Books Finding Gregory
posted by May 20 at 12:00 PMon
Yesterday, I was in the University District and, as I frequently do, I stopped into Magus Books. I had no particular book in mind, so I sort of bumbled around the store, checking things out.
I found a couple of Doc Savage novels that I didn’t have—Hex and Brand of the Werewolf—and I checked out the comic book section and found a book that I’d read years ago and totally forgotten about: Marc Hempel’s Gregory.
Gregory is a little light bulb-shaped boy who lives in a mental institution with a talking rat named Herman that continually gets killed and is reincarnated as himself. The only things that Gregory can say are “Zub,” “Bim Bim Bim Bim Bim,” and “I Gregory.” His favorite pastime is running around his cell and screaming until he collapses. Here, from Flickr user Scott McW, is the part of the book when Gregory’s straitjacket breaks and so he subsequently learns that he has arms:
This was one of my favorite comic books when I was in high school. It’s so sweet, in a very wrong way. There’s another copy of it at Magus for five bucks; somebody should go buy it.