The Complete Zap Comix collects every issue of Zap — every cover and every story, and even the Zam mini comic jam among the Zap artists — in a five-volume slipcased hardcover set. Plus, an introduction by founder R. Crumb and an oral history of Zap by Patrick Rosenkranz. Zap is the most historically and aesthetically important comics series ever published.
This Special Signed Edition includes everything in the regular edition, but also contains a portfolio of five gyclée prints, scanned from original pages of Zap art by Robert Crumb, Paul Mavrides, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, and S. Clay Wilson, each signed by the artist. Limited to 250 copies.
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"The Complete Zap is strikingly designed … While the early issues stand as rowdy documents of the 1960s counterculture, Zap was also more. In reinventing the comic book, it set off legal battles and conversations over censorship, brought attention to cartoonists as artists, and set an example for generations of alternative comics creators." — New York Times
"Wow! … [The Complete Zap Comix] is not just a piece of history; it's a hunk of crackling, unquenchable subversion! … Never has a library-worthy volume been so incendiary." — NPR
"For late '60s youth culture, Zap was what superheroes were for Depression-era, war-scarred American boys: a symbol of power. The '60s was the age of the anti-hero, and underground comix like Zap 'gave readers another way to participate in the revolution' ... This collection exhibits artists at the top of their form. " — The Atlantic
"This mammoth edition offers the ideal opportunity to examine the way the periodical evolved, not only in terms of the interaction among its artists but also in terms of subject and form. ... The sixteen issues, as well as a seventeenth that was previously unpublished, are reproduced over four volumes on a thick paper stock and at slightly larger than full size, and have been scanned from negatives. Simply put, they look fantastic." — The Comics Journal
"Without a doubt one of the most influential titles in comics and comix history, Robert Crumb’s Zap came, saw, and conquered the underground comix scene in the late 1960s. ... A fantastic collection, and equally fantastic packaging." — Bleeding Cool
"Provocative, filthy and unquestionably excellent, this collection is a crown jewel in comics history." — Paste Magazine
"Far f**cking out." — Boing Boing
"The irony of turning something that was once sold in dirty bookstores into a $500 collectible is delicious, but I can’t think of a more deserving title than Zap. The production quality of The Complete Zap Comix is first rate and the pages are clearer than they’ve ever been … Seeing the whole of the Zap run laid out like this, it seems obvious — so very, very obvious — what a profound and truly American cultural treasure this is. This is great art of historical and cultural importance that changed people, blew their minds and inspired them. … Zap Comix deserves to be reappraised and valued for what it’s truly worth and Fantagraphics has done an amazing job with this stunning box set." — Dangerous Minds