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HOVERBOY BI-ANNUAL #2
"KAMRADE BEAR "

October

Issue #2...of what was originally an Annual...but they had trouble keeping up the grueling schedule. There was never another issue after this. Of special note is the missing leg on Kamrade Bear and the missing eye on Santa Boy. Especially odd since no such deformities exist on the characters inside the issue, though the artists for each story was, in fact, missing a body part. Perhaps this strange cover was a shout out the often maimed artists who worked on this series.

Apparently the cover artist for this issue (A guy who went under the pen name "Tico") had a strange habit of doing this thing with the missing limbs and eyes, as a form of political art. It was his symbol for the decay of society and culture in the mid-seventies, after Watergate, Bobby Kennedy and MLK, Viet Nam and the cancellation of Star Trek. Of note, "Tico" was missing his left hand, but not due to the war. He

Hoverboy Bi-Annual 2

lost it after falling asleep next to a pizza oven when he was twenty three, and he swears his own missing limb had nothing to do with his art featuring so much of that kind of deformity. He eventually left comics when he caught his right hand in an elevator door in 1979, and was dragged to his death...

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