You're going to hear it here first. It looks like Iron Outlaw might yet be a goer ...!
Below is an early draft of the text for the back cover for such a book.
The story lines of Iron Outlaw were sensational for their time. The year was 1970: Australia was going to Vietnam and China was emerging as a world power. The Australian identity was under threat from American TV and Japanese products. This resulted in a sudden surge in Australian Nationalism.
Iron Outlaw set out to lampoon all that was going on – cutting into the political attitude of Victorian Premier Henry Bolte and the Chief Secretary Arthur Rylah, and all the other attitudes of the time. The artwork and story text were produced by Greg and Grae, two young men just out of Swinburne and looking for things to do.
The strip appeared in the Sunday Observer and Nation Review. It lasted for a single year, and had three editors – Michael Cannon, David Robie and Kevin Childs – over its brief life span. Political correctness was not the force that it is today, so it needs to be taken in with the same sense of humour it was created in.
The establishment hated Iron Outlaw but the restless prols loved it! Today’s Melbourne would love to have Iron Outlaw tackle Chairman Dan and the associated Lockdown Lunacy. We need more of this biting satire, and a complete reprint of this Australian comic strip is worth celebrating: Long live Iron Outlaw and his mate Steel Sheila!
Comicoz is Nat Karmichael's publishing imprint. Nat is committed to preserving a permanent collection of Australian comic and comic strips. He feels that there is a need to recognise comics' contribution to and depiction of Australian culture.
Since 2011, Nat has self-published over twelve comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of
Oi Oi Oi! -- the last series of nationally-distributed comic books of original stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He is a member of the Australian Cartoonists Association and edited the Association's journal Inkspot for 14 issues from late 2015. For numerous years he was the Lead Judge in the Ledger of Honour Awards for the Comic Arts Awards of Australia (formerly the Ledgers). These days Nat dreams of retiring from his occupation as a Clinical Nurse in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital, so that he can spend more time with his long-suffering wife and their six children and fourteen grandchildren. And perhaps publish some more comic-related books.
Comicoz acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay respects to elders, past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples.
Australian Publications since 1976:
1 x Poster
19 x comics (one a co-production with Cyclone Comics in 1988/9, one a co-production with Cowtown Comics in 2022)
2 x Paperback books
10 x Hardcover books