As the Age of Aquarius morphed into Discomania and Reaganomics, pioneering underground cartoonist S. Clay Wilson discovered a new generation of punks and misfits in America and abroad who appreciated his point of view. He found new outlets for his artwork in outré galleries and fringe publications, and continued to contribute to the surviving remnants of the underground, including the never-say-die classic comix anthology, Zap Comix. He made two tours of Europe, collaborated with William Burroughs and Ken Kesey, appeared on MTV, and had several highly acclaimed exhibitions in Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York. The Checkered Demon became ascendant among his creations — the prolific headliner of a series of comic titles that followed his fucking and fighting adventures around the earth and across the galaxies.
This is the second of a three-volume series reprinting his best comics and chronicling his life in a series of prose chapters. Demons and Angels features his two solo comics, 2 and 22, strips from Cocaine Comix, Knockabout, Weird Smut, and all his stories from Zap Comix #6–11. Strips in obscure mags like Jump Start, Mondo Montana, Deadbeat, Too Fun Too Huge, Boiled Owl, Maggot-Zine, and Weird Smut are also included, as well as many never published privately commissioned watercolors and paintings produced for his discriminating art collectors.
"Utterly engaging, this superb collation, contrived and shepherded by the informationally insatiable Patrick Rosenkranz, offers unmissable insights into of one of the most important cartoonists in American history. Just like its precursor, this is a book no serious lover of the art form or devotee of grown-up comics can afford to miss." — Comics Review
"Wilson's fascinatingly detailed and unflinchingly dark art demands attention to even the smallest of his intricate frames. ... With Wilson's art, one can't help but feel the pages to be a personal litmus test: am I amused? Stunned? Titillated? Revolted? Perhaps some readers would hesitate to reveal their reactions, though it's a solid bet that they'll turn to see what's on the next page." — Under the Radar
"My respect for Wilson and for his biographer, Patrick Rosenkranz, is immense. Wilson was a great and important artist. A master of what he did. Rosenkranz, aside from Bob Levin, is literally our only serious chronicler of underground comics." — The Comics Journal
"The best drawings coalesce into orgies of entwined, bulging, wriggling lines — the grotesque tickling the sublime." — The Village Voice