SMALL IN THE SADDLE by Mark Alan Stamaty


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The kinky creator of Who Needs Donuts (KR, 1973) is still cramming his black and white pages with tiny twists, stunts and anomalies; here though he gets them all together in an old West setting and, for framework, the broadly burlesquing story of a bad gang who takes over the town by threatening to tickle its sheriff and populace until a plucky little hero who is not ticklish rounds them up. It ends with villains Slim, Sludge, Deck and Shorty behind bars as ""The Kid"" who lassos them prepares to move on and the sheriff to eat his words--bite by bite, from a speech balloon of a few pages back now lying like a slab on his desk. It's this sort of unspotlighted sideshow, along with the booted, bird-bodied cow that moos for shoes and all the other wacky monstrosities with which Stamaty's desert teems (even the cacti look deformed) that give this its character. And you can't deny that Stamaty is generous with his talent.

Pub Date: April 4th, 1975
Publisher: Windmill--dist. by Dutton