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Massimo Mattioli, Oscar Glioti, Translator: Jamie Richards, Translator: Adrian Nathan West

Joe Galaxy

On sale date: November 26, 2024

The outrageous ’70s sci-fi parody comic series by Italian underground cartoonist Massimo Mattioli, collected in English for the very first time.

On the heels of our collection of the cult classic Italian comic Squeak the Mouse, Fantagraphics is thrilled to present the outrageous ’70s series that put the underground cartoonist Massimo Mattioli on the map. The anthropomorphic eagle Joe Galaxy is a swashbuckling space adventurer always on the make. Whether smuggling holo-videos of intergalactic porn, cheating at interstellar poker with bug-eyed monsters, or contending with the evil lizards of Calisto IV, our wisecracking hero always finds himself embroiled in some absurd scenario.

A dizzyingly boundless cartoon world chock full of parody, pop culture references, and oodles of over-the-top sex and violence, and drawn in a colorful and kinetic medley of styles, Joe Galaxy lays bare the twisted genius of its infamous creator. This luxe hardcover edition features every story in the Joe Galaxy universe, plus a bonus short penned by Mattioli in 2018, as well as a spirited intro by Coconino Press editor Oscar Glioti.


"Imagine Buck Rogers on acid snoozing, cursing, whipping, killing, and screwing; add hard-boiled detective monologues and Philip K. Dick parodies, a pop aesthetic ranging from the Merrie Melodies to Lichtenstein, filtered through the sensibilities of Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, and Moebius." — Oscar Glioti, from his introduction


8.5" × 11.5"