The Puma Blues

 PUMB   (Aardvark One, 1986-1989)

ô and ©1984 Stephen Murphy and Michael Zulli

(From the Slings & Arrows Comic Guide)

In the year 2000, Gavia Immer is a soldier sent out into the wild to observe and sample nature. Itís a world where racist fantasies have nuked the Bronx and the rivers need regular doses of alkalines in order to offset the effects of acid rain. A flying mantra ray has stirred political interest and Gavia is beset by memories of his father (whom he re-encounters through videos) and conversations with a trespassing cowboy, which are recorded by a wandering robotic chauffeur.

Puma Blues is a complex, increasingly abstract work, undoubtedly heartfelt. At times it seems thereís no plot, just a series of observations on nature, human or otherwise. Itís also an intense plea for the protection of the environment from future depredation. Zulliís artwork is detailed, like Barry Windsor-Smithís, but he has also picked up the scratchiness of an Eddie Campbell. Itís certainly very illustrative, particularly in #5, a wordless trip through the forest at night, with short vignettes about the creatures still abroad. Issue #20 is a benefit book (with contributions from Dave Sim, Steve Bisette, Chester Brown, Peter Laird, Tim Truman, Tom Sutton, Alan Moore, Kev Eastman, and Rick Veitch) to show solidarity in a dispute between publishers and distributors. ~NF

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#1

  6/1/1986
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Aardvark One International PublisherStephen MurphyMichael Zulli

#1 (2nd printing)

  11/1/1986
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2nd printingStephen MurphyMichael Zulli

#2

  9/1/1986
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10,000 copies printedStephen MurphyMichael Zulli

#3

  12/1/1986
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19,000 copies printedStephen MurphyMichael Zulli

#4

  2/1/1987
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13,000 copies printedStephen MurphyMichael Zulli

#5

  3/1/1987
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13,000 copies printedStephen MurphyMichael Zulli

#6

  4/1/1987
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#7

  5/1/1987
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12,000 copies printedStephen MurphyMichael Zulli

#8

  5/1/1987
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#9

  7/1/1987
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#10

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#11

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#12

  10/1/1987
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#13

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#14

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#15

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#16

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#17

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#18

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#19

 
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Self-publishedStephen MurphyMichael Zulli

#20

 
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Self-publishedStephen Murphy, Alan Moore, Chester Brown, Dan Day, Bill Moulage, Dave Sim, Peter Laird, Nancy OíConnor, Timothy Truman, Dan Berger, Dick Russell, Jim Lawson, Dave Roman, Tom Sutton, Tom Veitch, Eric Talbot, Rick Veitch, Stephen R. Bissette, Steve FiorillaMichael Zulli, Steve Lavigne, Chester Brown, Dan Day, Bill Moulage, Dave Sim, Peter Laird, Nancy OíConnor, Timothy Truman, Dan Berger, Dick Russell, Jim Lawson, Dave Roman, Stephen R. Bissette, Eric Talbot, Kevin Eastman, Steve Fiorilla, Ryan Brown

#21

 
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Mirage Studio PublisherStephen MurphyMichael Zulli

#22

 
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B&WStephen MurphyMichael Zulli

#23

 
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B&WStephen MurphyMichael Zulli

#24.5

 
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16 page mini-comicStephen Murphy, Michael ZulliMichael Zulli

#24.5 (2nd printing)

 
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16 page mini-comic; Second print included in Puma Blues Book #2Stephen Murphy, Michael ZulliMichael Zulli

Book #1

 
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Sense of DoubtStephen MurphyMichael Zulli

Book #2

 
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Watch that ManStephen MurphyMichael Zulli

Deluxe Set #1

 
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The Complete Saga, published by Dover Publications, circa 2015Stephen MurphyMichael Zulli