- Full Description
In 1973 the first underground comics convention met the mainstream in Berkeley, California. A year later, the second show was celebrated with a program book with contributions from a host of creators. This is that book, sporting a wrap-around cover by Rand Holmes (spoofing the dealer's room!) and contributions from Alfredo Alcala, Rick Griffin, Alex Niño, Robert Williams, Jesse F. Santos, Steve Leialoha, Frank Brunner, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Vaughn Bodé, Kim Deitch, Art Spiegelman, S. Clay Wilson, T. Bird, M. Nelson, Jay Kinney, John Workman, Dave Sheridan, Jack Jaxon, Trina Robbins, and many others.
It also has ads from the legendary San Francisco Comic Book Company, Gary Arlington's seminal store that was a watering-hole for underground creators. Another for my own stores, Comics and Comix, when we still had but four locations. C&C had co-sponsored and co-run the first show in 1973. From Mike Friedrich, publisher of the seminal "ground level" comic Star Reach comes reproductions of the front cover by Howard Chaykin, and the backcover by Jim Starlin. Last Gasp, publishers of countless underground comics including Slow Death, Skull, Richard Corben's Fever Dreams runs an ad with more Rand Holmes art, spoofing EC comics this time.
Frank Brunner is here with a full page, Trina does a spoof of girls at the show and bubble gum cards. S. Clay Wilson contributes another special piece spoofing the show, and it‘s a two-page centerfold. There's even a Bill Graham full page poster promoting the (then) upcoming Country Joe and the Fish & Albert King concert at the Fillmore West! How's that for a slice of the past.
We got these copies from Mike Manyak, who was one of the original founders of both shows--he's had these stored away in his house for more than 40 years. These sell for quite a bit more when they turn up on EBay and other venues, but since Mike gave us a bunch at a good price, we are passing it along so you can have some fun with this vintage little piece of the underground era. -Bud
Note: Some copies may have slightly curled covers. Overstreet grade fine/very fine (7.0) or better.
- Additional Information
Item Code TALBC Publisher Rip Off Press/ Last Gasp Publish Date 1974 Print Status Out of Print Condition Slightly curled covers. Overstreet grade fine/very fine (7.0) or better. Adult Rating Mature Readers Binding Comic Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 52pg Color b&w