Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Boys Club Comic's first volume is a hilarious satire on contemporary American culture, set in the colorful idyllic suburbs of hypocritical "Codes," where the only accepted social code is the constant fighting and drinking. Illustrated withcartoon-style facial expressions, this comic perfectly captures the sixties mode of "semi-publishing"--suburban adolescence's equivalent to today's corporate grind. Illustrators include talented newcomers such as Greg Gasparino, with styles ranging from comics to illustration to web comics. Gasparino's work has appeared in numerous magazines includingitely in GQ, Esquire, and Men's Weekly. His work as an illustrator for Marvel Comics gave him the opportunity to illustrate Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk, Avengers, Spider-Man, and several other high-profile comic book titles.
"The Boys Club" follows the misadventures of five loners who live in a suburban America populated primarily by wimps. Andy, a slack-jawed beer drinking teen, is the club's lifeguard and is known for his surly chain smoking and knack for picking fights. Brett, a quiet computer guru, is a member who rarely comes into contact with other members. Pepe, a drug enthusiast and expert poker player, is the most outgoing. He is also the only one of the five who shows any sign of emotion, let alone love, in the beginning.
After an introductory story detailing the circumstances that brought each boy to the club (in which they inadvertently helped a washed out football star win back his scholarship), the next panel features a graphic depiction of one of their exploits. In the story, the group of boys engages in a water polo game after which Andy snaps and punches Brett in the head, so badly that the other boys are forced to restrain him. Following the punch, Andy makes a comment about how like a dog, he too would soon get "tough," much to the dismay of his friends. This brings Brett and Andy back to their home for what appears to be an impromptu sleepover where they are joined by Candi, their adopted mother, who tries to seduce them. This sequence of events, along with a few others, form the bulk of the storyline.
It is here that we see the duality of Andy and Brett. The comic depicts both as wimps who live a sheltered life away from the more dangerous aspects of suburbia. It is also portrayed as being extremely gay and happy about being thrown into a gay club. And yet in the next panel we are told that they have just formed a new goth/punk band and plan to drive the girls crazy with their music.
The storyline then flashes forward to six months later, during which the boys all go on a road trip. The boys meet up with an old man named Scot, who introduces them to the club. They spend the night playing cards and eventually exit the club in search of Candi. She is nowhere to be found, however, because she has disappeared into the desert. We soon find out that she has been kidnapped by the Manson family. With the help of Scot and another boy, Matt ( Micheal O'Brien ), the boys set out to find Candi and bring her back to the safety of their house.
The rest of the story involves the boys trying to figure out why Candi has run off. She tells them that she was having an affair with her stepfather, but is unsure of whether or not he knew about her feelings. Apparently, though, he did know, which is why she ran. The boys find evidence of drug use in Candi's home, so they interrogate her boyfriend. He tells them that Candi had been seeing someone else, so they raid his house and learn that Candi was seeing a fan of the comic.
The whole scene is beautifully illustrated by artist Michael Deaver. His style exudes a quiet heroism and sense of humor, as most artists portraying comic book characters have a difficult time doing. I have always liked the art, even if it is on the softer side. He does a terrific job of making the characters look and act like real people.
Boys Club Comic Books are a great source of entertainment for children. I highly recommend this book, whether you are a boy or a girl, because it is full of fun and good lessons. If you enjoy reading comic books, you will love this book.