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Jim Osborne

Jim Osborne: The Black Prince of the Underground

On sale date: August 28, 2018

A comics anthology of a forgotten member of the San Francisco comix revolution of the late 1960's.

While many cartoonists in the freewheeling late '60s and early '70s were "turning on, turning in, and dropping out," Jim Osborne was cut from a much different, much darker cloth. A "cartoonist's cartoonist" and Satanic High Priest who delved into the extreme underbelly of American pop culture, Jim Osborne drew unsettling comics about murder, conspiracy, and battling demons, both figurative and literal. Jim Osborne: The Black Prince of the Underground collects all of the artist's intensely macabre stories and illustrations from formative publications like Yellow Dog, Bijou Funnies, and National Lampoon, many reprinted here for the first time in decades. Assembled by comics historian Patrick Rosenkranz and featuring a biography of Osborne by Dennis Dread, this book celebrates the morbid madness of the Armageddon Man of Underground Comix.

Jim Osborne: The Black Prince of the Underground is part of the Fantagraphics Underground imprint.
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"Osborne didn't so much draw as he used his pencils, pens, and brushes as implements of exorcism, emptying the darkest corners of both conscious and subconscious mind onto the page with an exacting eye, a furiously-moving hand, and an utter lack of fucks to give. … It's testament to how immersive a collection this assemblage of nightmarish id-explosions is that not only did I not want to put it down, I didn't want it to be over. I know, I know—I need some serious help." — Four Color Apocalypse


Paperback / Softback
Black and white
7.1" × 9.5"