Episode 059, “Mission: Murder!”

X-Aspirations Episode 059
X-Men #58, July 1969
“Mission: Murder!”
Written by Roy Thomas, Pencils by Neal Adams, Inked by Tom Palmer, Lettering by Artie Simek, Edited by Stan Lee.

Sex, Dope, Comics, and Cheap Thrills!

In Which We Find That For A Guy With Such A Biblical Name, Angel’s Religious Education Shows Some Fairly Substantal Gaps, That Havok Is Equally Well Dressed For Both The Tour De France And The MTV Music Awards, And That We Should Never Forget That Sentinel #8 Is The Baddest MoFo RoBo In The Land!

Just Imagine The Damage You Could Do With A Concentric Rhombus!

The San Francisco psychedelic rock n’ roll promotional poster movement was instrumental in the launching of Underground Comix. Rick Griffin (1944-1991) came out of southern California surfing culture, before exploding on the poster scene with his “Pow-Wow A Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In” in 1967 (left). His flying eyeball became one of his most iconic images, first published as “Bill Graham 105” in 1968 promoting Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall (middle). Rick was already experimenting with sequential art in his posters, like the above “Sunday Funnies” from 1967 (right), before being recruited by R. Crumb.

Another of the seminal poster artists was Victor Moscoso (1936- ). Above are two example Moscoso posters, “Quicksilver Messenger Service” from 1966 (left) and “Big Brother at PGE” from 1968 (right).

Here are examples of comix work by both Griffin and Moscoso. Left is Griffin’s “Murphy” from Tales of the Tube (1973) and right is Moscoso’s “Luna Toons”, published in Zap Comix #2 (1968).

There were strong connections between the Underground Comix artists and many Rock n’ Roll bands. Above are several examples of album covers done by Underground artists: Big Brother & The Holding Company (Janis Joplin’s band) had their “Cheap Thrills” album art done by Robert Crumb while the Grateful Dead got not only their cover art but also the album title for “Aoxomoxoa” from Rick Griffin. Comix artists Richard Corben and Robert Williams did the covers for Meatloaf’s “Bat Out of Hell” and the original cover to Guns n’ Roses’ “Appetite for Destruction”, respectively.

This wasn’t the last time Hank let Bobby take him to a Bondage club.

Robert Drake’s Miraculous Ice Capades! opened and closed the same weekend.

Anybody trying to change the channel mid-show gets a karate chop in the solar plexus.

I wish he wouldn’t wiggle his fingers like that every time he says someone doesn’t have the “stones”.

Larry didn’t get it. The shower facilities he had built were top notch, but for some reason the local coeds still wouldn’t use it.

Maybe more ten foot tall robot attendants?

Most awkward three way. Ever.

Neal broke his protractor making this panel.

When would people learn to stop sitting behind William Shatner on planes?

It was then that Mesmero realized he didn’t even own an Allen wrench.

“A Mother’s Most Perfect Gift” — Brought to you by the Giant Medallion Council of America.

If you eat Lucky Charms, apparently you will crap rainbows.

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