Paul Gravett and Peter Stanbury - The Leather Nun & Other Incredibly Strange Comics (Aurum Press Ltd, 2008)
Front cover image: Charles Burns
Blurb YOU WON'T BELIEVE YOUR EYEBALLS
...when you peek inside these incredibly strange comics, some of the weirdest, wildest, wackiest stories ever told. Your mind will boggle at this zany, non-PC carnival of comic-book curiosities - guaranteed to offend almost anyone. American Presidents become muscle-bound superheroes; cavemen fight giant tabby cats, while peasant-girl Hansi fervently worships the swastika. Are you ready for Russia's busty bombshell Octobriana, or The Barn of Fear, Chaplains at War, Amputee Love, Fatman The Human Flying Saucer and Fast Willie Jackson? The Leather Nun and Other Incredibly Strange Comics is the perfect quirky gift for comics fans, pop-culture collectors - and anybody with a lust for the off-beat. And it's all in the best possible taste! "Comics brainiac" Paul Gravett is the author of Mango: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics, and with Peter Stanbury co-created Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life and Great British Comics, both published by Aurum Press.
The format is simplicity itself. A panel, synopsis and details of featured comic offset with full page colour reproduction of a classic cover. The Leather Nun & Other Incredibly Strange Comics is as big on variety as an issue of Paperback Fanatic. This is a world where chilling revelations concerning cannibal serial killer My Friend Dahmer vie for top-billing with a celebration of swinging young capitalists Johnny and Judy ($aving Can Be Fun!), the BDSM misfortunes of Sweeter Gwen and the romantic exploits of 'Dr. Anthony King, Hollywood Love Doctor.' What happened when Binky Brown met the Holy Virgin Mary? Will Butch and Petey, the Trucker Fags In Denial ever come to terms with their sexuality and find man-love, or will they continue their anti-gay murder spree? How will Hansi, The Girl Who Loved The Swastika fare now she and her Nazi boyfriend have been captured by the Americans? Do you have the nerve to spend a rainy night with the vengeful livestock in The Barn Of Fear (Tales Of The Crypt gone to the farmyard). If you've ever had the least curiosity about such matters you've come to the right book.
Alfredo P. Alcala
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.