As part of this year’s virtual Lakes International Comics Art Festival – #LicafLive – this weekend, 9th – 11th October 2020, the team have been collecting some of the most bizarre, disturbing, accidentally hilarious and just plain wrong comics panels and covers that have ever appeared in print – some British.
Now, the “Weirdest Comic Book Panels of All Time” are all yours to enjoy, over on the LICAF Facebook Page – and while many of these “Comics out of Context” examples are bizarre scenes from US titles, this gallery of the weird includes “Captain Caution“, drawn by Ron Smith, featured here on downthetubes, a character created for British Rail to promote rail safety; and a very odd 1978 cover of Tiger and Scorcher, featuring wrestler Johnny Cougar.
During the Festival – taking place this weekend online, and totally for free – you’ll be treated to a collection of humorous, infantile, and some most definitely not politically correct images that have somehow wormed their way past the editors and made it into print.
Taken out of context, the inferences of some items in no way condoned by the Festival team, these comic panels are masterpieces of utter vulgarity, unintentional double entendres or just plain weirdness.
The majority of images in this exhibition were gathered from various web sources devoted to the topic, and sources were not identified.
At the end of the Festival, based in part on feedback from Festival followers on Facebook, the top three weirdest panels of all time will be chosen for a special tribute.
Comics out of context has long been an internet favourite of course, with the British “Weird Retro” (archived here on Wayback Machine) a major player in disseminating the strangest of imagery at one time. There’s Comics out of Context Page here on Facebook, a similarly titled group here, and a Twitter account you can follow, too – among others!
The Festival does not condone the content of some images in any way
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