Dates: 1 May 1977
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The full story of the seminal underground Sometime
Stories can be found on McCarthy's website. In brief, he describes it
"Sometime Stories by myself and Brett
in 1976, and released in 1977. Needless to say the publisher ripped us
off and we never got paid, and some ulcerous swine ran off with the
artwork for number 2...It was a shame it never made
it past the first issue...We felt we were going in a totally new
direction. Something that was truly British in flavour, but different in
its attitude. There were some ridiculous concepts in Sometime Stories.
I still particularly like The Red Slug, a very Rog 2000 inspired piece
by Brett, and also the main villain of the comic, the deranged Crinkum
Crankum who was in fact 'Reason For Man's Existence's Brother'. I liked
the Gruff as well, with Mr Skreet-nite and The Royal Blank, who were all
basic 'Hat' villains along the lines of Ditko's Crimemaster and The
Shadow. I'm still very fond of Brett's creation Felix Adler, which is
still in a way my favourite character of his. Finn Mac Cool was based on
my continuing interest in most things Irish."
Much of the inspired weirdness of
both men's later work is already very much apparent in Sometime Stories,
infused with heavy doses of '60s pop surrealism, Irish folklore and
then-current punk rock attitude.
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