Comix: The Underground Revolution

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Harper Collins, 2004 - Architecture and energy conservation - 287 pages
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While mainstream schoolboy comics have always graced the shelves of Western newsagents, there has also been an underground comics scene bubbling beneath the surface. The comix of the title emerged in 1960s America as a reaction to ultra-conservative and patriotic comics produced by the large corporations that featured characters such as Captain America and Superman.

Bored with superheroes, many artists such as Robert Crumb and Gilbert Shelton produced their own pamphlets with a new and revolutionary style, freely attacking politicians, the war in Vietnam and corporate America. They found their first dedicated audience in the Flower Power generation, and having suffered badly as a result of punk, disco and big business in the 1970s, a new breed of comix has, in recent years, begun to rise from the ashes.

'Comix: The Underground Revolution' is an homage both to the motivation and the talent of the artists working then and now in the genre. Beautifully illustrated throughout with original artworks, the book graphically expresses a range of attitudes from drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and sex to politics, big business and women’s liberation. It also features key events in the history of comix and potted biographies of the main creators.

  

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Contents

Contents
7
Heroes of the Revolution
31
Cant Get Enuff
61
Grass Roots
89
Beyond the Page
113
Publish and be Damned
129
Girls on Top
157
Anarchy in the UK
183
Where have all the Flower Children Gone?
225
Children of the Revolution
247
Comix Checklist
279
Bibliography
287
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Page 98 - Dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no dope!"), and evading narks and cops.
Page 240 - All my art is in some way about other art. even if the other art is cartoons.
Page 84 - Within six months it went from me. my wife. [Zap publisher Don| Donahue. and a couple of other people hand-stapling comics and selling them on the street... to having all these fast-talking lawyers fighting over the rights and sleazy guys offering big money contracts.
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