Wednesday, April 19, 2006

"A.K.A. Squidman"

The story behind "A.K.A. Squidman," the artist's sole collaboration, is somewhat murky. It is believed to have run in The Yale Herald, though it does not appear on the sheet of lined yellow paper that serves as the Saturnhead catalogue raisonné. Experts agree that it likely appeared in either the fall of 1989 or the spring of 1990. The illustrator is Eugene Cho, who signs his name "Echo" on the wonderful title panel (upside down in the worksheet above)—"Echo/Park" having a clean, architecture-firm-sounding ring.

Had space and time allowed it, "A.K.A. Squidman" could have become a terrific strip in its own right, a conceptual gag repeated issue after issue, with Tommy Davis turning into the titular superhero at the first sign of trouble . . . and languishing on terra firma.

—Publication history unknown, but probably The Yale Herald, Fall 1989 or Spring 1990


Blogger Yeggman said...

wow - what a gem. i never thought i'd see that again, ever. how about the not-so-subtle 'phallic tommy' on the title panel...

i also wanted to add that 'aka squidman' was a profound statement about our generation at the time, tho largely unnoticed (i think).

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