The legendary underground comic book that started it all back in 1967 is back with a 15th issue. The long time regulars -- R. Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, Spain and Victor Moscoso -- welcome a couple of fellow old-timers to the ranks of Zap for the first (?) time: Paul Mavrides and Gilbert Shelton, to whose famous early (pre-Freak Brothers) creation, Wonder Warthog, is given one of the two covers in the 69 layout. As would be expected, the highlight of the issue is the ten-page Crumb story, "Walkin' the Streets," which, if his dated signature is to be believed, he worked on for twelve years! This is the story that was exhibited in its entirety at the latest Carnegie International. If you missed it, you can take it from us: it's a classic. In addition to the individual works by the contributors listed above, another tradition returns in this issue -- the Zap Jam: everybody dived in for a group two-page swim in the pen, ink and paper pool of comics.
Fanta sez: "There scarcely was an underground comics world before Robert Crumb's classic solo first issue of Zap in 1968. By Zap#2, he had begun assembling a Seven Samurai of the best, the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln. All of them were extremists of one sort or another, from biker-gang member Rodriguez to Christian surfer Griffin, but somehow they produced a decades-long collaboration: a mind-blowing anthology of abstract hallucination, throat-slashing social satire, and shocking sexual excess, that made possible the ongoing wave of alternative cartoonists like Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, and Charles Burns. The Complete Zap Comixcollects every issue of Zap — every cover and every story, and even the Zam mini comic jam among the Zap artists — in a multi-volume, slipcased hardcover set. It will also include the 17th unpublished issue with work by Crumb, Moscoco, Wilson, Rodriguez, Shelton, Mavrides, and Williams. Plus, an introduction by founder R. Crumb and an oral history of Zap by Patrick Rosenkranz, and other exclusive bonus features and items."
Five-volume hardcover boxed set; Limited, single-printing edition
920 pages; 9” x 12”; black & white with color
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The latest -- and likely the last -- collection from the seminal group that really got the Underground Comix ball rolling... nearly a half century ago -- if you can believe it! This time around in a 96 page squarebound softcover edition. All New! (well, as long as you don't count it's appearance in last year's $500 Complete Zap Comix)
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