I’ve been working my way through all those Berkley Breathed hardcover comic compilations that have been coming out over the past couple of years. Bloom County was a heck of a comic. The ’80s in a nutshell.
My favorite part of my rereading of these books came a few months back when I first embarked on this long-term endeavor. In a totally unrelated event, I was at the grocery store, and I noticed a clerk’s nametag that said, “Haig.” “Wasn’t ‘Haig’ the name of some political figure a while back?” I wondered to myself.
When I got home, apropos of nothing, I randomly picked up the first volume of The Complete Bloom County and thought, “I should finally read these things.” A few pages in, I came across… a reference to Al Haig, who the footnotes mentioned was the former Secretary of State. Mystery solved. That was one of those events you have to file under “coincidence, hell of a.”
Anyway, I’m into the Outland collection now, which unlike Bloom County I’ve never really read — my local paper didn’t pick up Outland. So the comic above was something I’d never seen before. But it dazzled me, because I had no idea that Breathed had made the Maxfield Parrish-esque cover of a Bloom County collection from years before — Penguin Dreams and Stranger Things — into legit comic canon.
Minus the cadaverous Michael Binkley, of course.