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.
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!