Weird Trips #2 (1978, Kitchen Sink Press)
My father recently remarried, and my not-so-wicked stepmother decided I needed get my stuff out of their house. A fairly reasonable demand considering I haven’t lived there since 2005. Last summer I did as asked, and took the last of my childhood belongings out of their Georgia home, to the distant, exotic land of Wisconsin. Since then, I’ve rediscovered many old interests, including my former, and once again, intense love of comic books. I’ve been filling in the gaps of my childhood collection with gusto. All my spare time not spent writing, working, or being with my wife, has been spent in either Metropolis or Gotham City. Bet you didn’t know I traveled so much, eh?
Anyways, I stumbled across this amazing cover tonight (over to your left) and I had to share it with the rest of my fellow Sickos.
Weird Trips was a VERY short-lived magazine published by Wisconsin’s Underground Magazine/Comix publisher Kitchen Sink Press. While it appears to be a comic book, it was actually a magazine dedicated to the bizarre. What’s more bizarre than Edward Gein, an wisconinite who dug up female corpses and made skin chairs out of them? Oh, and he killed one or two women too.
Kitchen’s owner and publisher Denis Kitchen grew up in Racine, so it’s no wonder that Ed was featured on the cover of the second, and last ever, issue of Weird Trips. The magazine also featured an illustration of Gein wearing a skin suit. Non-Gein content also included articles about Aleister Crowley, Timothy Leary, and a true story of a flooded (and uprooted) cemetery in California. This issue is difficult to locate. I’ve not even ever seen a copy, I’m merely sharing this information so that all you sickies out there can keep your eyes open at the next comic-con or antique show.
If you’d like to know more about Mr. Gein, visit this site’s controversial Ed Gein page, which started last winter’s infamous/ridiculous Satanic Panic, which made WisSick front page news all over the nation.