Wednesday, January 04, 2006

WHY KAMANDI IS THE BEST COMIC EVER (and if you disagree you are wrong)

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Want a recipe for delicious comic goodness?

Take one cup of cut-off pants.
Add a tablespoon of feathered hair and a laser gun.
Mix in an ample portion of talking animals, including Tiger Pirates and Dogs dressed as Prussians.
Pour in a gallon of Apocolyptic wasteland filled with Giant Grasshoppers and Atomic Mutant Men with Cyclotronic hearts.
Stir it all into a Jack Kirby casserole dish and let simmer at a million dgrees for twenty years.

When that pie comes out, it will be the most tasty thing you've ever put in your mouth.

KAMANDI rules with an iron fist clutching a toblerone. It is my favorite comic series ever, and this is probably my fourth or fifth blog post about it. I can't stop kneeling at it's altar. It beckons me into the heavens with an unearthly light, and there are one hundered virgins waiting for me on the other side.

First of all, the protagonist is named Kamandi, which is the best name ever. He was named after the bomb shelter underworld he grew up in. Minnesota Fats, Tennessee Williams and "Command D" Kamandi. Secondly, he wears the coolest outfit ever. Feathered hair like Keith Partridge, no shirt (who needs one?), and cut off jeans with cavalry boots. Add a holster with laser pistol, and you have the perfect ensemble for a Last Boy on the Go. He is a tough little joe with spunk and wits and a mute girlfriend named Flower who is retarded. His best friend is a scientist dog, but he also hangs with Ben Boxer and the Mutant Boys, three hippies with Cyclotronic hearts.

(Apparently if you have a cyclotronic heart, you can punch yourself in the chest and turn to steel. Tell me that doesn't kick ass.)

The art is late-seventies kirby at it's most insane; fluid and clunky at the same time, with strange POVs, maddening splash pages, and dizzying spectacle. It will make your head hurt with crazy-dynamic panels poking you in the eye at every turn. The designs of talking animals look like people in bad costumes... you can almost hear their muffled lines under latex masks. But that only adds to the deliciousness. You still want to scratch all those doggies behind the ears, even if they are pointing cannons at you and enslaving humans. Cute widdle guys!

KAMANDI is what happens when you watch PLANET OF THE APES and then think, "Charlton Heston is a pussy. And what's with only having the post-apocolyptic world ruled by apes? How about some giant slave-trading snakes and sharks?" Then you draw a kid in a raft paddling away from the half-sunk Statue of Liberty, and everyone who reads it has to have a butthole replacement because their ASSES GET BLOWN OUT. That's how awesome it is.

I encourage everyone to visit their Local Comic Shop and purchase some KAMANDI for themsleves. Then change your freshly soiled undies, ladies and gents.

(If you don't enjoy it you have no soul and probably can not see your own reflection.)

10 Love Letters:

Anonymous said...

You had me at "An eerie tale of two doctors -- and one of them is a GORILLA!"

2:15 PM

Blogger Brad Curran said...

Yeah. I don't know why Alex even thought he had to write anything after posting the cover. It's okay, man. That says it all.

6:55 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe I'm gonna say this... but I agree! I have a complete Kamandi run and I love it! Kirby's art was great and the stories were always fun.

The Shadow

10:40 PM

Blogger T. said...

What's up with Kirby and outstretched palms? Seriously, I'm reading 40 Yrs of FF DVD and he really can't seem to get enough of them.

11:36 PM

Blogger OrangeCoke said...

I regret that I only have read two Kamandi books. I could had bought them for cover price when they first came out, but I didn't.

Don't know my problem. I bought DC books and even some non-superhero ones.

I even did a school paper on comics and had as one of my sources, a women's magazine article that said , "to understand your boyfriend, you had to read his Conan and Kamandi comics".

Where were you guys back then? And not being born is not an excuse.

2:27 PM

Anonymous Brad said...

But that's my excuse for everything!

3:55 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

finally found out tonight what this damn comic was called, have been trying for 2 years to remember. lots of fond summer of 76 memories of reading under a tree--- one of the coolest from my childhood

glad someone else thought so too

10:36 PM

Blogger Website Design On Time said...

Where are the links to see a Kamandi comic?

1:49 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kamandi isn't forgotten;

Brave and the Bold had Kamandi make his first action show appearance...

11:50 AM

Blogger Gary James said...

Kamandi is the best comic book ever! I have the entire set.This is my email signature,
All the covers, my favorites, clicked on will enlarge. There are two links at the bottom, Great Art, Great Plot!

Thanks Jack!

4:56 PM


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