Sunday, March 10, 2013

Comic Covers Sunday: Critters

People often forget that it isn't all about them.  Heck, it isn't even all about people in comic books.  One of the best of the fuzzy animal books was called Critters.

Critters #1, June 1986
Design: Joshua Quagmire
Pencils/Inks:Joshua Quagmire; Stan Sakai; Steven A Gallacci
This is it... the first appearance of Usagi Yojimbo.  That's right, the ronin rabbit started right here!  Bet'cha didn't know that.

Critters #4, September 1986
Painted: Ken Macklin
One of the things I liked about these covers is that the editors went all out.  This is a fantastic parody of... well every Conan cover. 

Critters #8, January 1987
Pencils/inks: Mark Armstrong
Did you notice that this cover was from the man who would later work on Peter Porker, The Amazing Spider-Ham.

Critters #9, February 1987
Pencils/inks: Tom Stazer
This cover looks like an old Zap! comix cover.  I wonder if that's Fat Freddie's Cat?  If it were, it would explain the psychedelic colors.

Critters #39, July1989
Pencils/inks: J.P. Morgan
And 30 issues later it looks like it's gone off the tracks.  Actually the only reason I picked this was because it was so crazy.  I'm curious to see the insides now.

That's all for this week, go out and enjoy the snow or sun... depending on where you live.


1 comment:

  1. Actually, Usagi Yojimbo first appeared in the story entitled "Usagi Yojimbo" in Albedo Anthropomorphics issue #2 (November 1984), published by Steve Gallacci's Thoughts and Images. Usagi also appeared in Albedo #3 (April 1985) and #4 (July 1985) in the two-part story "Lone Rabbit and Child" before moving to Fantagraphics's Critters anthology. The story "Usagi Yojimbo" was later renamed "The Goblin of Adachigahara" when it was reprinted in Fantagraphics Usagi Yojimbo Summer Special in October 1986.