Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
April 27, 2018

If you’re under the age of 50, you may have never heard of Stroker McGurk. Stroker was the creation of Hall of Fame Hot Rodder Tom Medley, and his exploits with cars graced the pages starting with the third issue, March 1948 through 1965 (when this author was born!). For those of you who know the popular comic strip, this is for you!

After the success of the Medley “Stroker” art book, it was only natural for to assemble a single volume with every Stroker McGurk cartoon from by Hot Rod magazine in a single volume, and in old-school comic book format, no less. The Amazing Adventures of Stroker McGurk includes more than 70 Stroker cartoons spread across 56 pages, from the first mention of "McGurk" in the March 1948 issue of Hot Rod to his final ‘toons in 1965. Fittingly, the compelling comic cover design was created by Sarah Medley, the artist’s granddaughter. Included are all the gags and innovations that sprung from Medley's fertile, if wacky, mind—the first bubble-top roadster, multi-engine lakes racers, a nitro-powered lawn mower, and, of course, the first-ever race car slowed by a parachute (with unforeseen and humorous results).

The comic is available exclusively at for $14.95 plus shipping—with a host of other Stroker-related goodies, from decals to prints to apparel.

The Amazing Adventures of Stroker McGurk is a must-read for any hot rod enthusiast looking for a bit of rodding history and a few laughs, through the lens of one the sport's most influential pioneers. Medley was one of Hot Rod's original staff members—humor editor—on the second issue in 1948. His cartoons and photography chronicled America's post WWII car culture. In the 1960s, as publisher of Rod & Custom, Medley also created the first Street Rod Nationals to promote driving hot rods on the street. Medley's artistry helped define an era. To learn more about him, view the documentary STROKER. For other Medley goodies, visit