Alright, so here’s a hot comic from Canada’s underground which, as I write this, is selling for $156 on ebay. Completely produced by David Stewart Geary, or Dave Geary, the comic focuses primarily on beer and features much of the same bawdy tones as many other comix of its time. Geary was another master of the Underground comix age in Canada, producing other titles such as Gopher Freedom and Fleshapoids.
Definitely some mature content, and I have to tell an anecdote. Inside the front cover in the indicia, there is what I assume to be a purposeful “typo”. This typo asserts that the comic was published by Public Pubications, and not Public Publications. I laughed, which I’m sure was the intent of the writer. The funnier still was the entry made in the old finding aid. The person who went through this collection before me did not put down a publisher! There’s no way they could have missed this, and it’s blasphemy that they put nothing. What I assume happened was that they couldn’t cross check it, and rather than embarrassingly putting down what was there, they put nothing at all.
Published in Saskatoon in September of 1971, the heart of the Underground comix era, Geary did put out two more issues after this one. Here are the titles from Beer Comix #1:
Chimo Queen of the Ritz in Love’s Labours
Eco Tunes and Murky Maladies
I Love My Frog
Goony Bunny answers that Age Old Question, “Is it Sex or is it Lust?”
Things to Do: “How to Get on Everybody’s Nerves”
Dream of the Rave Beer Fiend
Love on the Slopes: A Shelly James Ture Romance Adventure
A Beer Comix Vignette
Chimo Queen of the Ritz
Lurid Pap Comix
Goony Bunny the Philosopher Rabbit
Stark, Scary and Lustful
A New Era Dawns in Agadir-Morocco
In the first Chimo comic, Chimo’s name is given this introduction:
*Chimo (Pron. CHEE-MO) Ancient Canadian Colloquialism. Mod. trans. “Eat poop white eyes”
See also: Bridge City Beer Comix and Bridge City Revue.
Lewd, vulgar and hilarious. This is one of the best comics that I think has ever come out of Canada. Published in 1973, All Canadian Beaver Comix is the product of Canadian underground comix geniuses Brent Boates, Rand Holmes and Falcioni. The comic book is a collection of their work that was originally published by the controversially left newspaper the Georgia Straight, in Vancouver, BC and was distributed in both the US and Canada. The paper is also the publisher of this comic as well as comics by other artists and more of Holmes’ work.
Along with its already bawdy nature, one of the more notable comics in the book is Holmes’ humourous criticism of the controversial excerpts on homosexuality from the book Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Too Afraid to Ask). The progressive comic aggressively uses both comedy and satire to break down barriers about sexuality while also just being very comfortable with the topic.
The contents are:
Hold Hard (Inside Cover intro) features character Emmanual Cunt by Falcioni
Vito Yaruntski in The Fatal Orgasm by Brent Boates
“Now How Did That Grab Ya” filler by Falcioni
Harold Hedd’s Bike Song* *As sung to the tune of the…”Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” by Rand Holmes
Introducing Quantum Quackster in “Quantum Pulls a Fast One!” by Falcioni
The Origins of Beaverman by Brent Boates
The Continuing Adventures of Harold Hedd by Rand Holmes
Kuolu Kala by Tapani Knuutila
Buckets of Saliva by Brent Boates
Beaver Comix add (Back cover).
Sadly the comic only lasted one issue, perhaps as just a stand alone collection. For further reading of Holmes’ work see the book The Artist Himself: A Rand Holmes Retrospective which includes both biographical information and some reprinted comics.