Published March 1977 / 36 pages / Last Gasp
Slow Death #8 is the “Special Greenpeace Issue” (this was before Greenpeace became the corrupt and criminal organization it has become today) and begins with a masterpiece by Greg Irons (which is saying something) called “The Honour & Glory of Whaling.” Written by Irons (and not his usual collaborator Tom Veitch), “Whaling” describes the relentless hunting of whales over the millennia, killing hundreds of millions of whales. Heavy with prose, the story is one most people will probably skip over. Some of the illustrations are nice though.
No one is so naive that they don’t understand that whaling was an essential commercial industry until at least the mid 19th century, when more-economical substitutes were found for whale oil.
“Animals Your Children Will Never See” by William Stout, “Ozean Oinken” by Doug Hansen, “Condor’s End” by Sam and William Wray, and “Perfect Evening” by Tim Boxell. Dennis Ellefson also does some excellent drawing (as close to Irons as can be found in this issue) with the poignant “Ballad of the Lost.” Some of the preaching and illogical and false arguments are a bit much to take, but hey, it’s a comic book with an agenda and fanatics never let the truth get in the way of propaganda. One of the least enjoyable issues because of the lecturing tone of most of the stories and none of the gore and sci-fi mood of previous issues. Probably the worst issue.
COMIC CREATORS Ron Turner • William Stout • Greg Irons • Brenda Bernu • Michael J. Becker • Doug Hansen • Michael T. Gilbert • Sam Wray • William Wray • Roger Brand • Shelby Sampson • Dennis Ellefson • Tim Boxell • Rand Holmes