Basil Wolverton’s Powerhouse Pepper, from the Fantagraphics collection published in 1994.
Originally drawn in the 1940’s, this stuff is super bizarre, and it’s hard to imagine who he was writing it for. It’s almost as hard to imagine a company publishing it, but you have to assume the editors simply didn’t care, since it was for kids. Think of the images of golden age comics and try to fit this in with them. It doesn’t.
This so goddam cool.
Just read about a panel she did at NYCC and she was awesome and wonderful. A mensch.
“Crime in Gotham, he says “is not actually caused by evil, it’s caused by systemic disenfranchisement and poverty and lack of access to job opportunities and education. And yet Batman continues on not funding police departments or schools or building low income housing, but tearing up the infrastructure of the city he claims to love while fighting villains who are only powerful because that city is already so blighted and dysfunctional.””
Early Andru and Esposito. Go look!
They don’t make comics like this these days. Or even back when it was published. The unique Don McGregor: Read something completely different.