Here's another rarity from the vaults, the rare and bizarre second issue of Highwater Books' independent comix anthology COOBER SKEBER. When Marvel Comics declared bankruptcy, in 1997, Coober Skeber came to the "rescue" with a "Marvel Benefit Issue", letting its stable of contributors run loose in the backwoods of the Marvel Universe with wanton disregard for trademark and copyright. Of course, Marvel responded with a Cease and Desist almost immediately, but the book was already out there. And guess who got one?
With nearly twenty stories in the digest sized book, ranging from professional-quality to nearly incomprehensible, Coober Skeber #2 is definitely a mixed bag. This is the book that originally contained James Kochalka's "Hulk Vs. Rain" that eventually appeared in an actual Hulk Annual. Here, Pete Cardin brings us an awesome yet bittersweet tale of Devil Dinosaur:
This one by someone named P. "Shmudge" Shaw features what is, without a doubt, the strangest interpretation of the Fantastic Four I have ever seen. Not that I don't' like it, mind you...
Finally enjoy a sampling of some of the other strips in this forbidden anthology, including what I have to say is, authorized or not, the Best Spider-Woman Page ever created (not that that's saying much):
Warlock page by Mat Brinkman
Doctor Strange page by
(uncredited) Robert Boyd
Iron Man page by Mike Luce
Spider-Woman page by Magnus Johnstone