DUCKWORK No. 5 came out in November of 1981, and I think this was the last issue of the year. Mid-terms were coming up and everybody was going to be way too busy to squeeze out another issue before winter break.
Star Duck latched on to the orbs he was admiring in the previous installment; Punk Duck got a shovel and made like Ed Gein, and the movie poster plumbed the esophageal depths. There was also Spineless Wonder, Peter the Prick, After the Fact Comics, and my first contribution to the pages of DUCKWORK, the first installment of The Brady’s Last Vacation.
In the story, America’s favorite television family, the Brady’s, crash land in the Andes and are forced to eat Alice. The brief description is a lot funnier than the atrocity I committed with my brand new set of Rapidographs to a perfectly fine piece of bristol. Oh, well. You had to start some where, and it was my entry into the pseudo-fraternity that was DUCKWORK! There was no hazing or alcohol poisoning involved and nobody whacked my butt with a paddle. All I had to do was turn in a crappy cartoon!
We were having fun and that’s what counted. They were heady times in the DUCKWORK office. Comics and movie magazines like Prevue, Fangoria, Starlog and Cinefantastique littered every surface. Frank Miller was in the midst of making a name for himself with his run on Daredevil and the sword and sorcery genre was poised to conquer the cinema as Conan the Barbarian was soon to be released. I was looking forward to the big screen barbarian, but I was really charged up about the teaming of Stephen King and George Romero for the horror film to end all horror films, Creepshow! It was an exciting time for a comic nerd, and it was an exciting time being a Duck! There was an “Our Gang “ feel to the whole escapade, and Gerry Giovinco was Spanky McFarland inviting us kids to put on a show!
I’m not sure who Alfalfa was.