All 8 issues of the sci-fi/fantasy comic Hot Stuf. Posted fairly painlessly, only 8 big (52-60 pages) issues and info, content, artist and synopsis was not hard to find. Great comic, enjoy!
After scoping out other candidates I can say pretty definitively Dr Atomic will be next, he’s such a close cousin to FFF and Crumb that I don’t know how he was left out so long, he only has 5 issues so it won’t be hard. In the next 4 we will get to Julius, probably Black Hole, and then we are kind of torn. We’d love to get Creepy up but we only have 4 issues. We’ll look into getting more to make it worthwhile. First Kingdom is interesting, but the art isn’t top tier, the same thing keeping Melody and Tits & Clits off the charts right now. Peepshow is not that interesting, the neurotic ramblings of a jackoff artist, from what I can tell. Cheech Wizard format is all over the place. Spy vs. Spy is a possibility. We’d like to run 4 more this year and we have 3 top candidates, Dr. Atomic for sure, the others less sure but probably, then we need to dig up one more.
We’ll keep you posted.
Published Summer 1974 – Summer 1978
One of several comics serving as a kind of halfway house between the underground and the mainstream scenes, Hot Stuf’ was a black-and-white anthology that never quite established a distinctive personality. Typically, many of the strips were science-fiction or fantasy-oriented, by far the best being by Richard Corben (#1–3, 5) and Gray Morrow reviving his “Orion” strip in #2 and #4, and of particular note was a lovely 1930s detective strip from the great Alex Toth in #4. The comic’s most interesting artist, however, was Bill Maher, whose work ran the gamut from bigfoot cartoons and slick dystopian science fiction to rough-hewn autobiography and Manga pastiches. Most issues contained his work, with #7 and #8 being his best. Peculiarly, he doesn’t appear to have cropped up in any other publications and that’s very much our loss.