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This is Fat Freddy's Comics and Stories #1.
Fat Freddy is one of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, created by the great American cartoonist Gilbert Shelton. The Freak Brothers are timeless clowns, and it's Shelton's mastery of satire and slapstick, silly punchlines and the traditional forms of humour at the heart of these tripped-out cartoons that have kept them fresh and mirthful for over 45 years.
Unlike many cults from the Sixties which have since faded away, the Freak Brothers are still going from strength to strength and acquiring new fans all the time. They are published in 15 languages and worldwide sales are now over 40 million copies plus millions of items of merchandise, T-shirts, postcards, badges, posters and more.
This is the original Knockabout collection Fat Freddy's Comics and Stories #1. First published in this version in 1983
•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.”
•Publishing trade magazine
"First rearing its shaggy head during the thick of the psychedelic era, Shelton’s classic series could be cited as the Big Bang of 'stoner' humor as we now understand the genre ... Differing from much of the mean-spirited material found in the nascent underground genre by being legitimately funny, the Freak Brothers slacked their way from one misadventure to another, getting ripped off by dealers, avoiding work and staying as completely stoned as possible. Fat Freddy, Phineas and Freewheelin’ Franklin’s existence reads like a pothead sitcom, the characters’ world defined first in a series of short stories, and longer, even epic tales allow Shelton to run wild as the gags fly fast and furious."
•UK national newspaper
“The Freak Brothers live between the opposed poles of their own desire for intoxication, at almost any price, and the law of the land's determined efforts to prevent their citizens from self-medication. At any price. Accordingly, they live in a state of blissful torpor relieved only by bursts of paranoia or stimulant-induced frenzy. As such, theirs is a world as edenic as anything imagined by Wodehouse, albeit with references to the Birch Society, Richard Nixon, and other 1970s cultural signifiers.” – Nicholas Lezard