Editor’s note: This issue was reviewed using the counterfeit edition of Cerebus the Aardvark #1 in place of the original comic.
CEREBUS THE AARDVARK #1
(Cover by Dave Sim)
Published and © by Aardvark-Vanaheim, Dec. 1977
“Cerebus the Aardvark”
Synopsis: Cerebus the Aardvark arrives at an unnamed tavern and is soon hired to acquire the mystical Flame Jewel.
Writer: Dave Sim
Review: While it would later acquire literary heft, Cerebus the Aardvark’s arrival in the late 1970s was a breath of ground-level fresh air. Dave Sim’s art in this debut is noticeably crude, but it’s also bristling with energy; already, he’s pushing the envelope with creative storytelling techniques. As a writer, Sim’s skills are already above average. While the book began as little more than a Conan parody, Sim’s comedic delivery is excellent. Cerebus would get better – a lot better – in the years to come, but it was a welcome addition to any collection right out of the gate.
Second opinion: “Sim starts off issue #1 competent … .” – David Uzumeri, Comics Alliance.
Cool factor: It’s Cerebus the Aardvark. ’Nuff said.
Notable: First appearance of Cerebus the Aardvark. … Includes a “Coming Next Issue” pinup.
Collector’s note: Beware, there is a counterfeit edition of this issue.
Character quotable: “Lurking in the bushes is not for an Earth-Pig born!” — Cerebus the Aardvark (and future prime minister … and pope … and … .)
A word from the writer/artist/editor/creator: “Although crude, I hope the dedication of a rookie taking his first tentative steps unburdened by editorial interference still shows through.” — Dave Sim, in the introduction to Cerebus: Book One, 1987.