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This is the original Knockabout collection Fat Freddy’s Cat #5.
Fat Freddy’s Cat began life as a footnote strip to the Freak Brothers and later appeared in many comics of his own. He is often to be found sleeping on the unfortunate Fat Freddy’s head. His constant battles with the never-ending army of roaches out for world domination drive him to distraction, as does Fat Freddy’s never-ending failure to feed him or empty his kitty litter box. As a result of this, his main hobbies seem to be shredding Fat Freddy’s water bed and any other items he can sink his claws into, and finding places to leave surprise poop packages for Freddy to discover. This cat has variously gone travelling to Mexico, saved the world from alien invasion, and worked as a government agent in Washington trying to save the world from the “hee hee hee” drug. He has three nephews of unknown origin. He tends to regard the Freak Brothers with a fair bit of contempt, but despite the odd separation he always seems to hook back up with his inept roomies.
First published in this version in 1989
•Author of From Hell, LOEG
“Gilbert Shelton is as near as comics have come to producing a natural comedic genius of the same stature as a Chaplin or a Tati ... He is truly one of the greatest and most sublimely funny talents that the comic medium has to offer.”
The Comics Journal
•American comics magazine
"One of the true greats of American underground comics. Back in the sixties he spliced the Three Stooges with the emerging counterculture and created the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers ... At their heels ... was Fat Freddy’s Cat – a sarcastic, sexually voracious feline with a Jimmy Durante nose and a habit of clawing waterbeds." – Elliot Elam
•UK national newspaper
“There are still moments, decades after my first exposure to [these strips], and indeed after countless such exposures, when I am reduced to hopeless, tear-producing laughter.” – Nicholas Lezard