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One of my favorite quotes, “the nation that co…

One of my favorite quotes, “the nation that controls magnesium will control the universe,” a spoof of ultra-reductive single-cause theories of history, comes from Matt Groening’s underground alt-weekly comic strip, Life in Hell, which he created before the Simpsons, back when he was an underground comics artist. It is a paraphrase of a dead-serious line from the 1960s Dick Tracy strip, when he went into space to stop the underworld from stealing Moon Gold. 

L.A.’s Golden Apple comics store in 1984. 

L.A.’s Golden Apple comics store in 1984. 

The guy in the upper right is Dave Stevens, creator of the Rocketeer. In front, comic legends Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, and on the far right, Matt Groening, at the time best known as the creator of the alt-weekly standby comic “Life in Hell.”