Omnibus - Every Freak Brothers story rolled into one bumper package

publisher: Knockabout
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language: English
coloring: full color

From Publishers Weekly

First rearing its shaggy head during the thick of the psychedelic era, Sheltons classic series could be cited as the Big Bang of stoner humor as we now understand the genre, predating Cheech & Chong's THC-based antics and stoner humor in general by a few years. Differing from much of the mean-spirited material found in the nascent underground genre by being legitimately funny, the Freak Brothers slacked their way from one misadventure to another, getting ripped off by dealers, avoiding work and staying as completely stoned as possible. Fat Freddy, Phineas and Freewheelin Franklins existence reads like a pothead sitcom, the characters world defined first in a series of short stories, and longer, even epic tales allow Shelton to run wild as the gags fly fast and furious. This massive 40th anniversary omnibus edition collects the entirety of the series, and as Shelton so famously observed, Dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no dope, so in these financially uncertain times its a downright steal for its price. (Oct.)
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About the Author

Born in 1940, Gilbert Shelton's unlikely first venture into the world of comics was doing strips for Boy Scout publications when he was still at school. At university in Austin, Texas, he became editor of the official student magazine, The Texas Ranger for $100 an issue. This was to prove Shelton's last 'real job', for in 1968, after contributing to various underground Comix with his earliest character Wonder Wart-Hog, and designing posters for rock concerts, he created The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. Soon after, with some friends he set up Rip Off Press in San Francisco, from where Freak Brothers strips were soon syndicated, borrowed (or stolen) by a host of underground newspapers and magazines. The first actual Freak Brothers comic was published in 1971. Fat Freddy's Cat, the feline world's number one cat, started out as a footnote strip to the Freak Brothers but since 1975 has led an independent and very successful life of his own.

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