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spotty writing
competent art
historical bonus 2
total score 4
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REVIEW SCORE 7
Snapper #2
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Only Printing / 1975 / 36 pages / Artists at Large
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If Gregg Miller had been able to elevate his game for the second issue of Snapper, we might've had a minor classic on our hands, but instead we only get an inferior version of what we got in the first issue. Which means the second and final issue of this title fails (however slightly) to live up to it predecessor.

Snapper
#2 opens with "Saturn and Goobie are Free Thinking," which features the same young (and assholian) couple that opened Snapper #1. This time they're entertaining another young couple at their modest home in some snow-driven suburb of America (apparently near Washington D.C.). Saturn (the dude) and his buddy escape the house while their better halves are discussing the finer points of gardening and head off to the grocery store for some undisclosed reason. They decide to drive along a frozen river to save time (this is apparently some great northeastern tradition?), which leads a van driven by E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy to follow their path, which leads to them crashing into the frozen river....

Holy fuck, why am I trying to summarize this story? It requires an all-too-lengthy explanation and much more exposition than it's worth (haha, now you have to buy the comic to understand!). Bottom line, "Free Thinking" is a seven-page sociopolitical satire that delivers a weak punchline at the end. Boom! Review done!

After one of Miller's typically amusing "Beaks" one-pagers (I'd love to see a book with nothing but "Beaks" stories), he provides an interesting parody of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with the 15-page "Patty in Wonderland." Patty is a sexy young coed with a rich family and has a cat named Dinah, who like the white rabbit in Lewis Carroll's book, leads Patty down a hole in the ground that opens up a radical new world with a psychedelic atmosphere.
As the central story, "Patty in Wonderland" represents the essence of Snapper #2, and while Patty's personal transformation is intriguing, the story offers little more than trite pabulum about social revolution. Still, "Wonderland" is the most entertaining long-form story in the book.

After another "Beaks" one-pager that whets our appetite for more pithy observations of society, Snapper #2 closes with eight pages of mediocrity. Some of it is just crap (the R. Chancey pages are abysmal), and some just hasn't aged well, but either way there's nothing to write home about. The weaker material lowers the overall review score by at least a couple points, which is a common refrain for lesser undergrounds. Every book must be evaluated for the entire spectrum of its content (as Everwuchawe so amply demonstrates), and the Snapper series doesn't sustain the quality that its best stories delivered.

Despite all that, I'm glad to retain Snapper in my collection. It's one of the many undergrounds that falls short of the breathtaking pinnacles of the genre, but demonstrates the grass roots, do-it-yourself approach that makes undergrounds so compelling to begin with.
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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:

Gregg Miller - 1-28, 31-36
R. Chancey - 29-30