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Almost Hidden – Keith Giffen’s PunX

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Even with this large amount of comic books that have been collected in trade paperbacks, there are still a number of great comic books that have never been reprinted (I’d say roughly 60% of them are DC Comics from the 1980s through the mid-1990s). So every day this month I will spotlight a different cool comic book that is only available as a back issue. Here is an archive of the comic books featured so far.

I want you folks to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com with your suggestions for comics that I should feature this month. I’d like to see what you all would like to see get more attention.

A number of you asked me to continue the Giffen goodness with PunX, so, well, here ya go! PunX was an ill-fated series Giffen did for Valiant, written and drawn by Giffen, inked by Claude St. Aubin and colored by Lovern Kindzierski

While ostensibly this series was about a group of “Generation X” superheroes in the town of Acclamation, Oregon (a play on the owner of Valiant at the time, the video game company Acclaim), the three issues Giffen produced of this series before it was canceled were not really about plot, per se, and more about mocking the very conventions of the modern day comic book (particularly through the various superheroes who live in Acclamation). Luckily, Giffen did his mocking in a compellingly offbeat fashion, so it was a lighthearted and amusing satire of comic books.

Take this inspired bit from issue #2, for instance…





Here’s a hilarious bit about recap pages from #3…


One of the more outlandish sequences in the comic came toward the middle of #3…






Spot on parody, and very cool of Bernard Chang to go along with the joke. The Massersky stuff is very much a throwback to the way Julie Schwartz was used in Ambush Bug.

On top of the three issues, there was also a “manga special” one-shot with artwork by Kevin Lau. It involved a Godzilla-like creature who decides to move on past just terrorizing Tokyo…


These issues are actually somewhat hard to find on the back issue market, but if you do, they’re each worth picking up. They’re all funny, irreverent comic books.