Clearly, Butski not only does not love Ronnie… but he’s kind of mean expressing his lack of love. And violent, too.

The legend begins. It is the year 1988, and a fourteen-year-old high school freshman starts doodling a sketchbook with a storyline to amuse himself and his classmates. Little did anyone know that it was the beginning of a comic that would go on for decades. The art may be crude, as is the humor, but… everything has a beginning.

In addition to the crude pencil-on-lined-paper art first created in 1988, while learning how to use Photoshop in 2004, the author went back and colored this golden oldie. And old-school comic book fans will note I was heavily inspired by some Marvel comics at the time… even as far as even imitating dialog out of pure love!

© 1988 Written & Illustrated by Christopher Galletta Stevens (2004 Color)

The original artwork from 1988: