Tales from Beyond the Pale

Kim Deitch, Author, Robert Fiore, Editor
Kim Deitch, Author, Robert Fiore, Editor Fantagraphics Books $14.95 (136p) ISBN 978-0-930193-83-6
Reviewed on: 08/01/1989
Release date: 08/01/1989
The black-and-white comics of this collection bring together Deitch's ( Hollywoodland ) strange brands of seedy fantasy and silly satire. A former merchant marine and psychiatric attendant, he lived among the down-and-out on New York's Lower East Side. In the story ``Keep 'em Flying,'' Deitch portrays himself as a hypnotized figure who ends up on another planet with one of his own characters, the cigar-smoking Waldo the cat. The goofily interesting Famous Frauds series relates the history of a supposedly mechanical chess player and the hard lives of those who actually sweated inside the huge contraption, preying on an unsuspecting chess-playing public. The best story, ``Two Jews from Yonkers,'' is an autobiographical, squalid tale about cartooning, drugs and the Pope. The drawing style here has Sunday-morning-funnies charm as interpreted by a hippie/Bowery bum. (Dec . )
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