Animal Confidential

    (Dark Horse, 1992)
™ and ©1992 the respective creators

In the 1950s, before the rise of supermarket tabloids, the primary source of lurid and sensational stories about celebrities was a magazine called Hollywood Confidential. Animal Confidential duplicates the concept of outrageous and scandalous stories, but features animals as the subjects for satiric effect.

Two stories, “Horseshoes Ain’t Lucky” and “Mary the Elephant,” which comprise the bulk of the book, are text pieces written by Jerry Prosser and spot illustrated by Jack Pollack. The humor in these stories is entirely dependent on how funny the reader finds the concept of animals as mob hitmen or trapeze artists.

The humor on two pseudo ad pages by Mark Martin is a bit more keen, and parallels the absurdity and outlandishness of a Monty Python skit.

— George Haberberger

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 NN; One-shot; B&W anthologyFrancis Shoemaker, Jack Pollock, Mark Martin, Nina Paley, Randy Stradley, Rick GearyEric Vincent, Jack Pollock, Mark Martin, Nina Paley, Rick Geary