Unappreciated Genius: Craig Yoe on Boody Rogers
By Zack Smith
The last few years have seen an unearthing of many of the strange, unusual and downright craziest creators in comics history. But this March, one of the craziest will be unleashed on the world again withBoody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers, published by Fantagraphics.
Rogers’ cartoony work seems innocent at first glance…but his stories often took a turn into the completely insane. An average tale might feature insect-women, shrinking, mad scientists, crazed hillbillies and more. Though Rogers’ comic career was relatively short (he retired in 1952 to run a couple of art supply stores), his work has earned a loyal cult following.
If you don’t believe us, check out this story featuring his best-known creation, Sparky Watts. Or, if you’re feeling more bold, try this three-part epic starring “Babe, Darling of the Woods:”
Now that we’ve whet your appetite, it’s on to our main course – a talk with Craig Yoe, the editor of Fantagraphics’ Rogers retrospective. Yoe’s book is a unique combination of Rogers’ best work along with interviews with the late creator, who passed away in 1996. Yoe was happy to talk with us about his relationship with Rogers, and the effect Rogers’ work had on his fragile psyche.