Before Ned Sonntag’s gonzo sex strips graced the pages of the plus-sized men’s mag BUF
, there was Vic Martin’s ongoing strip “Joy Gorge
.” Martin was a busy magazine cartoonist who appeared in a variety of Mad
rip-offs along with a variety of lower-tier skin and tease mags. His Joy was a blond gold-digger who gains weight to catch the eye of a wealthy Middle Eastern Aga and gives into her inclination toward gluttony in the process. The Joy Gorge strips are fairly typical examples of men’s mag comics – strips where every male is perpetually horny and every femme is equally ready to give into their carnal urges – the primary wrinkle, of course, being that Joy’s gustatory urges are given just as much play as her sexual ones.
It wasn’t “Little Annie Fanny” by any means, but, in its simple big-footed way, Martin’s strip has its charms. It ran uninterrupted for five issues, then went on hiatus – purportedly while the magazine’s editors gauged audience loyalty to the character. (In the interim, Martin produced a two-page place holder strip and a one-page gag featuring Joy.) When she finally returned, it was under a new editorial regime. As a result, the character was quickly whisked off-stage to be replaced by a new horny BBW, Titanic Tina, who didn’t seem to share the same whole-hearted appetites as her predecessor. Brunette Tina maintained her own storyline for a few issues in BUF
, but was soon turned into the central figure in a series of theme gag pages (Tina shows up a nudist colony; Tina gets a chef boyfriend, etc.) that ran for several years in the magazine. One suspects that the easy-joke one-pagers were better suited to BUF
’s page rates.
In any event, a web page devoted to Joy’s adventures has been cobbled together by yours truly for the Dimensions
website. The first five story strips and Martin’s hiatus strip are currently posted; my goal’s to get the rest of Joy’s story up within the month. Haven’t yet decided whether to then proceed into the “Titanic Tina” storyline, so any feedback on this is appreciated.