Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Classics - Neil the Horse #1

   You would be hard-pressed to find a more unusual, delightful, free-spirited comic book than Arn Saba's Neil the Horse Comics and Stories.

   Published in 1983 by Aarvark-Vanaheim press (best known for Cerebus), the comic was a cross between classic cartoons, film musicals and Pee-Wee's Playhouse.

   It followed the whimsical adventures of three characters: Neil, the lovable and optimistic horse who loves bananas; Soapy, the grouchy and conniving cat with the mangled syntax; and Mam'selle Poupee, the lovely woman who is a literal living doll.

    The issue is loaded with a variety of stories, poems, text stories, music scores, silent vignettes, comic strips and short adventures (including a trip to hell)!

    It's just a pure delight - from stories of our heroes racing across rooftops with suction cups on their feet to a paper doll dress-up page, it's just an amazing mix of sweetness and fun.

   Sadly, Neil didn't last long - only a couple of years - which is a shame. The world could always use more musical comedies, even in the silent pages of a classic comic book.

Grade: A


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