About ten years ago I had worked for a weekly newspaper called the Seattle Scroll. I had a featured cartoon printed in every issue. I had a very supportive editor in Matt Asher. He allowed me as much freedom as any cartoonist could hope for. I made jokes about the celebrity of Jesus, the mob, and firing squads. This was one he did not want to print. He chuckled but felt that the cartoon was not right. Now Matt was a Ayn Rand disciple, which meant he wasn't a prude or a censor. But I think he might have been worried about a possible lawsuit by a huge corporation and the Seattle Scroll was a bit on the fledging side so I respected his wish and made another Jesus joke.
Me, I thought the joke was a good pun, but a bit anachronistic. I was into reading old New Yorker cartoons and they had many jokes about the KKK. Still, I couldn't let the joke die. A few years later my pal, Al Nickerson was putting out the comic, the ARGGH!!! Chronicles, in which he wanted a few contributions from his friends including me. I offered a few Pipe Dreams cartoons and other cartoons. I included some others including the KKKMart strip. He politely told me that he and others thought maybe it wouldn't be a good idea. I think they were afraid of the possible racism in the gag.
I thought about this strip recently and found it when I was cleaning up my room today. So here it is in its black and white glory on a blog no one reads is the infamous cartoon.
In retrospect, I should have included more sign gags.