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excellent writing
skilled art
historical bonus 3
total score 8
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Snarf #7
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Only Printing / February 1977 / 36 pages / Kitchen Sink Enterprises
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Snarf #7 follows the series' best issue ever, so one might think it hard to live up to recent expectations. And it doesn't, quite, but it comes pretty close with some ambitious comics from some of the most respected underground creators ever. Steve Stiles get it going on the inside front cover with a glimpse towards future society that concludes with an amusing—and appropo—twist.

Joel Beck jumps in with his first long-form story for Snarf entitled "The Call of the Wild!" The story's premise is a pure role reversal that features two bears in the forest who enjoy heading into the city and hunting humans for sport. It gets complicated when one of the bears picks up a baby human and the other bear must shoot the baby's mother when she tries to defend her child. The bears end up adopting the baby human as a pet, but that proves more trouble than it's worth. "The Call of the Wild!" is straightforward story with enough clever insights and twists to keep a Joel Beck fan happy.

Trina Robbins is yet another Comix Book veteran who begins contributing to Snarf with "Rosie the Riveter." In real life, Rosie the Riveter was a fictional icon (based on multiple real sources) that represented the huge influx of American women laborers into factories during World War II. Over the decades, Rosie the Riveter became a symbol of feminism and women's economic power, which Robbins leveraged for her story. In "Rosie the Riveter," Rosie thwarts a nefarious Nazi plot to replace American pin-up models and Hollywood stars with evil robots. The story concludes with a brilliant and prescient peek into the future of American leadership.

George Metzger returns with another tale from the woods, this one entitled "Gypsy Ginger." It's about a couple living in the Sierra-Nevada mountains getting a visit from a friend named Ginger (who's a dude and a drug runner, by the way), who talks the male half of the couple (named Dan) into visiting the city. Dan's visit to the city causes him to "remember why I left the city." Metzger proves once again that he's as powerful a storyteller outside the science fiction-fantasy world as he is inside it.

Kim Deitch continues to expand Snarf's roster of all-stars by contributing "Pups in Paradise," a relatively bland Miles Microft adventure that still delivers plenty of classic Deitch scowls, shocks, accusations and raised eyebrows. Ah, Metzger and Deitch: two of the most prodigious workers in the biz toiling for the most prodigious: Denis Kitchen.

Justin Green provides "Matriculation," a bizarre little story about the rat race and corporate conformity that demonstrates that free-thinkers and iconoclasts do not mix well with a square-peg society. Sharon Kahn Rudahl returns to contribute "The Secret Agent," an international thriller with a surprise ending. Snarf regular Howard Cruse finally reveals "How Barefootz Was Created," but the story tells us a helluva lot more about the history of Howard Cruse than how Barefootz was actually created. Which may be to our benefit, after all.

Joel Beck closes the book with the one-page "It's a Dog's Life!" It's a somber and depressing peek into the final hours of a sweet mutt and his all-too-human family, made even more depressing because the story seems to come out of the blue after the Cruse silliness.

Snarf #7 stays in range of the high standards set by the previous issue, though it took the heart-wrenching final story from Beck to boost up the total review score to within a point of Snarf #6.
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HISTORICAL FOOTNOTES:
Kitchen Sink printed approximately 10,000 copies of this comic book. It has not been reprinted. With this issue, Kitchen Sink shifted from newsprint interior pages to white- paper-stock interior pages, which was a significant upgrade in quality. Even the 2nd printing of Snarf #6, which took place a few months after this issue debuted, was produced with white paper stock for the interior pages.
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COMIC CREATORS:

Denis Kitchen - editor
Art Spiegelman - 1
Steve Stiles - 2, 36
Joel Beck - 3-8, 14, 26, 34
Trina Robbins - 9-13
George Metzger - 15-18
Kim Deitch - 19-22 (art, script collaboration)
Sally Cruikshank - 19-22 (script collaboration)
Justin Green - 23-25
Sharon Kahn Rudahl - 27-30
Howard Cruse - 31-33