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solid writing
skilled art
historical bonus 2
total score 7
Moondog #1
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1st-2nd Printing / March, 1970 / 28 pages / The Print Mint
Moondog is a sci-fi fantasy series from fanzine veteran George Metzger that features a blind shaman (named Moondog) in a postapocalyptic world that has completely broken down and hosts only small groups of survivors and survivalists. Moondog leads his followers on a journey towards some sort of utopia and encounters various mystical adventures along the way.

There is some interesting writing and innovative comic illustration in Moondog (especially in this first issue), but ultimately it doesn't engage quite as well as some other works in the same genre (The First Kingdom comes to mind). I am not a big fan of most of Metzger's work and Moondog does little to convince me that he was an exceptional sci/fi fantasy comics creator (a genre that I actually enjoy very much, as demonstrated by my reverence for Heavy Metal.)

That said, if you are a fan of complex/mystical science fiction fantasy comics, you should check out Moondog, because there is plenty of meat on these bones and you might like the taste of it more than I did.
There are two printings of this comic book, both by The Print Mint. The 1st and 2nd printings are believed to be indistinguishable from one another
. Both printings had production runs of approximately 10,000 copies.

George Metzger - 1-28