Thursday, July 22, 2010

If Archie was Black, he would have been Fast Willie Jackson!

Though it looks like it, Fast Willie Jackson was not published  by Archie Comics, but by Black-owned publisher Fitzgerald Publications who had previously published the Golden Legacy non-fiction comic series about Black history.
Fast Willie was their entry into the mass-market comics market.
Though not Comics Code-approved, it received newsstand distribution, and sales were climbing for each successive issue.
Unfortunately, it reached break-even only with the seventh (and final) issue, when other matters caused Fitzgerald Publications to cease producing new material for an extended period. When Fitzgerald resumed publishing, Fast Willie was not among the titles.
We've incorporated Fast Willie into our Classic Comix collection featuring digitally-remastered and restored oversized (up to 11 x 17) vintage images emblazoned on sweatshop-free American Apparel and Anvil Knitwear shirts and tote bags.
Can you dig it?

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