Friday, February 08, 2013
The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist
Featuring probably the finest artwork Frank Springer ever turned out, it's a fascinating time capsule now, parodying social, political and sexual mores with a much more jagged edge than, say LITTLE ANNIE FANNY or even the later OH, WICKED WANDA! Some chapters are 2 color, others multi-color and the rest full-color, giving the whole collection an odd, European feel.
At age 14, I mailordered it because it had boobs but I was mature enough to realize there was a lot more to it. It's NOT light reading. You have to know things about history and then-contemporary life in order to get half the references. In rereadings over the years, something new always comes out. I'm on record as not liking--okay, generally HATING--O'Donoghue's writing. This is the exception. And Springer's art, vaguely Caniff-inspired but often scratchy in the mostly cheap Dell comics he was working for at the time, is a revelation as to the man's talent, a preview of the excellent work he would become known for later on with LAMPOON.