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Gahan Wilson is probably best known for his macabre
Playboy cartoons, filled with charming monsters, goofy
mad scientists, and melting victims, and his cutting-edge
work in the National Lampoon, but he's also one of the
most versatile cartoonists alive whose work has appeared in
a wide range of media venues. Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics is Wilson's assault from within: His little-known syndicated
strip that appeared in Americas newspapers between 1974 and 1976.
Readers must have been startled to find Wilson's freaks, geeks, and weirdos nestled among family, funny-animal,
and soap opera offerings. (The term "zombie strip" — a strip that has long outlived its original creator — takes on a
whole new meaning in Wilson's hands.) While each strip, at first glance, appears to be a standard, color Sunday strip
(albeit without panel borders), each Sunday Comic is a collection of one-panel gag cartoons, delineated in Wilson's brilliantly
controlled wiggly-but-sophisticated pen line. The last gag cartoon on each Sunday is part of a recurring series,
either "Future Funnies" or "The Creep." Some Sundays are a freewheeling mélange of board meetings, monsters, and
cavemen (with cameos by Wilson's Kid character from Nuts, his gimlet-eyed view of childhood, collected in 2011 by
Fantagraphics), while others riff on a topic or subject (clocks, plants, wallpaper, etc.). As is his wont, Wilson mines the
blackest of black comedy in the banal horror of human nature.
Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics collects, for the first time, each and every one of these strips, luxuriating across a
12" x 6" landscape format, with Fantagraphics' trademark high production values, innovative design, and succinct
16-page excerpt (download 6.5 MB PDF):