Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sin or Salvation

'Sin or Salvation'
by Jay Kinney
from Young Lust Number 1, October 1970

Young Lust was founded by Bill Griffith (who went on to become a superstar of the comix movement with 'Zippy' the Pinhead) and Jay Kinney as a satire of the romance comics of the 50s.

Eight issues ultimately were published, most during the interval from 1970 - 1980. According to Kinney,

Forty years ago, DC and Marvel were still cranking out "romance comics" such as Young Love. Bill Griffith and I had the bright idea to create an "adults only" satire of the genre, Young Lust. It became one of the top three best-selling underground comix, along with Zap Comics and the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. These were two of my best strips for the comic: my memoirs of Fifth Grade and a satire of the Maoist Cultural Revolution. 

'Sin or Salvation', in which a coed tries to decide between two suitors: a hippie, and a clean-cut ROTC cadet, with a surprise twist revealed in the last few panels, is one of the more amusing comics featured in issue one. It illuminates the culture wars taking place in the late 60s - early 70s.

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