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 74)
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 1977.


Early Career[edit]

Lee Marrs attended American University and graduated in 1967 with a degree in Fine Arts.[3] During her time at American University, Marrs was introduced to comic strip artist Tex Blaisell by his daughter, whom she went to school with.[4] Marrs then began assisting Blaisell, working on comics such as Little Orphan Annie, Prince Valiant, and Hi and Lois. [4] At the same time, Marrs also worked for CBS News in Washington DC at WTOP, where she created artwork for the station and also drew live editorial cartoons on Saturday nights. [4] In the late 1960s, Marrs moved to San Francisco where she helped found Alternative Features Service, a news service that supplied college and underground newspapers with feature stories.[4] Through the Alternative Features Service, Marrs met Trina Robbins who would introduce her to the underground comix movement.[4]

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.

The Further Fattening Adventures of Pudge, Girl Blimp[edit]

The Further Fattening Adventures of Pudge, Girl Blimp is a three part comic book series about an overweight seventeen-year-old girl named Pudge who hitchhikes to San Francisco at the height of the counterculture movement with the goal of losing her virginity. The series addresses themes of feminism, sexual orientation, racial diversity, and body positivity.[5] The first issue of Pudge, Girl Blimp was published by Last Gasp Eco Funnies in 1973, while the final two issues were published by Star*Reach in 1975 and 1977.[6] In 2016, Marrs published a complete edition of Pudge, Girl Blimp which was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2017.[7]

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. 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]


Marrs was awarded the Comic-Con International Inkpot Award in 1982.[8]

See also[edit]


  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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.
  3. ^ "AU Library Archives / Special Collections: New and Noteworthy » Celebrating AU Alumni: Lee Marrs". blogs.library.american.edu. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  4. ^ a b c d e ""Wimmen's Comix" Co-Founder Lee Marrs Reflects On a Storied Career". CBR. 2015-12-21. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  5. ^ Galvan, Margaret (Fall–Winter 2015). "Feminism Underground: The Comics Rhetoric of Lee Marrs and Roberta Gregory". Women's Studies Quarterly. 43 (3–4): 203–222. doi:10.1353/wsq.2015.0043.CS1 maint: date format (link)
  6. ^ "The Further Fattening Adventures of Pudge, Girl Blimp at Comixjoint.com". comixjoint.com. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  7. ^ Estrella, Ernie (2017-05-02). "Fantagraphics and Image Comics lead Eisner Awards nominations". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  8. ^ "Inkpot Award". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2018-11-30.

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