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“G” Is For …

… The Goon! (1999)

Longbox Graveyard was founded to celebrate my Bronze Age comics obsession, but one of the unexpected benefits of this blog was that it reinvigorated my interest in comics in general. Mostly I stick to the moldy oldies but I have read a few books from (gasp!) the current century, and among my favorite new discoveries is Eric Powell’s The Goon.

These are two-fisted adventures set during the Depression … if the Depression were overrun with zombies and giant monsters. (Perhaps it was — my parents wouldn’t speak about it). Powell’s work is beautifully drawn and wickedly funny, a real rarity in funnybooks. The tales are simple but they have emotional heft, and however bizarre the situations may get, I love that every problem can be solved with a punch in the face.

I’ve bought the whole series as it has been collected, and even purchased several volumes direct from the creator at San Diego Comic-Con (where his booth was scandalously under-attended). The Goon is a work of sublime genius. If you aren’t reading it, you should!

Lay your favorite “G” books on me in the comments, below!

Honorable Mentions:

  • G.I. Combat (1952)
  • Giant-Size Man-Thing (1974)
  • Godzilla (1977)
  • Green Lantern (1960)
  • Giant-Size X-Men (1975)

Check out the complete Longbox Graveyard Comics A-To-Z HERE!

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