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Meet Miss Bikini Luv! There are hundreds if not thousands of Gidget knock-offs in the world of comic books, but there is only ONE Miss Bikini Luv. What's so special about her? Well, she was drawn by (among others) the one and only JIM APARO, and she's among Jim's first published work! Bikini Luv made her hip-shaking debut in Charlton comic's Go-Go #1.

BELOW: Front covers of "Go-Go" #1 and 2, from 1966.
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Below, a house ad for the book's second issue...
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Here's a nifty double-spread from #1...
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A back-up feature in the book featured "The Rotting Stumps," a groan-inducing parody of The Rolling Stones. In this story, the Stones classic deep and thoughtful lyrics are reduced to "Protest -- yah yah -- protest!" Oh well, at least they got the part about the women exploding correct!
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BELOW: The covers of Go-Go #3 (October 1965), and Go-Go #4 (December 1966)
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BELOW: The covers of Go-Go #5 (February 1967) with Sonny and Cher and the Rotting Stumps, and Go-Go #6 (April 1967), featuring Petula Clark and a Superman parody called "Blooperman."
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Go-Go #7 (June 1967) introduced a feature called "Return to Peculiar Place," a parody of the popular soap opera "Peyton Place." The book's cover is pictured below, with a house ad for the issue on the left. BUY GO-GO NOW! "We need the money!"
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BELOW: Back and front covers of Go-Go #8 (August 1967),
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BELOW: Go-Go #9 (October 1967), cover by Jim Aparo (signed!) -- one of his first comic covers ever, and certainly not his last. He did hundreds!
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Below are some pages from Go-Go #9's Bikini Luv story, drawn by Jim Aparo and featuring a parody of Elvis Presley.
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An early Jim Aparo fight scene! As would become usual for one-man show Aparo, he did the penciling, inking and even the sound effects!
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All's well that ends well ... both for "Luv" and for future superstar artist JIM APARO!
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Here's "LUV" in an Aparo page from Charlton's TEEN TUNES.
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XGO-GO UPDATE!

Miss Bikini Luv is still around! She makes a special appearance in the latest issue of the CHARLTON ARROW, featuring all new art and stories by John Byrne, Roger Mackenzie, Joe Stanton, Mort Todd and many others.

Click the link above for more info, and say "Hi luv!" to LUV over there on the right, in a preview of the comic! When you're speaking to her, don't ever forget -- she prefers to be called LUV!
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