Published 1992 / 44 pages / Last Gasp
Slow Death #11 came out over a dozen years after the previous issue, but the content here displays no impotent hippie passion about what the human race was doing to fuck up Mother Earth and its inhabitants. Most of the stories in this 1992 comic book are from the mid 1980s, so perhaps Ron Turner was waiting until he’d piled up enough good ones worthy of the title Slow Death.
Tom Veitch leads the book off with a bit of a eulogy for Greg Irons, who got hit by a bus in Thailand and died in 1984 (proof that modern technology is deadly!). Veitch laments the passing of his friend and the lack of recognition of Irons’ ouevre of amazing artwork. Later in the book, the last two completed stories by Irons are presented, and they are both rather autobiographical, giving us insights into the direction Irons was heading in his personal life.
Alan Moore contributes “Cold Snap,” a crafty story about the dawn of the ice age, reminding us how the power-grabbing leftist government types alternately warn of global warming or freezing but the answer is always more regulation and government control of our lifes, and it’s nicely illustrated by Bryan Talbot. England’s Graham Manley serves up “Panic in Year Zilch,” which portrays a brilliant scientist who invents a solution to the energy crisis. Warren Greenwood delivers a chilling tale about the end game of the oil wars in the Midddle East in “Overture To Armageddon”, which has since been rendered moot by American energy resurgence. Have you hugged a fracker today? You should, he is positively influencing all our lives. Wallace Wood provides a 1977 comic about a twerpy but ambitious cartoonist with a split personality in “Super Cosmic Comic Creator Comix.”
So over 12 years after its previous issue and 20 years after it was born, Slow Death finally suffers its own slow death.
COMIC CREATORS Ron Turner • Greg Irons • Mary Key Mitchell • Tom Veitch • Alan Moore • Bryan Talbot • Peter Sinclair • Graham Manley • Vince Ballard • R. Waldmire • John Edgar • Warren Greenwood • Wallace Wood