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solid writing
skilled art
historical bonus 3
total score 7
Moonchild Comics #1
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Only Printing / 1968 / 8 pages / Nicola Cuti
Nicola Cuti produced the first issue of Moonchild Comics in 1968 while developing story scripts for Warren Magazines. Moonchild is a rather bizarre-looking space-traveling pixie/vixen with huge eyes and even bigger boobs. The first issue (just eight pages including the covers) is a series of one-page comic strips that include some clever humor as we learn about the not-quite-so-innocent Moonchild.

Cuti's illustrations are flat but nicely detailed and demonstrate his innate sense of composition and design that would only improve in the coming years. Moonchild Comics #1 possesses a certain charm due to Moonchild's unpretentious yet erotic persona, which is clearly intended to be sexy but also is kind of creepy with her saucer-size eyes and stubby, baby-like legs (yet she harbors these enormous breasts). In the second issue, Cuti himself describes Moonchild as his "intergalaxtic nymph" whose name is "symbolic of love and lunacy [and] the innocence with which she accepts both."

Moonchild Comics #1 was self-published by Cuti in 1968, which makes it one of the earliest underground comics, though at only eight pages it could be considered a precursor to the mini-comics era in the '70s and '80s. But by 1969, San Francisco Comic Book Company would publish the second issue, proving the viability of the character, at least within underground circles. If not for Cuti's burgeoning career in animation and script writing for several other comics, perhaps the Moonchild series would have continued. She was certainly a charming little space waif with the potential for more adventures.
It is currently unknown how many copies of this comic book were printed. It has not been reprinted

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