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solid writing
skilled art
historical bonus 3
total score 7
Nasty Tales #4
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Only Printing / 1972 / 52 pages / Bloom Publications, Ltd.
Nasty Tales #4 is the first issue that addresses the obscenity bust that took place in June, 1971 when the police seized 275 copies of Nasty Tales #1 from the editorial office. The inside front cover of this issue asks for reader donations to the legal defense fund, explaining that "these legal run-ins with the piggies cost lots and lots of money."

This issue is once again dominated by reprints of American underground comics, which comprise the first 20+ pages of the book. These include a fine story from Robert Crumb about Mr. Natural and his fawning disciples, Gilbert Shelton's "The Freak Brothers Go To College" from 1969, and a chapter of Spain Rodriguez's "Trashman Meets the Fighting She Devils." British comics include an installment of Ogoth and Ugly Boot ("Ogoth and the Sky Women") and a few pages of Edward Barker one-pagers.
It is currently unknown how many copies of this comic book were printed. It has not been reprinted.
Edward Barker - 2, 24-25, 34, 43, 48 (shared), 50 (shared)
Robert Crumb -3-9, 46-47 (shared)
Gilbert Shelton - 10-13
Dave Shelton - 14-16
Spain Rodriguez - 17, 35-42
S. Clay Wilson - 18-19
Jay Lynch - 20-23
Edward Barker - 24-25
Chris Rowley - 26-31 (script collaboration)
Mick Farren - 26-31 (script collaboration)
Chris Welch - 26-31 (art)
Skip Williamson - 32-33
Ralph Edney - 44

P. Dufficcy - 51