While perusing eBay recently, I happened upon the work of Vernon Grant. Not Vernon Grant the wonderful graphic artist (and father of Kellogg’s Snap, Crackle, and Pop) but Vernon E. Grant the wonderful cartoonist, whose work has never been reprinted to my knowledge, and which seems to be all but unavailable. I’m not a scholar, historian, or ravenous collector of comics and cartoons, but I definitely more than like them, and I know what I more than like when I see it. Fortunately, I was able to snag (for a reasonable price) the second issue of The Love Rangers, a black-and-white ‘zine Grant self-published from 1978 through 1988.
Born in 1935 in
Grant’s developing interest in Japanese cartooning and manga took a new direction after his introduction to The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers; it’s all reflected in the narrative, composition, and stylistic detail of The Love Rangers. In fact, Grant is credited with introducing aspects of manga to the American underground cartoon scene.
You can find Vernon Grant’s Boston Globe obituary here.
(Posted by Lisa Hirschfield)