Mar 2, 2017

The 40 Years of Comics Project - The Weekly Graphic Novel: Week 36 - Vicki Belle v.3, 2007

A very English piece of erotica, after the break.

Honestly, this comic puts me in mind of the old Eagle weeklies that I used to read, many moons ago. It's obviously inspired by those boys' adventure comics, though maybe this should be called a mans' adventure comic. Unlike the previous few reviews, this one's a bit sexist, and one of the things that I try to figure out when reading such things is whether or not they're being ironic. The men in the comic are caricatures, no doubt. But in a comic that was poking fun at them, you'd think that the women would be less caricatures. They're not, so it becomes hard to decide if it's just a dirty comic that's not really doing anything positive (except, perhaps, for Murray's art, which is really just gorgeous), or if it's mocking the ridiculous attitudes toward sex that pervaded not only the era in which it's set (40s or 50s, perhaps), but our own as well.

As with most things, I try to take the optimistic view, so let's go with that.

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