How Howie Made It in the Real World

“How Howie Made It in the Real World”

How Howie Made It in the Real World

8(-2, [VERS.4], -5, [VERS.2]) pgs. Appeared first time [B&W] in Slow Death #2 (1970). Reprinted [COLOR] in [London] Oz #35 (May 1971) [VERS.2], [B&W] in Anthology of Slow Death (1975) and [B&W] in The Odd Comic World of Richard Corben (1978).
Story/Art: Richard Corben (signed as Gore, 1970). Lettered by hand (Corben).

Denmark [DK]: as “Howie besøger den virkelige verden” in Sejd #5 (1974), and in Portræt af et oprør #4 (1987).
France [FRA]: as “Les aventures d’Arthur dans la nature sauvage [VERS.4]” in Actuel [II] #10/11 (197?), and as “Comment Howard découvrit le vrai monde” in Horrilor (1977), and as “Fais gaffe avec le monde réel, Howie” in Fantastik #1.
Germany [GER]: as “How Howie Made It in the Real World [GER]” in U-Comix Sonderband [GER] #7 (197?), as “Wie es Howard in der neuen Welt packt” in Die Aussergewöhnliche Welt des Richard Corben, Vol. 1 (1977), and as “Was Howie in der realen Welt erlitt” in purple and white (!) in Horror Comics (1973) [VERS.5].
Italy [ITA]: as “How Howie Made It in the Real World [ITA]” in Image [I] #2, and as “Attento al mondo reale, Howie” in Collana Nera #11 (1984).
The Netherlands [NL]: as “Hoe Howie het maakte in de echte Wereld” in Stripschrift #43/44 (1972), and in 1984 [NL] #10 (1981).
Spain [SPA]: as “Cómo lo hizo Howie en la vida real [VERS.3]” in Comix Underground USA #2 (1974), and as “Cuidado con el mundo real, Howie” in 1984 [SPA] #14, El extraordinario mundo de Richard Corben [#1] (1977) and Richard Corben obras completas #11.
Sweden [SWE]: as “Hur det gick för Howie I verkligheten” in Pox Special #3 (3/85).

Style: B&W with zipatons. Genre: SF. Time Span: Future. Nudity: Full frontal (men and women).
Keywords: High technology. No nature. Artifical reality.
Synopsis: A guy and a girl decide to spend free day in a nature. They relax totally and refuse brain pills. Hangover is not what they expect.
Comment: Corben’s own story and B&W artwork are both brilliant. There is a lot pleasant nudity, specially on page four, where it touches with a warm relationship between guy and girl (frames without dialogue). One of my favourites!
Alternatives, [VERS.2]: 3 pgs! All pages in color (by a rough mask separation). Frames reordered to fit more per one page. Page 1: 11 frames (frame 5 missing, frames 6 & 7 in reversed order); page 2: 16 frames (frames 12, 23 & 28 missing, frame 24 after frame 27); page 3: 17 frames (frames 34, 38 & 45 missing). Many important frames cut narrower or just dropped off.
Alternatives, [VERS.3]: Censored in Spanish Comix Underground USA #2 (1974). Additional bra and panties, and sex scene on a bed redrawn (a boy behind, not on a girl).
Alternatives, [VERS.4]: In French Actuel [II] #10/11 (197?) shortened as 6 pages story (!), and printed in blue and white (instead of B&W).
Alternatives, [VERS.5]: The German print in Horror Comics (2013) the entire book was printed in purple and white (!).

How Howie Made It in the Real World, 8 pgs
The original version from Slow Death.
How Howie Made It in the Real World, 3 pgs. Oz.
Version 2: [London] Oz #35 (1971?). 3 pgs! and in color.

Copyright © 1997 Heart-Attack-Series, Ink!
Created: Sept. 13, 1997. Last updated: July 7, 2019 at 8:18 am

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