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King of Creeps: Al Columbia’s ‘Pim and Francie: The Golden Bear Days’
Al Columbia is an anomaly in the world of comics. He first emerged in the late 80’s, working as an assistant to Bill Sienkiewicz when the older artists’ fully-painted work on series like Elektra: Assassin had established him as one of the most influential and successful names in comics. When Alan Moore quit DC and began writing edgier
I’ve long been a fan of Pop Surrealism, particularly that of the darker variety. Al Columbia is one of my favorite artists of the movement. After “reading” Pim and Francie: The Golden Bear, he remains one of my favorites.
Imagine, if you will, sitting in a decrepit apartment, the kind with sirens down the street, gunshots down the hall, and weeds a’la Little Shop of Horrors growing in the cracks of the sidewalks. It is the mid 1960’s, and you are up late watching three black and white television
What a wonderful book of nightmares! Lending the sensibilities of the Grand Guignol to the art styling of early Walt Disney cartoons (mouse-ear caps, exaggerated limbs and lumps, big can-do smiles), this collection of drawings, scribblings, cut-and-pastings and vaguely coherent snippets of sequential art regales the eye with the misadventures of Pim and Francie, two mildly incestuous waifs who occasionally (sometimes accidentally) murder one another when they aren’t too busy torturing frogs, dec