Thursday, September 30, 2010
First published April 23, 1999, 51 copies on white paper.
2nd ed., April 26, 1999, 75 copies on yellow paper.
3rd ed., May 15, 1999, 30 copies on yellow paper with press release.
4th ed., May 23, 1999, 30 copies on yellow paper handed out at an art lecture at South Puget Sound Community College for Jane Stone's class.
As far as I can tell, the 2nd-4th editions are identical to each other. I marked my own copies, and apparently I don't have the 3rd ed.
The entire comic was printed in the Montesano Vidette, May 20, 1999.
5th ed., July 13, 1999, 60 copies on green paper.
6th ed., Aug. 16, 1999, 50 copies on goldenrod paper.
7th ed., Oct. 1999, 50 copies on blue paper.
8th ed., Special SPSCC ed., Mar. 5, 2000, 26 copies on cardstock (14 green, 11 red, 1 yellow) printed for a class lecture.
The 9th ed. was the the 1st Danger Room Reprint Ed. in June 2005 with 5 copies on red cardstock.
Morty was, I think, the first announced candidate for the 1999 McCleary mayoral election, making him the frontrunner for awhile.
Lots of local issues here that probably won't make sense to an outsider. This comic did get a number of people very upset and an equal number very amused. As you can imagine this didn't make me very popular with the town pillars. By word of mouth I heard Morty took about 5% of the vote as a write-in. His tally didn't have an impact on the outcome.
Shortly before the election I awoke to find a large Morty for Mayor sign hanging from my front fence. The authors of this work have never identified themselves, but I suspect they have the initials of Jim and Eddie Jarvis. I still have the sign in my garage.
Attached are articles from the Olympian (6-7-99) and Montesano Vidette. Photo of Morty sign by Sarah.