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  1. Manfurd P. The Wurm in "Deuteronomy" Published by: self published; Contributors: John Valandingham; Date: 1978; Price: no cover price; Page Count: 10 pages; Size: landscape mini (3.25 x 6.5); Kennedy #: 1220; Print information: one printing; 500 copies; several cover colour variants; This is one of the few comix titles that John Valandingham contributed to and his only solo effort (that I know of). The artwork is great and I wish Valandingham had produced more titles. If you have wondered what a worm would look like when doing a Macintosh apple then this is for you. It's rumoured that another another variant exists. One with a front cover that has different title captions. Keep your eyes open or post it if you should be so lucky.
  2. New Gravity (mini) Published by: self-published; Contributors: Kalman Ben Abraham; Kent Robertson; Date: 1971; Price: one dollar; Page count: 16 pages; Size: mini; (4.5 x 5.5); Kennedy #: not cited; Print information: unknown; The New Gravity mini was submitted to the Gravity Research Foundation as an entry for its 1971 Awards for Essays on Gravity. I not sure if Kennedy was unaware of the third installment of New Gravity prior to the 1982 publication of his guide, but if it was known he made the decision to not reference it. Perhaps this is because any references to the San Francisco Comic Book Company, Apex Novelties, Don Donahue, Gary Arlington and the one-page ads by underground artists are not present unlike the first two issues of the series. An important note is that the New Gravity (mini) pre-dates Justin Green’s Spare Comics by about a year. Green is credited with producing the first “7 cent mini” underground title in 1972. Was Green aware of the New Gravity and its new format/production direction prior to publishing Spare Comics? Maybe the New Gravity could be credited with contributing to an important development within the underground movement instead of its intended premise to change our understanding of gravitational physics and extra-dimensional space.
  3. The New Gravity #2 Published by: San Francisco Comic Book Company; Contributor: Kent Robertson; Kalman Ben Abraham; Date: 1970; Price: one dollar; Page Count: 108 pages; Size: magazine (7.75 x 10.5); Kennedy #: 1362; Print information: one printing; number of copies unknown; I guess that New Gravity #1 was successful enough to merit another issue and further exploration into the connection between gravity and space time field. This book hardly comes up for sale but the few issues that I have personally seen always have weird condition issues - ink streaks, brown cover stains.
  4. The New Gravity #1 Published by: San Francisco Comic Book Company; Apex Novelties; Contributor: Kent Robertson; Date: 1969; Price: one dollar; Page Count: 76 pages; Size: comic (6.5 x 9.5); Kennedy #: 1361; Print information: one printing; number of copies unknown; I would have thought that Mirrors of Time (see page 17 of this thread) would be the only quasi-science, underground-related title. No, there are more of strangest-of-the-strange titles to be had. The New Gravity #1 attempts to explain the 4th dimension and it's relation to Einstein's Theory of Relatively. Correction: I am not too sure what this publication is actually attempting to explain. It's a pile of nonsense to me. However, I am interested in learning more about: why Gary Arlington and Don Donahue decided to published it; and more about Kent Robertson. I did not list the underground artists who contributed ads with artwork for publication in the New Gravity #1. I really feel that listing these artists would be false advertising to potential collectors.
  5. Real Assassin Thrills (double signature) Published by: self published; Contributors: Jim Valentino; Rick Geary; Date: 1979; Price: no cover price; Page Count: 12 pages; unbound; Size: small comic (5.5 x 8.5); Kennedy #: 1661; Print information: one printing; 100 signed (and numbered copies ?); Similar to Joint Effort (see page 8 of this thread), Jim Valentino teams up with another artist (Rick Geary) to produce a jam comic. Kennedy reports that 100 signed and numbered copies were produced,where only Valentino signed some copies on the left-side of the back cover and with another variant having only Geary signing the left-side of the back cover. The copy posted here is unnumbered and signed by both artists on the back cover using what appears to be the same ink/pen.
  6. Ra Thot 2nd Published by: Cone-Mune Visigraph; Contributors: Curt A. Sholtz aka Z. Mune; Date: 1982; Price: no cover price; Page Count: 16 pages; Size: digest (5.5 x 8.5); Kennedy #: post guide; Print information: one printing; two colour variants; yellow and blue; copies unknown Its the second issue of Ra Thot that provided a link to Gilgamesh and the Gods and the identity of Ra Thot's creator Z. Mune. As mentioned in the last post an astute collecting friend of mine (VM) recalled that he had seen the publisher, Cone-Mune Visigraph credited in another publication. When discussing the title with him, Curt Sholtz had this to say: "Raw thought number one I remember very well. My brothers and I drove into Detroit to burn the plates and print it ourselves at a printing cooperative. Ra thot/thought number two is really sketchy In my memory. I have not run across it in the last couple of years of shifting boxes, so I’m not sure if I still have one around. Z mune was the first character I created that I really thought of as my own. So I have used him it is a pseudonym from time to time. Most recently as the name of a cat character in a strip called stackcats." "I was just done with a teaching stint in northern Quebec and wanted to revisit my art childhood by doing another raw thot eight years later. I drew a bunch in a few days… Photocopied in Ann Arbour and I left a bunch of copies there just around in public places. And I think that was my main distribution point - interesting to see them still around So many years later."
  7. Ra Thot (#1) Published by: Botavian Thought Central; Contributors: Z. Mune; Sandy Church; Cathi A. Churchill; Paul Johnson; C. Shoulty; L. Yaco; Date: 1973; Price: no cover price; Page Count: 36 pages; Size: comic (7.0 x 8.25); Kennedy #: 1648; Print information: one printing; number of copies unknown; Ra Thot is a rare Kennedy listed underground that (to date) doesn't seem to be offered in the on-line marketplace. But it still often appears on the wanted list of many collectors. I can find anything within the sales record. In my attempts to track down a copy I asked a knowledgeable collector if he knew the identity of "Z. Mune" or what I suspected to be "the moon". My friend did not but he did notice that same obscure publisher was involved with "Ra Thot #2" and Gilgamesh (previous post). I then contacted Curt Sholtz and confirmed that he is "Z. Mune" and responsible for Ra Thot or "raw thought". He adopted his moon pseudonym from the first character he ever created (see next post).
  8. Gilgamesh and the Gods Published by: Pieran Press and Cone Mune Visigraph; Contributor: Curt A. Sholtz; Date: 1978; Price: no cover price; Page Count: 56 pages; Size: magazine (8.0 x 11.25); Kennedy #: not cited; Print information: unknown; While attending Brandon University in Canada, Curt Sholtz was introduced to the Epic of Gilamesh.. After three years and a lot of hard work he published his own account of the ancient Sumerian king. Its technically more of an illustrated story rather than a traditional comic. So why post it in an underground comix thread? The next 2 posts (from me) will explain.
  9. The All Incisive Jaw Published by: Artpolice; Contributors: Frank Gaard; Carol Gaard; Fritz Wolfmeyer; Holly Anderson; Andy G. Baird; Bud Fisher; Steph Couran; Steve Sikora; Walter Joost; Chris Woodward; Dave Johnson; Mike Brehm; Ann Morgan; Mike Haiduck; Chuck Taylor; Date: 1979; Price: no cover price; Page Count: 24 pages; Size: magazine (8.5 x 11.0); Kennedy #: 1060; Print information: unknown; Kennedy cited about 25+ titles that were published by Minneapolis artist collective called the Artpolice. Within the 70ish titles produced by the collective between 1974 to 1994 are some of the rarest titles listed by Kennedy. Although All Incisive does not belong in the rarest of the rare category, it is definitely tough to track down. The guide describes the cover as having black print on pink stock and my example is reddish/pink print on white stock. Either Kennedy was wrong or there is a possibly variants or subsequent printings.
  10. Nope. To fold a sheet means that 2 surfaces have contact. As I explained, I "curled" back the front cover on top of the inner cover. The red front cover (where my thumb is) is 4 inches above the black inner cover and my index finger. Then I took an image from directly above.
  11. But it was not not folded. The image is a top view and not a side one, so it looks harsh. Please refer to the image and look at the 4 inch gap between my thumb and index finger. I very gently curled back the front cover - there was a gap of 4 inches between the 2 sides of cover. Rest assured that absolutely no folding had occurred. I actually have an image of the same book that was taken "post-fold". Judge for yourself the book was not affected in the slightest. Sorry for making you cry and thank you for your concern.
  12. If you think that's painful, wait 20 years when I start my "I Cannot Take Them With Me When I Die - So Let's Shred Them" thread.
  13. Nickel Bag #1-3 Published by: self-published; Contributors: John Edgar; Date: 1976; 1977; 1981; Price: 5 cents; Page Count: single sheet folded into 4 pages; Size: digest (5.25 x 8.5); Kennedy #: 1370; 1371; not cited; Print information: unknown; Some may not be aware that John Edgar produced a third issue of Nickel Bag #3 that was not cited in the Kennedy Guide.
  14. The Bronze Age started (or the Silver Age ended) in February 1968. When Robert Crumb's wife and friends sold copies of Zap Comix #1 out of a baby carriage on the streets of San Francisco it changed very the definition of what is a comic.
  15. SCASM #2 Published by: Syracuse Comic Art Society; Contributors: Mike Pardo; Larry McLend; David Kidd; David Borchart; Mike Dagenasis; Joe Shlabotnik; Buddy La Mars; O. Drap; Mark Penberthy; Tom Kidd; John Pierard; David Petrie; Tina Anderson; Date: 1975; Price: 75 cents; Page Count: 56 pages; Size: magazine (8.5 x 11.0); Kennedy #: 1741; Print information: unknown; A rare student-zine from the University of Syracuse. The first issue titled ICON was a article-based comic fanzine and was retooled into the comic format for its second issue.