(1989)

Vortex, 1989 Series
 
Price:
9.95 USD; 11.95 CAD
Pages:
212
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
?
Barcode:
?
Editing:
William P. Marks (publisher)
Color:
Color cover; Black and White interior
Dimensions:
6 1/2" x 9" (16.5 cm x 22.9 cm)
Paper Stock:
Cardstock cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Squarebound

[A Yummy Fur Book] (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Colors:
Chester Brown ?
Letters:
Chester Brown

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Ed the Happy Clown
Keywords:
adult

How This Foreword Got Written (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Harvey Pekar
Pencils:
Chester Brown [as Chester]
Inks:
Chester Brown [as Chester]
Letters:
Chester Brown [as Chester]

Genre:
biography
Characters:
Harvey Pekar; Chester Brown; Man with Ponytail; Bill Marks; Zany Doctor
Synopsis:
A history of Harvey Pekar and Chester Brown meeting each other.
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Keywords:
autobiography

Indexer Notes

Chester draws himself as a bunny.

Author's Preface (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Synopsis:
How Chester Brown came to publishing comics.

Indexer Notes

States that "the first Ed story and the first Adventures in Science story were drawn before I started Yummy Fur. Chapter One and the rest of the stories in the Introductory Pieces section were drawn for the Yummy Fur mini comic and Chapter Two and up were drawn for the Vortex issues."

Introductory Pieces (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Characters:
Ed the Happy Clown; Frankenstein's Monster
Reprints:

Ed the Happy Clown (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Ed the Happy Clown
Synopsis:
Ed tries to help out, but everything goes wrong.
Reprints:
Keywords:
adult

Adventures in Science (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A professor and his assistants study the masturbation techniques of giant squids.
Reprints:
Keywords:
adult

Ed and the Beanstalk (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Jack; Ed; Frankenstein's monster [noted as Frankenstein]; Christian; Tim
Synopsis:
Satire of Jack and the Beanstalk [English fairy tale].
Reprints:
Keywords:
adult

Adventures is Science (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / comic story / 2.33 pages (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Scientists find the face of Jesus on masking tape.
Reprints:
Keywords:
adult

Crime and Punishment with Ed the Happy Clown (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / comic story / 3.66 pages (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Ed the Happy Clown; Chet Doodley
Synopsis:
Chet Doodley loses his hand and Ed the Happy Clown goes to jail.
Reprints:
Keywords:
adult

Adventures in Science (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A scientist demonstrates the difference between an earthworm and a piano.
Reprints:
Keywords:
adult

Indexer Notes

In Yummy Fur (Chester Brown, 1983 series) #7, last panel is printed as-is with "Tortured Canoe" in the address, in Ed the Happy Clown (Vortex, 1989 series) #nn, the address is simply "Toronto Ontario".

The Man Who Couldn't Stop (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A man sitting on a toilet just can't stop.
Reprints:
Keywords:
adult

Ed the Happy Clown in Confinement (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Ed the Happy Clown
Synopsis:
Ed gets his makeup wiped off and his head shaved.
Reprints:
Keywords:
adult

Chapter One (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Ed the Happy Clown
Synopsis:
The man who couldn't stop is put in jail and accidentally helps everyone break out.
Reprints:
Keywords:
adult

Indexer Notes

Reprint has slightly different formatting for first page than original. Also first page includes image from Yummy Fur (Chester Brown, 1983 series) #7's cover of a woman being attacked by a werewolf.

Chapter Two (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Synopsis:
Mary and the baby Jesus, with Jesus holding a severed hand.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Dated "20.12.87"

Chapter Two (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / comic story / 19 pages (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Chet Doodley; Ed the Happy Clown
Synopsis:
Chet remembers stories about St. Justin and follows Ed to the bookstore.
Reprints:
Keywords:
adult

Indexer Notes

In Yummy Fur (Vortex, 1986 series) #4, panel showing masterbation was censored. Here it is shown.

Chapter Three (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Ed the Happy Clown; Marcy; Cirel
Synopsis:
Cirel takes Ed out to the woods. Chet leaves Josie out in the woods. Pygmies take both Ed and Josie down to the sewers.
Reprints:
Keywords:
adult

Indexer Notes

First panel deleted in reprint (warning to the reader that this story includes adult content, with picture of knife stabbing a table). Last panel also slightly re-drawn (omitting "Next issue...").

Chapter Four (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Ed the Happy Clown; Chet; Annie; Josie
Synopsis:
The pygmy hunters go out hunting. Josie meets Annie, Chet's dead sister. Josie gets killed again.
Reprints:
Keywords:
adult

Indexer Notes

First page redrawn (small pictures of Josie and Ed taken out). Last panel taken out (Chester Brown as a bunny saying the story is too long and has to be continued). 2nd last panel redrawn to cover last panel being missing.

Chapter Five (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
The Professor; President Reagan; Nancy Reagan;
Synopsis:
Dimension X is found and President Reagan's head gets stuck in it.
Reprints:
Keywords:
adult

Indexer Notes

First and last panels slightly redrawn for reprint.

Chapter Six (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Ed the Happy Clown; Josie; Ronald Reagan; The Professor
Synopsis:
Ed and Josie are lost beneath the sewers. Josie gets shot. The Professor and Ronald Reagan meet. Ed goes on the Adventures In Science TV Show.
Reprints:
Keywords:
adult

Indexer Notes

Reformatted from the original publication. Title page to story is from cover of Yummy Fur (Vortex, 1986 series) #8. First panel of reprint taken from detail of first page of original story. All panels have been shifted down the page and the last panel of the story ("Next Issue...") has been omitted.

Chapter Seven (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Reprints cover without "graphitti".

Chapter Seven (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Ed the Happy Clown; The Professor
Synopsis:
Ed and the Professor appear on Good Morning Canada. The Adventures In Science people find out everyone from the Professor's dimension are homosexual and they kill him.
Reprints:
Keywords:
adult

Chapter Eight (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Quincy and Quincy, Vampire Killers; Josie; Ed the Happy Clown
Synopsis:
Josie finds out she's a vampire and goes back into her body. The Vampire Killers kill the Pygmy hunter. Ed and Josie escape from the Adventures in Science building.
Reprints:
Keywords:
adult

Indexer Notes

First panel of story modified to read "Chapter Eight" instead of "Destroy All Vampires"

Chapter Nine (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Ed the Happy Clown; Chet; Josie; Brian Mulroney
Synopsis:
Josie hunts down Chet at the hospital so she can have sex with him and then kill him. She does this so he will go to Hell. Ed talks to his penis.
Reprints:
Keywords:
adult

Indexer Notes

Title page image is similar to the background of the cover of Yummy Fur (Vortex, 1986 series) #11.

Chapter Ten (Table of Contents)

Ed the Happy Clown / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Chester Brown
Pencils:
Chester Brown
Inks:
Chester Brown
Letters:
Chester Brown

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Ed the Happy Clown; Bick; Mrs. Backman; Gerry
Synopsis:
Bick and Ed get their penis's switched. Mrs. Backman brings Ed home from the hospital thinking it is her husband. Gerry tells the RCMP that he's seen Ed. The RCMP come and take away Bick.
Reprints:
Keywords:
adult

["a landmark in Canadian comics..."] (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Colors:
?
Letters:
Chester Brown

Indexer Notes

Photo of Chester Brown with reviews of the book.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [A Yummy Fur Book]
    Ed the Happy Clown
  2. 1. How This Foreword Got Written
  3. 2. Author's Preface
  4. 3. Introductory Pieces
    Ed the Happy Clown
  5. 4. Ed the Happy Clown
    Ed the Happy Clown
  6. 5. Adventures in Science
    Ed the Happy Clown
  7. 6. Ed and the Beanstalk
    Ed the Happy Clown
  8. 7. Adventures is Science
    Ed the Happy Clown
  9. 8. Crime and Punishment with Ed the Happy Clown
    Ed the Happy Clown
  10. 9. Adventures in Science
    Ed the Happy Clown
  11. 10. The Man Who Couldn't Stop
    Ed the Happy Clown
  12. 11. Ed the Happy Clown in Confinement
    Ed the Happy Clown
  13. 12. Chapter One
    Ed the Happy Clown
  14. 13. Chapter Two
    Ed the Happy Clown
  15. 14. Chapter Two
    Ed the Happy Clown
  16. 15. Chapter Three
    Ed the Happy Clown
  17. 16. Chapter Four
    Ed the Happy Clown
  18. 17. Chapter Five
    Ed the Happy Clown
  19. 18. Chapter Six
    Ed the Happy Clown
  20. 19. Chapter Seven
    Ed the Happy Clown
  21. 20. Chapter Seven
    Ed the Happy Clown
  22. 21. Chapter Eight
    Ed the Happy Clown
  23. 22. Chapter Nine
    Ed the Happy Clown
  24. 23. Chapter Ten
    Ed the Happy Clown
  25. 24. ["a landmark in Canadian comics..."]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Peter Croome
  • Steven Samuels
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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