by Red Cell
Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “Fabulas Panicas” (Panic Fables), was an unusual psychedelic comic strip published in the right-wing Mexican newspaper, El Heraldo de México, from 1967-73. in 1967. Luis Spota, who directed the cultural supplement of El Heraldo de Mexico, offered Jodorowski a regular collaboration that would combine two areas in which Jodorowski was deeply interested: the story and the comic. Fabulas Panicas was first published on Sunday June 4, 1967, in a series originally planned to last three months. But, due to it’s quick and enormous success, the comic ran every Sunday for over six years until December 30, 1973. The title is taken from the Panic Movement, an avant-garde art movement that Jodorowsky helped found in 1962, and the strips reflect the wild, experimental style of his unapologetically transgressive films and lifestyle. Also, like his film work, the comics are presented in the form useful art or healing / learning art, each with a single story or lesson that begins and ends in that particular issue. 342 of these fables are now collected in a book published by Grijalbo.
In a 2003 interview with Jay Babcock, Jodorowsky said:
“Everything I could not do in movies, I make in comics and writing. I do comics because I think it’s an art form as big as movies or painting or poetry. The graphic novel is a fantastic thing for me. For four or five years every Sunday I drew a comics page, a complete story.”
There are many strips you can view at the Fabulas Panicas blog.
With thanx to Laughing Squid!