Written and Illustrated by Steve Peters, various artists
Black & White
Page Count: 40
Sparky returns with his own series. As with Sparky's earlier books, this comic is chock full of jam comics with many indy cartoonists, ranging from well-known creators to very young amateur art students. The cover is a take-off on the opening sequence of The Brady Bunch (it includes the line "Here's the story of a man named Sparky"). It features nine Sparkys drawn by nine different artists---some of Peters' most frequent collaborators---Peters, Daniel Sponton, EJ Barnes, Lee Thacker, Eric Wilmoth, Max Ink, David Mack, James Kochalka, and Dave Sim. Like The Origin of Sparky, Tails of Sparky #1 is an all-origins issue---only fitting for a first issue! The 4-page opening sequence is written and beautifully drawn by Lee Thacker (in a style resmbling that of Charles Burns); it examines the idea that there are many different and sometimes conflicting versions of Sparky. The 1- to 4-page jams appearing in Tails #1 are sometimes done with his friends and students; others were passed around at comic conventions, including SPACE, MOCCA, SPX, and Mid-Ohio Con. One was done online at ComicSpace.com. These jams include contributions by Sergio Aragones (Groo), Tom Scioli (Godland), Greg Hyland (Lethargic Lad), Matt Dembicki (Mr.Big), Max Ink (Blink), Jay Hosler (Clan Apis), Dale Martin Watusi), Jason Thompson (Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath), Bryan Kane, Lee Thacker (One For Sorrow), The Fraim Brothers (America Jr.), Wes Molebash (You'll Have That), Zander Cannon (Top 10), Paul Friedrich (Onion Head Monster), Matt Feazell (Cynicalman), Pam Bliss, Wally Crane (Sheba), Scott Berwanger (Anubis), Stan Yan (The Wang), and Bryan Glass (Mice Templar). The varied origin themes include stories about Sparky as Cain killing his brother Abel, a stone-age Sparky evolving into modern-day Sparky, a Sparky who is the son of the sailor who kisses the nurse in the famous WWII-era photograph, a sea-monkey version of Sparky, a Sparky who crashes to Earth as a meteorite, a Sparky who hatches from a giant frozen egg floating in space, and a Jor-El like Sparky who realizes he has to flee his doomed planet.
Jam comics featuring a lovable half-angel, half-devil character called Sparky.
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