Monday, July 4, 2011

Underground Patriotism: Give Me Liberty

In 1976 with the Bicentennial in full bloom, underground pioneers, Rip Off Press published their "revisied" history of the American Revolution, Give Me Liberty.

Give Me Liberty (1976)

Fabulous Fury Freak Brothers creator Gilbert Shelton, along with Ted Richards, and additional assistance from Gary Hallgren and Willy Murphy tell give a more or less accurate history of the war, while returning now and again to a trio of fictional revolutionary soldiers slogging their way through the war.

In parts slapstick farce in others revolutionary manifesto, Give Me Liberty still does an excellent job of more or less accurately telling the story of the founding of the United States, although with tongue firmly in cheek.

Shelton and Richards do an excellent job on the writing but I also wanted to comment on the artwork.Panel after panel of funny pages bursting with energy from two talented artists at their peak.

Long out of print, but not hard to find, Give Me Liberty remains not only one of my favorite pieces of comic-history, but also one of my favorite comics of all time.

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