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The hippie/punk split moves to center stage in the third issue, with a Kinney/Mavrides story called "No Exit." The protagonist of this piece, published in 1981, is a punk singer and self-proclaimed anarchist called J-P who gets murdered by his own fans when they take his lyrics too literally ("Kill the land and kill the sea!/Kill yourselves or kill me!"). He is cryonically preserved, and when he is reanimated 3,000 years later he learns that the anarchist revolution has finally won. But while J-P's anarchism is nothing more than punk nihilism, the anarchotopia of the future is about as far from punk as you can get, combining New Age fantasies ("I'm getting a telepathic message from the dolphins up on their L5 space colony!"), political correctness ("There's no more ageism! There's no more shapeism! There's no more sizeism!"), and the dreariest direct democracy imaginable:
Not surprisingly, J-P doesn't fit in well:
The story is merciless towards both J-P, who can barely put a thought together that doesn't involve smashing things, and the people of the utopian future, a society so cloying it would drive Gandhi to start hurling bricks. By this point, unsurprisingly, Kinney was getting disillusioned with conventional radical politics, moving toward more spiritual concerns (he would soon launch the mystical magazine Gnosis) and absorbing new political influences, not all of them on the left. As he puts it in the introduction to this collection, he grew interested in finding a "new political space beyond the old 'left vs. right' dichotomy." He still thought an anarchist society sounded appealing, but it also seemed like a lost cause—"in part," he writes, because of all the "revolutionary posturing by its proponents."
He handed the editor's reins over to Mavrides, and for the final issue they wrote and drew one more long story together. "Armageddon Outtahere" starred Bud Tuttle, a John Birch–esque character who had earlier appeared in a couple of '70s comics, Kinney's Occult Laff Parade and the Kinney/Mavrides collaboration Cover-Up Lowdown. His new adventure featured a gang of anti-food terrorists who launch refrigerators at freeways, a gang of pro-food terrorists who launch cows at freeways, and a gun-toting Jesus who teams up with the Antichrist and Mary Magdalene; it concludes with all the armageddons of the world's faiths happening at once. It may not be as inspired as the duo's earlier strips, but it's still pretty entertaining.
There's a lot of engaging material in this book's pages, from a cartoon biography of Victoria Woodhull to a page where Lenin does a Borscht Belt standup routine at an AFL-CIO convention in Disneyworld. But the Kinney/Mavrides stories—especially "Kulture Dokuments" and "No Exit"—are the high points. It's good finally to have them all between a book's covers.
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