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Speaking of Psychedelic Comics: “Mod Love,” 1967

Mod Love Michel Quarez

Ever since news broke that Grant Morrison was taking over as editor in chief of Heavy Metal, we’ve been looking to follow the Anointed One’s lead. And one word we keep seeing is psychedelic — Grant Morrison wants Heavy Metal to go psychedelic, according to interviews. Well, if anyone knows psychedelia in modern times, it’s Morrison — here’s a well-known page from Morrison’s The Invisibles:

Grant Morrison's Invisibles

“The Invisibles,” Copyright DC/Vertigo

The artistic influences are easy to spot — Peter Max, late-60s rock poster art, the Beatles’ animated film Yellow Submarine and related material. (This last reference is most fitting, as the page depicts John Lennon as the Hindu deity Ganesh.)

But we were recently reminded of another work, on Tumblr (tip: Alternate World Comics), that seems relevant. We don’t know whether Morrison or artist Steve Yeowell had a flashback to Michel Quarez’s Mod Love in their discussions of The Invisibles, but we wouldn’t be surprised if they did. Scans below of cover, splash pages and samples come from True Love Comics Tales.

Mod Love came out in 1967 from Western Comics (publishers also of Dell and Gold Key comics), and unlike the 10- or 12-cent comics of the day, this eye-popping book cost a half a buck. Mod Love lasted just one issue, and storywise it’s nothing special, but visually it’s a trip. Artist Michel Quarez’s comics work isn’t easy to find online, if indeed there was much more, but a Citroen fan site has preserved a promotional comic book for the Citroen Dyane (an update of the 2CV that debuted in 1968).

Mod Love Michel Quarez

Mod Love Michel Quarez

Mod Love Michel Quarez

Mod Love Michel Quarez

Mod Love Michel Quarez

Mod Love Michel Quarez

Mod Love Michel Quarez

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Published on: August 11, 2015

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