An extract on #goodvibes
Captain Goodvibes started life as a pork chop, accidentally mutated by a chance nuclear plant explosion. According to The Encyclopedia of Surfing Goodvibes was a "hard-drinking, drug-taking, straight-talking pig with a tunnel-shaped snout. The character was inspired by American cartoonist Gilbert Shelton's underground comix character, Wonder Wart-Hog, a.k.a. the "Hog of Steel."
The Goodvibes cartoons were first published in Australian surfing magazine Tracks in May 1973 and appeared regularly until July 1981. Their popularity led to the publication of several Goodvibes comic books including the Whole Earth Pigalogue (1975), Captain Goodvibes Strange Tales (1975) and Captain Goodvibes Porkarama (1980), calendars, a short film Hot to Trot (co-written by Ian Watson and Tony Barrell) and a maxi-single record Mutants of Modern Disco in 1978. Captain Goodvibes also had a cinematic cameo in the 1973 surfing documentary, Crystal Voyager, appearing in a brief animated sequence during the film.
Goodvibes also starred in a radio series on Sydney radio station Double J (now Triple J) voiced by Tony Edwards and Tony Barrell. In 1992 Goodvibes was named by Australia's Surfing Life magazine as one of 'Australia's 50 Most Influential Surfers'.
In 2011 an anthology of the comic strip, Captain Goodvibes - My Life As A Pork Chop. 1973-1981 was published by Flying Pineapple Media.
Tony Edwards was born in Strathfield in 1944 and originally trained as an architect.
In May 1971 saw the publication of Edwards' best known creation Captain Goodvibes in Tracks. The character was inspired by Gilbert Shelton's Wonder Wart-Hog and achieved cult status with the Australian surfing community. The strip continued to run in Tracks until July 1981. The strip's popularity led to the publication of several Goodvibes comic books and a short film Hot to Trot (co-written by Ian Watson and Tony Barrell).
In 1982 he had his first children's story, Ralph the Rhino, published. Edwards also supplied the illustrations for Surfing, the Dictionary by Phil Jarratt, which was published in 1985.
Edwards was illustrating for the National Times/Times on Sunday in 1986, until it ceased publication in 1998, where he moved to the Sun-Herald. In 1998 he won a Walkley Award for 'Best Artwork' for a cartoon, 'Hanna, I Hardly Knew You', published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 13 September 1998.
It was established in October 1970 by Alby Falzon, John Witzig and David Elfick, starting as a kind of counter-culture tabloid, printed on newsprint and produced on Sydney's northern beaches. Since then it has grown to be a major surfing publication. Over the years its editors have included:
Alby Falzon 1970-1975
John Witzig 1970-1972
David Elfick 1970
Phil Jarratt 1975-1977
Paul Holmes 1978-1981
Kirk Wilcox 1981-1984
Nick Carroll 1984-1986
Jon Ellis 1986-1988
Tim Baker 1989-1991
Gary Dunne 1991-1994
Neil Ridgeway 1994-1997
Wayne Dart 1997-2000
Sean Doherty 2000-2008
Luke Kennedy 2008-
Tracks published a cartoon series,"Captain Goodvibes", by Australian cartoonist Tony Edwards. The Goodvibes cartoons were first published in May 1973 and appeared regularly until July 1981. Goodvibes became an icon of Australian surfing culture.
"Lash Clone" by Australian Author D.C Greening appeared in the pages of Tracks during the 1980s, and his later works "Cosmic Surf Wars" appearing more recently.
In July 1988 the masthead was updated from tracks to tRACKS.
In March 2000 the magazine changed format from the original newsprint size down to a tabloid size.
In 2014, 13-year-old reader and surfer Olive Bowers wrote an open letter to the magazine pointing out sexism in the print and digital editions of the magazine. She pointed to the absence of female surfers and the presence of scantily-clad women not involved in surfing in the magazine.