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Doomsday Comix

Published by: Black Cat Publishing; Contributors: Ralph Reese; George Metzger; Hector Tellez; Tom Gasparotti; Ted Trollman; Roger Boyce; Date: 1973; Price: 50 cents; Page Count: 40 pages

Size: magazine (7.5 x 10.75) Kennedy #: 609; Print information: one printing; about 100 copies

The stuff of legend.  According to Kennedy, all but about 100 copies were destroyed by the printer of Doomsday because of a payment dispute. I have also read (for whatever it is worth) that the: surviving copies were recovered out of the printer's trash in a night time recue raid; maybe closer to 200 copies survived and that the printer destroyed the copies because of moral reasons rather than financial ones. I tend to believe that there was a dispute about money and perhaps over the quality of the final product, because my copy (which is in great condition) contains a number of production defects.

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As* Backwards Comix

Published by: Self Published; Contributors: Peter "Ace Backwards" LaBriola; Bruce Duncan; Date: 1981; Price: $1.50; Page Count: 32 pages

Size: small comic (7.0 x 8.5); Kennedy #: 151; Print information: one printing; 200 copies

For most of my collecting life (which is not long), I had wrongly assumed that "Ace Backwards" was Bruce Duncan because of this comic  Reason number one: Bruce Duncan's name appears as the publishing contact on the inner, third page imprint.  Reason number two: I mildly disagree with Kennedy's assertion that Peter LaBriola is responsible for all of the artwork.  Have a look (cursor over image and clink to enlarge) at the Mike Gonad story below.  To me that's Duncan's work, but of course you can decide for yourself.

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Vomix #6

Published by: Vomix Comets Ltd.; Contributors: see image of inner front page credits; Date: 1973; Price: no cover price; Page Count: 52 pages

Size: comic (7.25 x 9.25); Kennedy #: 2151; Print information: one printing; unknown number of copies

This is issue 6 of a series of at least 12 studentzines that were produced by Antioch College from the early 70s to 80s.  Other than its extreme rarity (Kennedy could not provide specific details for most issues) and poorer condition, there is nothing else really remarkable about the one issue I was fortunate enough to track down.

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Look, It's C*M From Outerspace

Published by: Roving Eye; Contributors: L. Simulian; Phloto; Date: 1976; Price: no cover price; Page Count: 12 pages

Size: mini (3.50 x 4.25); Kennedy #: 1051; Print information: one printing; unknown number of copies

I wish more underground minis took their cue from Look, It's C*M From Outerspace. Well drawn, hilarious and lewd to the point of being gross by even today's standards. On top of that, to my eye (at least), it appears that the book was actually printed and not produced via photocopier.

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Hidden Noise #2 and #3

Published by: #2 (The Three Pipe Press of Graphics); #3 (James Vukos); Contributors: James Vukos; Denis Doonan; Steve Sikora; George Papoon; Date: 1979; Price: no cover price; Page Count: #2 (8 pages); #3 (16 pages)

Size: mini (4.25 x 5.50); Kennedy #: not listed; Print information: one printing; unknown number of copies

Kennedy lists and describes Hidden Noise #5 through #8 as being "dadazine-ish" (it's a real word I swear). He does not list issues #1-4 in his guide, probably because the first four issues of Hidden Noise are described by him as being "dadazines". I do not have any of the latter issues, but I am really curious about what line has to be crossed to qualify as being a dadazine instead of dadazine-ish.

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Adventures of FUB

Published by: Free University of Berkeley (FUB); Contributors: Frank Carson; Cheester Arthur; Tom Morris; Ben Blackguard; Bob Crawford; L. Hall; Jack Davis; Date: 1969; Price: free; Page Count: 52 pages

Size: magazine (7.5 x 10.50) Kennedy #: 22; Print information: one printing; unknown number of copies

Son of FUB

Published by: Free University of Berkeley (FUB); Contributors: Frank Carson; Cheester Arthur; Tom Morris; M.L.; Leo Lane; Bob Crawford; L. Hall; Ray Nelson; George; J. Wuest; Date: 1970; Price: free; Page Count: 52 pages

Size: magazine (7.5 x 10.75) Kennedy #: 1855; Print information: one printing; unknown number of copies

Solid idea from the FUB to publish their annual course calendars using the underground comix format. Adventures of FUB was published in the spring of 1969 and would have been conceptualized and laid-out even earlier, which could make it the earliest known spoof/borrowing of the underground genre.

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Comic Book

Published by: Extension and Community Relations, University of Saskatchewan; Contributors: Dave Geary; Linda Mathews; Llyod Garnet; Huw Evans; Antoinette Martens; Date: 1982; Price: no cover price; Page Count: 40 pages (including cover)

Size: comic (7.0 x 8.5) Kennedy #: not listed; Print information: one printing; 50 numbered copies

This is the rarest of Dave Geary comix efforts that was produced in/around the time of Kennedy that I know of. The plain generic yellow cover was intended to be exactly that: a spoof of the no-name grocery products that began appearing on Canadian shelves around the same time. Geary led the effort to produce a studentzine with four students, where the final copies were split amongst the contributors and were never intended for sale.

I was tipped-off about the existence of Comic Book by Canadian comic historian John Bell, but never actually was able to see one until a friend and I visited his collection at the National Archives in Ottawa. The plain name certainly does not help its cause with promotion. Jay Kennedy definitely knew of its existence since there are two copies maintained in his collection - probably produced post publication of his guide.

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Garbage Comix

Published by: Gary MacDonald and Yuri Krus; Contributors:Gary MacDonald; Yuri Krus; K. Combee; Date: 1973; Price: 45 cents; Page Count: 36 pages

Size: comic (8.0 x 10.0) Kennedy #: 814; Print information: one printing; unknown copies

Until recently, Garbage Comix was considered by many to be a bit of a rarity. However, a couple of recentish "finds" with the last being about two years ago caused a dramatic price shift.  I believe the last seller of a find of about a half a dozen copies was asking only $20. Closer to goofy than underground, Garbage Comix only warrants its promised "adults only" rating by showing some nipples here-and-there. In my city (Ottawa, Ontario), women currently have the right to go topless anywhere in public - times have changed.

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Weird Love

Published by: Richard Mozek; Contributors: Bill Dickman; Dominic Albanese; Albert Einstein; Jim McGreal; Rick Mozek; Jerry Tiritilli; Ralph Luchene; Charles Young; Gary Luchene; Kevin frank; Jeff Darrow; Rob Green; Tom Gianni; Marty McGreal; Date: 1982; Price: 75 cents; Page Count: 72 pages

Size: comic (7.0 x 8.5) Kennedy #: 2173; Print information: one printing; 500 copies (see post below)

One of the better bargains in the underground world, 75 cents for 72 densely packed pages. I personally would have went for a little less with a little more focus.  Maybe production of this publication suffered from the too many cooks syndrome.

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On 7/12/2018 at 3:43 PM, CDNComix said:

 

I was tipped-off about the existence of Comic Book by Canadian comic historian John Bell, but never actually was able to see one until a friend and I visited his collection at the National Archives in Ottawa. The plain name certainly does not help its cause with promotion. Jay Kennedy definitely knew of its existence since there are two copies maintained in his collection - probably produced post publication of his guide.

 

I remember when we finally had a chance to look at this one at the LAC and were a bit confused by the "blank" cover. The generic name and cover indeed make this one hard to search for and the small print run makes this essentially impossible to find. Given Geary's significance in the Canadian UG movement, I consider this to be one of his most desirable comics due to its rarity. Other than the one at the LAC (which is # 41/50), the one you have and the two that Kennedy owned, I have not come across another one. Even the Saskatchewan public library system does not have one in its pamphlet collection (and Geary is well represented). I wonder how many of these have actually survived. Geary and his students certainly are not hoarding extra copies.

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On 7/13/2018 at 2:44 PM, CDNComix said:

Weird Love

Published by: Richard Mozek; Contributors: Bill Dickman; Dominic Albanese; Albert Einstein; Jim McGreal; Rick Mozek; Jerry Tiritilli; Ralph Luchene; Charles Young; Gary Luchene; Kevin frank; Jeff Darrow; Rob Green; Tom Gianni; Marty McGreal; Date: 1982; Price: 75 cents; Page Count: 72 pages

Size: comic (7.0 x 8.5) Kennedy #: 2173; Print information: one printing; unknown copies

One of the better bargains in the underground world, 75 cents for 72 densely packed pages. I personally would have went for a little less with a little more focus.  Maybe production of this publication suffered from the too many cooks syndrome.

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Weird Love had a print run of 500 copies. The second issue, Weird Lore, which was published quite a bit later, in October 1995, had a print run of 250 copies. I'm still looking for that one, should anyone reading this have one that they would be willing to sell.

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Red Horse Animation

Published by: self published; Contributors: Lee Breuner; Ann Horton; Date: 1976; Price: no cover price, but $5 according to Kennedy; Page Count: 36 pages

Size: comic (6.0 x 9.0) Kennedy #: 1673; Print information: one printing; unknown copies

An illustrated version of an experimental theatre production that was staged in 1970 and again in 1972. I wish I knew more about New York theatre and the people involved in the production of both the play and illustrated book. The inner front cover of this edition announces the publication of an another edition by the Drama Book Specialists of New York. Whether that project was completed and how it differs from this one is also unknown to me.

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Tales of Raven #1: No Tankers, Tanks (first printing)

Published by: C.O.A.S.T.; Contributors: Mike Nicholl (Yakgulanaas); John Broadhead; Date: 1977; Price: 50 cents; Page Count: 12 pages

Size: magazine (8.5 x 10.75) Kennedy #: not listed; Print information: two printings; first printing copies 3,000 (see posting below)

Twelve years prior to the Exxon Valdez oil spill that released over one million barrels of oil into the pristine waters and coastline of Prince William Sound, the Coalition Against Supertankers (C.O.A.S.T.) produced Tales of Raven #1 to help raise funds to fight tanker intrusion into channels of the Queen Charlotte Islands (British Columbia). Thank goodness for their efforts and those of the revived campaign that is currently fighting new industrial projects in the region.

I was lucky enough to notice of the striking cover of Tales of Raven #1 at an eBay auction about two years ago and stumbled upon one of the least talked about underground/anti-establishment comix within the Canadian canon. It definitely is one of my favourites and deserves greater recognition within the collecting community.  In 1987, native artist  Mike Nicholl (Yakgulanaas), produced a sequel to Tales of Raven that I have yet to locate.

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3 hours ago, CDNComix said:

Red Horse Animation

Published by: self published; Contributors: Lee Breuner; Ann Horton; Date: 1976; Price: no cover price, but $5 according to Kennedy; Page Count: 36 pages

Size: comic (6.0 x 9.0) Kennedy #: 1673; Print information: one printing; unknown copies

An illustrated version of an experimental theatre production that was staged in 1970 and again in 1972. I wish I knew more about New York theatre and the people involved in the production of both the play and illustrated book. The inner front cover of this edition announces the publication of an another edition by the Drama Book Specialists of New York. Whether that project was completed and how it differs from this one is also unknown to me.

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I don't think Kennedy was aware of it, at least not during the time of his research and eventual publication, but there was a signed and numbered edition of this comic, limited to 500 copies.

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Also, I think the second book you mentioned, The Theatre of Images, which was published later, does, indeed, reproduce The Red Horse Animation in its entirety, though I never bought a copy, so cannot say for certain.

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WEARD Comix

Published by: The-Beat Goes-Off-Comix; Contributors: Mike Baron; David and Lornalu Bieber; Ruby Razorblade; J. Gordon; Date: 1974; Price: free newspaper supplement; Page Count: 32 pages

Size: magazine (9.0 x 11.0) Kennedy #: 2166; Print information: one printing; unknown copies

A record promotional that was given away as a supplement in the Boston Phoenix newspaper. My copy is has a print smudge in the upper front cover and I probably am not smart enough to realize that WEARD stands for Warner-Electra-Atlantic-Record-Distribution without the Kennedy citation. A great idea to promote your company, its artists and their records. My favourite part are the numerous spoofs of well known comic ads.

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New Adventures of Arrowman

Published by: Cin-Tzy Comix; Contributors: Don Chin; Date: 1980; Price: 35 cents; Page Count: 12 pages

Size: digest (5.5 x 7.12) Kennedy #: 118; Print information: one printing; 100 signed and numbered copies

Comix and superhero comic enthusiast Don Chin, produced this DYI superhero parody before editing the better-known, four issue Overload series. On the inner front cover, he drops a clue to collectors about an earlier magazine called "Strip Tease" which was "a rough draft for Overload".

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19 hours ago, CDNComix said:

Tales of the Raven #1: No Tankers, Tanks

Published by: C.O.A.S.T.; Contributors: Mike Nicholl (Yakgulanaas); John Broadhead; Date: 1977; Price: 50 cents; Page Count: 12 pages

Size: magazine (8.5 x 10.75) Kennedy #: not listed; Print information: one printing; copies unknown

Twelve years prior to the Exxon Valdez oil spill that released over one million barrels of oil into the pristine waters and coastline of Prince William Sound, the Coalition Against Supertankers (C.O.A.S.T.) produced Tales of the Raven #1 to help raise funds to fight tanker intrusion into channels of the Queen Charlotte Islands (British Columbia). Thank goodness for their efforts and those of the revived campaign that is currently fighting new industrial projects in the region.

I was lucky enough to notice of the striking cover of Raven Tales #1 at an eBay auction about two years ago and stumbled upon one of the least talked about underground/anti-establishment comix within the Canadian canon. It definitely is one of my favourites and deserves greater recognition within the collecting community.  In 1987, native artist  Mike Nicholl (Yakgulanaas), produced a sequel to Raven Tales that I have yet to locate.

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That really is a beautiful comic. The print run was revealed to be 3,000 copies in the book Old Growth (Simply Read Books, 2012), which seems surprising, considering how rare this comic is. I've attached a snap of the page that mentions it. I should also mention that the line, "This is its seconding printing," is referring to the comic being reproduced, in its entirety, within said book.

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Hash-Slinger Comix

Published by: Third Coast Printing; Contributors: Scarlett Moon; Date: 1978; Price: 45 cents; Page Count: 8 pages

Size: pamphlet (4.5 x 8.5) Kennedy #: 956; Print information: one printing; 200 copies

A sex-menu comix from the female perspective. It's a relief to see to guys are not the only ones making juvenile double entendres for the sake of their art. Anyone up for a mouthful of hot cherry pie or a stiff cocktail?

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California Cockroach Comix

Published by: Cockroach Comix; Contributors: Danny Rozell; Ray King; Debra Rolls; Bruce Duncan; Miron Mercury; Mark Roland; Sam Glucklin; Melissa Sativa; Date: 1980; Price: 50 cents; Page Count: 12 pages

Size: comic (7.0 x 8.5) Kennedy #: 471; Print information: one printing; unknown copies

Probably the most that I ever paid for a straight photocopy. Something about the cover that compelled me to hunt down a copy. I only seen maybe two other copies offered for sale in the past five years, but my gut tells me it is not that rare and more will pop out the woodwork.

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