The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of the Panel: Dell #5

From: The Monkees: Ship O' Fools
(Artists Unknown)
(The Monkees #9, February 1967)


la peregrina said...

It's a kindness to the artist that he stay unknown. I don't know which is worst the stiffness of his line or his inability to draw human feet that do not look like flippers.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Random boldface in the all-caps narration: I used to puzzle over that tradition as a kid; I finally decided it was just to jazz things up a bit: "Merciful Heavens! Now what are those GUYS up to?"

swac said...

Good timing, Rhino just released their deluxe set for the post-Tork Monkees release Instant Replay, featuring a ton of unreleased tracks from Nesmith's Nashville sessions. The original LP is a mixed bag, but the buried treasures are a real joy to have.

Smeghead2068 said...

artist is Jose Delbo