FORTY-3 (comic anthology, 1992-94)

From 1992 to 1994, I was the editor of this fine, lo-fi school-funded anthology at Massachusetts College of Art (MassArt). It was nightmarish and sort of fun. The name FORTY-3 apparently lived on for at least a short while after I left… maybe the incoming freshmen didn’t realize that I’d made up the name and thought it was some thing “official”, I dunno.
The five issues I put out included contributions from Mister Reusch, Paul Alix, Jack Purcell, Matt Smith, and lots of dudes submitting under assumed names. As for my personal contributions to the issues, I had a recurring storyline comic called Bughouse (later renamed to BUGHAUS after some dude put out a “real” comic called BugHouse). In that magically inconvenient world before Internet, I made many trips to many different copy shops. FORTY-3 is out-of print and rabidly sought after by indy comic fans around the world. There have been several reported violent stabbings.


ISSUE 1
NOVEMBER 1992
cover art by Paul Alix
This is the issue that picks up where DON’T SHOOT, IT’S ONLY COMICS does not leave off.


ISSUE 1-and-a-half
early 1993
cover art by MISTER REUSCH
This is the issue where I learned that a Smith-Corona electric typewriter is a fine, fine typesetting tool.


ISSUE #X
sometime in 1993
cover art by Screaming Red Destroyer
This is the issue where I realized how small the talent pool was, despite being at an “art school”.


Issue with no name, apparently
late 1993
cover art by Jack Purcell
This is the issue where I realized I would never have a career in politics.


ISSUE SNIFF
sometime in 1994
cover art by Mr. Seductive
This is the issue where I officially quit in the letter-from-the-editor.


Hey there.

Just came across your site, bored at work, while searching under “Forty-3”, the official MassArt comic. I contributed to “Forty-3” back in, oh, say ’96 or so, and edited the next couple issues with a guy named Dan Wallis. And no, we had no idea why it was called “Forty-3”, other than a rumor that it was some form of non-sequitor. As far as I know, Forty-3 died after our last issue maybe in ’97? ’98? I tried to keep it alive through a surrogate editor, as I was only in school 1 day a week at that point, but it wasn’t meant to be. If Forty-3 did survive, I’m not aware of it. Not sure if you care, but I thought you might. Our last issue was pretty sweet.

– Kevin, Nov 30, 2004