“Although crude, I hope the dedication of a rookie taking his first tentative steps unburdened by editorial interference still shows through.”Creator Dave Sim, on the debut issue of Cerebus the Aardvark
(From in the introduction to Cerebus: Book One, 1987)
ReviewTitle: “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
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 series 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.
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. The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide says the counterfeit has a glossy inside cover and a “blotted or spotty” black background on the front cover.
“Lurking in the bushes is not for an Earth-Pig born!”Cerebus the Aardvark (and future prime minister … and pope … and …)
CEREBUS THE AARDVARK #1
Published and © by Aardvark-Vanaheim, December 1977
Cover by Dave Sim
Collected EditionsCerebus the Aardvark #1 is reprinted in:
Editor’s note: This issue was reviewed using the counterfeit edition of Cerebus the Aardvark #1 in lieu of the original comic. This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, Jan. 18, 2013.