Aesop's Fables #3
. Fantagraphics Books . Seattle
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Here is the third of three extra copies of this comic book. A weird and wonderful comic book experience. Seven fables are told with many twists not in earlier versions. The Two Mistresses is really about two-timing. The women both refuse a kiss and eventually collaborate on humiliating him. The Wolf crier is asked to take over by shepherds who go off to drink beer. The Lion and the Weasel (and deer) may be the best story in the group. Mercury and the Sculptor is about a Mercury who is a beer drinking, cigar smoking construction worker. The central character of OF brags, is squished, blows himself up bigger than the ox, hits a thorn, flies around like a balloon letting out air, and lands on the ox's horn muttering. The Snake and the Crab features a graphic display of straightening out. TH features a $100 bet over the best two out of three races. The hare lets the tortoise win the first. In the third race, the tortoise bribes a female bunny with $50 to distract the hare. The cover of the comic has nothing to do with the particular fables inside. Santino reports on 2 that this will be the last in the series and reveals some information on Aesop in comics: Aesop's fables were backup stories in forty editions of Junior Classics Illustrated, namely between #509 and 572. Recently Classics Illustrated #26 by Eric Vincent was Aesop's Fables.