lengthy hiatus in production due to finances, cementing the title's place in comic anthology history.
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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:

Gilbert Shelton - 1 (shared), 2, 3-7 (collaboration), 9-18 (collaboration), 24, 25 (text), 48-49, 52
Dave Sheridan - 1 (shared), 3-7 (collaboration)
Paul Mavrides - 1 (shared), 3-8 (collaboration), 8 (collaboration), 50 (collaboration)
Frank Stack - 1 (shared), 19-23
Guy Colwell - 1 (color)
Hal Robins - 8 (collaboration)
Tony Bell - 9-18 (collaboration)
Joe E. Brown - 9-18 (collaboration)
Onliyu - 25 (text)
G. Cifre - 26
Gallardo - 27-31 (collaboration)
Mediavilla - 27-31 (collaboration)
Sento - 32
Marti - 33-35
Max - 36-37
Kim - 38-39
Mazario - 40-43
Montesol - 44
Simonides - 45-47
Cecile Anguera - 50 (collaboration)
Hal Robins - 51 (spot illo for letters page)
Jay Kinney - 51 (spot illo for ad)