introduction by Chester “Chappy” O’Daniel; originally published in 1986
Finally back in print, Any Similarity... is a collection of Drew Friedman’s
earliest comic strips and illustrations, featuring his most obsessively stippled
black-and-white panels and his most hilarious wise-guy takes on the stars and
demi-stars and never-quite-stars of that swamp we like to call showbiz.
In these strips, many of them written by his brother Josh Alan Friedman
(both are sons of the legendary Bruce Jay Friedman: humor genes will tell!), the
artist works out his obsession with such celebrities as Jim Nabors, Frank Sinatra
Jr., Joe Franklin, Bob Hope, Andy Griffith... and Ed Wood, Jr. film star Tor
Johnson, whom Friedman actually catapulted back into some sort of semi-fame
when these strips were first published in the 1980s.
Friedman is the kind of pop-culture aficionado whose Three Stooges worship is focused not on Moe, Larry or Curly
but on Shemp (whose unmistakable mug graces the new cover of this edition), and whose teasing adoration can often
be mistaken for mockery or contempt. But who but a worshipful fan would lavish quite so many dots on the loving
delineation of these greats’ every pimple and wrinkle?
“I stand in awe of Drew Friedman’s technique and the certain flavor of sad old America he captures.” – R. Crumb