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excellent writing
exceptional art
historical bonus 3
total score 8
Short Order Comix #1
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Only Printing / 1973 / 36 pages / Head Press
Though both issues of Short Order Comix receive a review score of 8, they achieve those scores through somewhat different paths. The second issue is more consistent and offers a broader scope of comic creators, but this first issue—though a bit more volatile—offers the very best of the content in the series.

The best of this content comes at the end of this issue, where Art Spiegelman's four-page "Prisoner On The Hell Planet," presents a harrowing account of the aftermath of Spiegelman's mother's suicide. Spiegelman was just 20 years old and he had already suffered an intense nervous breakdown and spent a month in a mental hospital before facing his mom's unexpected suicide. One can only imagine the agony he endured after such a horrific life event, yet Spiegelman admirably conveys that experience just a few years later in a comic book (did I already mention how underground artists
pursued deeper meaning in their creations? Yes I did).

Short Order
#1 also features Bill Griffith exposing the superficial nature of fashion models ("Zippy in 'Real Live Dolls'"), Spiegelman's satire on false muses ("Just a Piece o' Shit") and Griffith's dissertation on shallow people in which they are literally depicted as two-dimensional ("Randy and Cherisse in the 2nd Dimension").
It is currently unknown how many copies of this comic book were printed. It has not been reprinted. Based on the credits listed below, you'd expect the center spread collaboration on pages 18 and 19 to feature work by Crumb, Green, Murphy and Kinney (and whoever "Stuart" is), but they only have "cameo appearances" in the center spread. The artwork, which is quite awesome and was available as a poster for a short time back when this was published, is primarily a collaboration between Spiegelman, Griffith and Schenkman.


Art Spiegelman (aka Skeeter Grant) - 1, 6, 9-12, 18-19 (collaboration), 24, 29, 31-34
Joe Schenkman - 2, 7, 14, 18-19 (collaboration), 20-23, 28, 30, 35
Bill Griffith - 3-5, 8, 13, 15-17, 18-19 (collaboration), 25-27, 30, 36
Robert Crumb - 18-19 (collaboration)
Justin Green - 18-19 (collaboration)
Willy Murphy - 18-19 (collaboration)
Jay Kinney 18-19 (collaboration)
"Stuart" - 18-19 (collaboration)