PUBLISHER-Carnal Comics AKA Re-Visionary Press
I was pondering what comic to do next. Then saw it would be comic 69 and remembered a long forgotten comic from my collection.About 2 years ago my cousin's now teenage older son was visiting for part of the summer. He wanted some comics to read and since his parents are fairly lax in what they let him read/watch,pretty much as long as it isn't porn he can watch it,I had told him he was free to dig thru any of my longboxes I had out. Knowing that stuff like the few Robert Crumb comics I won,the 2 issues of Omaha the cat Dancer and that Cherry Special Neil Gaiman wrote a story in,for the non-hardcore comic nerds those are all comics that mine possibly get a NC-17 rating,were all in a shortbox I kept in the closet there wasn't anything he shouldn't see in my boxes. Then he pulls out the above comic. Which of course was missing the big black stars I added so Google wouldn't flag me again for having a nipple showing that is so tiny an ant would need a magnifying glass to see it.
So what the hell is this comic? It starts off ,after the black and white picture of Jasmin on the inside of the front cover,14 pages of b/w artwork on a biography of Jasmin. Which is supposedly written by Ms St. Claire. The art for this biographical story is just listed as done by Kevin Breyfogle. Looking him up seems he did 1 issue of Batman and 1 issue of Green Arrow. And then the rest of his work was for Carnal Comics. Also a Jay Allen Sanford gets credit for story. Seems Ms St Claire became huge into heavy metal music as a teen. And started getting into trouble. Mostly sneaking out to go see bands.Since she is dating a nerdy guy,well she did date Blue Meanie for a few years so maybe she is into geeks,Jasmin ends up at a convention. Were she meets producers of a few low budget horror films.Jasmin mentions being in the following films,all of which I have never heard of or ever found copies of,Naked Horror,Beauty Academy,Like Mother Like Daughter and Monster Squad. I am assuming that last one isn't the 80s classic. While doing these films and even posing for Scream Queens Illustrated,am I the only person that remembers this John Russo mag?,Jasmin is working as an investment councilor.She has a bad break up with her boyfriend. And is super pissed her stole her Barbie collection. So to get revenge she starts dancing at a topless club,yea makes no sense to me either.Topless dancing leads to layouts in porn mags. Which leads to porn movies. Which leads to her setting the "world record" for having sex with 300 men in one day.
Up next is 4 pages of b/w photos of Jasmin in various stages of undress.But they are all Playboy style pictures. T&A and that is it. Nothing too graphic.
Then there is the 13 page story titled "Surfer Safari". Story credit again goes to Jasmin and Jay Allen Sanford. And art is by Fauve. No not Brett Fauve. Just Fauve. Looked him up at the great www.comicbookdb.com. All Fauve has done is pencils and inks on stuff for Carnal Comics.And he seems to have had a long run on the Vamperotica series of mini series,now there is a comic I bet almost no one remembers.In this story Jasmin lives on a private island off the coast of St. Croix.Somehow a bunch of surfers end up on the island. And they all have sex with Jasmin. The art is much much better in this story. With a few pages feeling like they came straight out of sometime Ripoff Press published in the early 70s. But there is no story. It is just an excuse to show sex. And nothing wrong with that. But with the art being so good I would have liked more story.
The next page is ad add for Atomic Comics and FOXE. FOXE is Fans Of X-rated Entertainemnt. Then at the bottom of the page we get a little info on the two artists that worked on this issue. With Kevin Breyfogle we just get what I assume is a self portrait. And of course mention of him working on Batman. But Fauve we get a picture. Seems Fauve is a woman. So that is kind of neat. A female artist doing a straight up porn comic. For Fauve they mention her work on Vamperotica and also Vampfire. Seems she also did some work for Screw magazine.
The next page is a full page add for the Jasmin St Claire Fan Club.For just $25 you got
A regular newsletter
a list of all of Jasmin's videos
A list of all her upcoming projects and appearances
A 8x10 picture
A discount on various merch Ms St Claire is selling
And the opportunity to bid in periodic auctions of personal memorabilia.
Then on our final page of the comic,we get a listing/sale ad for all the Carnal Comic comic books,some trading card sets,vhs,pictures,and audio cassette and original artwork from the comics.
And finally on the inside back cover we get a b/w version of this picture,of course without the censoring stars.
Now why the hell did I buy this comic back in 98ish? At the time I was shopping at Lynn's Comics in Nederland TX. And he made it a point to order at least one copy of every comic in the Previews Adult supplement. Most of it was cause he was strongly opposed to any form of censorship. And like he told me a few times. "I can pay $1 for a comic that I turn around and sell for $5." While I do not like breast implants,back in 98 I did find Ms St. Claire a pretty attractive woman. And by then she had started getting into the pro wrestling business. So those are all factors in why I bought it. And another factor was good old comic book speculation. See Carnal Comics usually did two version of their porn star bio comics. One would have a drawn cover. And then there was the limited and numbered photo covers.I got the limited and numbered photo cover. Just glanced at the cover and it's cover price is $3.50. And that is for 32 pages of b/w comics. I am sure I got my normal 25% off cover but still the price is stupid high.And hell since I mentioned it here is the drawn cover.
Jamie Murrey is listed as the artist for the above cover. And all he has done is porn comic work. Notice how that cover has a $.2.95 cover price. So you had to pay 55 cents more to get the photo cover and the limited number. Of and speaking of the numbered.
I have seen quite a few limited numbered comics. Hell Triumphant comics did it for every comic they put out. But it is always printed on the cover. Not with Carnal Comics. They made a sticker and stuck it on the cover. Seems I got number 866 out of 2500 made.
Carnal Comics:True Stories of Adult Film Stars Jasmin St. Claire #01 gets a Pass.