Lee Marrs

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Lee Marrs
Lee marrs.jpg
Marrs at the 1982 San Diego Comic Con (today called Comic-Con International).
Born (1945-09-05) September 5, 1945 (age 73)
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist, Writer
Notable works
The Further Fattening Adventures of Pudge, Girl Blimp

Lee Marrs (born September 5,[1] 1945)[2] is an American cartoonist and animator, and one of the first female underground comix creators. She is best known for her comic book series The Further Fattening Adventures of Pudge, Girl Blimp, which lasted from 1973 to 1978.


Underground comics[edit]

Marrs was a frequent contributor to underground comics and one of the "founding mommies" of the Wimmen’s Comix collective. She provided stories for Wet Satin, Manhunt, El Perfecto, and Gates of Heaven. Her parodies often substituted lesbians in place of heterosexual figures, as in feature strips in the long-running Gay Comix.

As one of Mike Friedrich’s Star*Reach regulars, she expanded her writing and art style to include serious fantasy fiction in Stark's Quest (1977-79), a study of ESP, politics, and social engineering. From this body of work, "Waters of Requital" (1977) is especially powerful. She created short futuristic graphic tales for Heavy Metal magazine, Epic Illustrated, and Imagine magazine.

Mainstream comics[edit]

Marrs was one of few underground cartoonists to also work for mainstream comics publishers. She was introduced to DC Comics editor Joe Orlando by Tex Blaisdell, an artist she had worked for on Prince Valiant and Little Orphan Annie. After working on DC’s Plop!, Weird Mystery Tales, and House of Secrets, she created "Crazy Lady" (1975), a series about growing up female, for Marvel ComicsCrazy magazine. Much of her mainstream comics work was as a writer, including Wonder Woman Annual 1989, Viking Glory: the Viking Prince (1991), and Zatanna: Come Together (1993).

She wrote Dark Horse Comics' series Indiana Jones and the Arms of Gold (1994) and Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix (1995), both of which were drawn by Leo Duranona.

For Blackthorne Publishing in 1986, she created Pre-Teen Dirty-Gene Kung Fu Kangaroos, a 3-issue series parodying the then-new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and American Flagg! comics.


Marrs is also an Emmy-Award-winning[citation needed] animation director, running Lee Marrs Artwork, a digital design and animation company. She worked in 2D digital animation in the early 1980s. Her clients have included Disney/ABC, Apple Computer, IBM, Time Warner Inc., Children's Television Workshop, Nickelodeon, Electronic Arts, and MTV.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ Marrs entry, in "Marriage à la Mode" to "Marrying Kind," Michigan State University Libraries, Special Collections Division, Reading Room Index to the Comic Art Collection.

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