Hairbutt the Hippo
Created by Bodine Amerikah, with art by Jase Paulos
Mystery! Intrigue! Romance! Guns!
From the pages of Australian MAD Magazine and the decidedly-twisted good folks at Rat Race Comix comes the thundering saga of a Down Under private dick who does not go gently into that good night. You know him, you love him! Yes, it's HAIRBUTT THE HIPPO, he of the nasty temperament and even nastier personal grooming habits. Like one of the covers boasts, "Uncut! Uncensored! Unashamed! Unhygenic!"
Not to make too fine a point of it, but this guy's a pig. He lives in dives like the Grievous Bodily Arms apartment building or The Hotel Astra, and his business card offers "Discreet negotiations at very affordable rates. Surveillance, information gathering, fast cars, big guns, the works..."
Oh, baby, baby, it's a wild world out there, full of hippies, magicians, large robot pigs, mobsters and his brother Rocky, a glory-seeking martial arts expert/spirit guide and perpetual scam artist. And later adventures became even more surreal, as Hairbutt takes on snot monsters, Satan and TV talk show hosts. Fortunately, the one constant in his life (besides his belching and farting, and the occasional vodka jackhammer or three) is his "number one gal," the always-voluptuous, lingerie-loving hippo Toots O'Toolworthy (pun no doubt intended), who stands by her hippo.
Hairbutt's delightfully rude and crude, and his preferred method of solving a case usually involves plenty of ammo, alcohol and sex. He's proven to be very popular with Australian comics fans, nabbing Favourite Australian Comic at the Ozfest comic cons in both 1993 and 1994.
And for you fans of the interconnectedness of all things, yes, Hairbutt does sound a lot like Hip Flask, that "other" hard-boiled hippopotamus eye, but by an accord ratified by the United Nations, Good Housekeeping magazine and the Society to Prevent the Earth From Tilting on Its Axis, Hip and Hairbutt have agreed to stay in their own hemispheres.
And for those of you out there who just can't get enough of P.I.'s and hippos, you might want to check out the online manga adventures of Mosaku Anchu, Private Investigator, as he confronts the nefarious (and politically incorrect) Oriental Hippo.
NOTE: There are discrepancies between the exterior and interior publication dates, so I've used the copyright dates on the inside.
This site, sadly defunct, featured back issues, naughty pin-ups, previews, tons of strips and lots of other neat stuff.
List report respectfully compiled by Kevin Burton Smith.
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