Buggy Eckstone Band
It's set in a 1950s "bug noir" New York. Published by Lafler's own Cat-Head Comics label.
Buggy is a handsome, successful, and well-regarded bandleader and singer. His band appears mostly in issue #1.
- Buggy Eckstone, leader, vocals, clarinet?
- Billy Maxwell, trumpet
- Junior Wilson, piano
- Martin Burnett, drums
- Skeeter Green, bass
- Ruben Lopez, alto saxophone
- Sampson Jones, tenor sax
Unfortunately, Maxwell and Jones are addicted to the drug "bug juice," a powerful hallucinogen. Also, Wilson leaves the band to follow his girlfriend to Paris. Buggy fires Jones for getting so fried he can't play. This opens up the two spots for the series' protagonists, Jimmy Watts and Slim Watkins. They play for his band before leaving to start their own band, BugHouse.