Sunday, 15 January 2012

"It Came From THE BOX..." # 2 - The Electric Hoax by Brendan McCarthy

These are kind of special. Some very early work from Brendan McCarthy. The Electric Hoax ran for a few months in the weekly British music paper Sounds in 1978. It was written by Pete Milligan, and was the beginning of a beautiful partnership, though I don't think they ever signed it with their own names, preferring pseudonyms like The Post-Nuclear Depressionists and The Human Haters. I don't think it has been reprinted, though you can see a few scans on Brendan's own blogspot.

These aren't perfect scans. I lugged them around with me from home to home and they have suffered from mildew and yellowing, and it even looks like the mice have gotten to a few of them, but I rather think that adds to the appeal, don't you?


  1. I was lucky enough to get a piece of commissioned art from Brendan recently (characters from Strange Days) and there's also a reference to the Electrick Hoax (Moby Train) that I would never have spotted if not for the episodes you posted, David. Many thanks for that!

    You can see it here (also the pencils, a few other McCarthy pages and various classic 2K art):

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  3. That's a beautiful piece of art, and it ties in to so much of Brendan's past work - including of course that neat little mention of Moby Train.

  4. Brendan's great.. (love his Rogan Gosh).. This earlier work I didn't knew of.