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With Zap Comix — one of the most artistically important comic book titles ever published — eight singular artists shared a revolutionary goal. Separately, they were visionary artists making big waves. Together, they were a cultural tsunami.
Now, The Complete Zap Comix, the definitive collection of the world’s most famous and influential underground comix title (previously available only as a five-volume $500 boxed set) is available as single volumes — while they last. Zap redefined comics like no other title, ever. Outrageous, offensive, goofy, charming, disgusting, fun, radical, ground-breaking, revolutionary — and that’s just Volume 1.
(Note: the Zap Portfolio of giclée cover prints is not available separately. They are included in the complete box set.)
The Complete Zap Comix — Volume 1
Volume 1 features the first five issues of Zap Comix:
- Zap #0 — the original all–R. Crumb issue of Zap Comix, includes Crumb's "Meatball" and "Mr. Natural in Death Valley."
- Zap #1 — the second all-Crumb issue of Zap Comix, includes Crumb's "Whiteman," "Mr. Natural Encounters Flakey Foont," "Mr. Natural Visits the City," and the original appearance of Crumb’s world-famous strip, "Keep On Truckin'."
- Zap #2 — Rick Griffin ("Oxo 69"), Victor Moscoso ("Luna Tune"), and S. Clay Wilson (first Checkered Demon) join Crumb.
- Zap #3 — Gilbert Shelton brings Wonder Wart-Hog to the pages of Zap; Crumb, Griffin, Moscoso, Shelton, and Wilson debut the first Zap jam.
- Zap #4 — the issue that got busted again and again, featuring the infamous "Mr. Penis" cover by Moscoso; Robert Williams and Spain Rodriguez join the Zap artists' line-up; more Mr. Natural, Wonder Wart-Hog, and Checkered Demon.
The Complete Zap Comix — Volume 2
Volume 2 features Zap Comix #5-8:
- Zap #5 — The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers by Shelton, Mr. Natural by Crumb, Krazy Komix by Moscoso, Wonder Wart-Hog by Shelton, Coochy Cooty by Williams, Checkered Demon by Wilson.
- Zap #6 — jam by Spain, Moscoso, Wilson, Shelton, Griffin, Crumb, Williams; Coochy Cooty by Williams, Mr. Natural by Crumb, "Angels & Devils" by Wilson, "Evening at the Country Club" by Spain, Loop De Loop De by Moscoso.
- Zap #7 — Sangrella by Spain, Fat Freddy’s Cat by Shelton, Dyke Pirates by Wilson, "For God So Loved the World" by Griffin, Mr. Natural by Crumb, plus Moscoso and Williams.
- Zap #8 — Zap jam, Checkered Demon by Wilson, Coochy Cooty by Williams, "Field Meet" by Spain, Rumpelstiltskin by Moscoso, "You Can’t Avoid the Void" by Crumb; and Shelton.
The Complete Zap Comix — Volume 3
Volume 3 features Zap Comix #9-12:
- Zap #9 — Zap jam, Checkered Demon by Wilson, Coochy Cooty by Williams, Sangrella by Spain, "Artist & Model Comics" by Moscoso; plus Shelton and Crumb.
- Zap #10 — Zap jam, "The Oasis" by Moscoso, Coochy Cooty by Williams, "Hard-Ass Friday Nite" by Spain, "My Troubles With Women" by Crumb; plus Wilson and Shelton.
- Zap #11 — Zap jam, Coochy Cooty by Williams, Trashman by Spain, Checkered Demon by Wilson, Lily Litvak by Spain; plus Crumb and Griffin.
- Zap #12 — Zap jam, Trashman by Spain, Checkered Demon by Wilson, Coochy Cooty by Williams, "The Artist and Elves" by Moscoso, Cave Wimp by Crumb; plus Griffin and Shelton.
The Complete Zap Comix — Volume 4
Volume 4 features Zap Comix #13-16:
- Zap #13 — Zap jam, Tiny Dino Comics by Moscoso, Dumb by Crumb, Checkered Demon by Wilson, The St. Kahuna Surfing Mysteries by Griffin, Coochy Cooty by Williams; Spain and Shelton; and Griffin tribute cover by Moscoso.
- Zap #14 — Zap jam, Paul Mavrides joins the Zap crew with "My Big Break," "The Juggler" by Moscoso, "My Secret Date With Linda Blair" by Spain, Ruby the Dyke and Checkered Demon by Wilson, "(More Than) Thirty Years of Zap Comics" by Shelton, the infamous "Incident at Zwigoff's" by Moscoso and Spain, and "I’ve Had It" by Crumb.
- Zap #15 — Zap jam, "Walkin' the Streets" by Crumb, Checkered Demon by Wilson, Wonder Wart-Hog by Shelton, Topsy Turvy Comics by Moscoso, "Mikey’s Meatwagon" by Spain; and Mavrides.
- Zap #16 — never-before-printed surprise final issue; only issue with all eight (now nine) artists: Zap jam, Crumb (R. with Aline Kominsky-Crumb), Williams, Griffin, Moscoso, Wilson, Spain (posthumous final story, printed as is with inks not quite finished), Wonder Wart-Hog by Shelton; and Mavrides.
The Complete Zap Comix — Volume 5
Volume 5 features The Zap Story:
An extensive oral history of Zap and its creators, as told by Crumb, Williams, Griffin, Moscoso, Wilson, Spain, Shelton, and Mavrides, profusely illustrated with previously unseen drawings and rare photos; all the Zap jams never printed in Zap, including one with Harvey Kurtzman; many historical photos, including Spain being arrested by horse-mounted cops during an anti-Vietnam War rally, the artists in their studios and on their around-the-world wanderings, all five Zap wraparound covers printed as expansive foldouts, a Zap timeline, unused Zap covers, detailed biographies of each artist, the unofficial issues of Zap — the Zap mini-comic and Zam-Zap Jam; and lots more!