Anyone who's happened upon this blog should've realized by now that we devote an inordinate amount of attention to the works of Daniel G. Clowes—so why would 2014 have been any different? Sadly, no original art was procured, but our buddy Howie dug up the above item, which is no less precious. In 1986, Cracked magazine's editor in chief, Mort Todd, encouraged readers to send in a SASE for a free, unpublished and barely recognizable Uggly Family portrait. Howie threw his hat in the ring, received his free gift and promptly buried the 11x17 portrait in his limitless stacks, where it remained for the past 28 years ...until he found it and was kind enough to fork it over in a trade.
As for the rest, here's what Uggly Family co-creator Mort Todd himself had to say: that is indeed Dan's very first interpretation of the
Uggly's before we named 'em, even! I would do the writing and layouts
myself, and as you see this was plugging their second appearance which
tied in with some Wolverton reprints.