New Comics Round-Up 2000!

What’s the good word, Lattaphiles? It’s been a busy time here, in Lattaland. I have not one, not three but TWO big projects that have been keepin’ me busy, but not to busy to stop and talk to you about comic books. Put on another pot of coffee, I might be at this for a while.

The Purple Smurfs

By Peyo

published by Papercutz $5.99 paperback

The Purple Smurfs? Okay, first things first. We must address the black elephant in the room. When this story first ran in it’s native Belgium, It was called ‘Les Schtroumpfs Noirs’, which literally means ‘the black smurf’. While I understand this might be considered offensive to our American sensitivity,  it was in no way, a race parable. Smurfs are raceless and genderless (They are never referred to as he’s OR she’s.) While I consider it a carnal sin to change this beautiful artwork even in the slightest, I still understand the change needed to be made to bring this never-before-in-English comic over to the states.  Kudos for the Editor-In-Chief to at least address this very issue in the back of the book.

(Compare and contrast)

While I understand and appreciate the necessarily of the change to bring this excellent comic to a wider audience, I gotta ask, why purple? Why, it’s hardly a noticeable change from their typical sky blue hue. Plus, infected smurfs don’t look nearly as threatening in what is basically a Smurfs comic as imagined by George A. Romero.

In this truly horrific tale, a bug bite causes a smurf to become for lack of better description, a zombie. Of course this condition spreads through the village by bites to the tail(!)  By the climax,all our blue buddies are infected  including the beloved Papa Smurf. You heard right, true believers.

Despite the color change, and the somewhat wispy computer lettering, I am super happy Peyo’s masterpiece is  being affordability imported and I look forward to more.

Lemon Styles

By David King

Published by Sparkplug Comic Books $9.00 B&W with spot color

Now this is more like it! What a beautifully designed 10 x10 mini comic. Wait, if it’s big, is it still considered a mini? No time to pontificate that now, I gotta comic to review!  David’s comics are beautifully drawn and the scripts feel personal, and  bit non sequitur with the lush brushwork and rich detail. Without a formal set up and punch line, most of his strips feel like the middle of a conversation, the middle of a melancholy, conversation at that.  Not to make it sound like it’s not funny. Heavens no. This book is very funny. In fact, it’s the perfect summer reading in your therapist’s waiting room.  Y’really outdid yourself this time, David.

Also of note, David is one of my top tweeters. More important than being a good cartoonist is the ability to break my heart in 140 characters or less.

Uncle Scrooge Comics By Gemstone

Oh glory of all glory! Dollar General somehow got their greasy meathooks on copious amounts of these incredible and thick Uncle Scrooge comics from a few years back and they are blowing them out for only a dollar a piece! All the issues I got are chock full of great stories by the likes Of Carl Barks and Don Rosa. These books are certainly worth every cent.  If you have a Dollar General in the vicinity, and even if you don’t, I ‘d highly recommend you make the trek and load up on ducks. Buy some for your friends too, while you are at it. Eh, on second thought…

 

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About Josh Latta

Mr Josh Latta was born in 1853 to a family of tamed Pleistocenes. he was raised as a small child, entering into adulthood on the eve of his 7th birthday as was the tradition of the day. in 1867 he undertook a course in multi-reptile wrestling ending his career as 'croc-tussler' after an unfortunate shallow-river related accident cut short the life of a young crocodile. moving to rural Sheboigan in the fall of 1872, he made a good living raising fancy roosters and painting murals across the town depicting the various lascivious secrets of the townsfolk. driven out of town in the spring of 1873 he found his way to Utah where he was Flaneur in Residence at the Foundation of Gentlemen and Cultured Guinea Pigs (now the Foundation of Water Fowl and Cultured Guinea Pigs) until a scandal involving twin milkmaids and a churn of cream called for his resignation. Latta entered into the history books in 1899 for his lifesize construction of Monument Valley in matches.

7 thoughts on “New Comics Round-Up 2000!

  1. Justin

    I remember the purple smurfs cartoon episode.

    “Gnap!”

    I also remember the seeing a little PVC figure of the black smurf. He was black, and I wondered why he wasn’t purple.

    Now I know why. Thanks.

  2. Angie

    With the exception of Smurfette….we all know she was a girl! She’s actually gonna be my tattoo for my b-day two years from now. A rabbit will be my next…in memory of my bunny who passed a few years ago & my favorite animal.

  3. Josh Latta Post author

    Yes, except for Smurfette, but as you may recall, she was actually a creation by Gargamel.He accidentally made her looking for a cure for male pattern baldness.

  4. Shannon Smith

    Dr. Mr. Latta,
    I live in poverty in the Appalachia mountains. I saw your story about the duck comics at Dollar General on your wonderful Lattaland program but I did not believe anything so fortunate could happen to me. I thought that something like that could only happen in big city Dollar Generals like in Atlanta or Tucker. So, I’m ashamed to say, I did not go check my local Dollar General. But today I had to get some generic allergy medicine. The Food City was sold out. Can you believe it? Rag weed season! So, I decided I would check the Dollar General and see if they had any. They did not have any generic Claritin but they did have some generic Zyrtech for just five dollars. Things were looking up for me and just then I remembered your duck story. So, I went to the little book aisle and hoped against hope to find some comics. I could not find any. They had a lot of coloring books and Bibles but no duck books. But then, at my darkest hour, just when I was ready to end it all, I saw out of the corner of my eye, a big stack of Walt Disney comics hidden in the back row. It was a moment of divine spiritual joy the likes of which I had not felt since I saw King Kong put Jessica Lang in that water fall when I was just a boy. I tell you the hand of the Lord was at work in the Dollar General. They had several of the comics for just one dollar each. Now, I live in poverty and food stamps won’t cover periodicals but I had enough change to buy one of them. I got the Nature Boy Donald Duck comic in honor of the great 20th century philosopher/poet Ric “The Nature Boy” Flair.
    Thank you Mr. Latta. You have given hop to those who had none.
    Your biggest fan,
    Shannon Smith

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