Dealer McDope

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Dave Sheridan (1943-1982) has long been one of my culture heroes. His comics, most often created with fellow artist Fred Schrier, included Mother’s Oats, Balloon Vendor, Meef and Leather Nun. Sheridan also provided the art for the 1971 Dealer McDope Dealing Game. While I never actually met anyone who played the game — the rules by the game’s creator, Thom Patchett, were somewhat Byzantine, even for those with a clear head — it’s a pleasure just to look at the board and enjoy Sheridan’s genius. So, let’s start by collecting $15,000.

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Hashman

San Francisco

Rook

Panama

Jet

Kathmandu

Nunzio

New York

Happy Dust

Los Angeles

Heat

London

Front

Kabul

Bogart

Guadalajara

Federales

Chicago

Drop

Cleveland

Informer

Acapulco

Danger

Boston

Conspiracy

Beruit

Almost Busted

Bangkok

Burns

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Deal

500 lbs

McDope's Pot

At the Post Office, 1923

Rabier

A mouse tries to claim a registered letter, but the clerk, a crocodile, demands identification: “A military record, a marriage license , a rent receipt!” Drawn by Benjamin Rabier (1864-1939), French illustrator, comic book artist and animator, also known for creating the “La vache qui rit” logo for Laughing Cow cheese.

Comics

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One of the continuing joys of my life has been the Bud Plant catalog, which for more than 40 years has been providing me with comic art and illustration. My latest score is Holy Sh*t! The World’s Weirdest Comic Books (2009) by Paul Gravett and Peter Stanbury, and I offer just a few cover samples here.

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Overland Vegetable Stagecoach

In the golden era of underground comix, I was partial to the work of the Overland Vegetable Stagecoach, led by Dave Sheridan and Fred Schrier. Shown above, the covers of Balloon Vendor, Mother’s Oats 1 & 2, and Meef 1 & 2. Tales from the Leather Nun was a tad too spicy to appear here.