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Hi and welcome to my blog about comics from other people’s childhood! It is dedicated primarily to British humour comics of the 60s and 70s. The reason they are not from my childhood is simply because I didn’t live in the UK back then (nor do I live there now). I knew next to nothing about them until fairly recently but since then I’ve developed a strong liking for the medium and amassed a large collection, including a number of complete or near complete sets. My intention is to use this blog as a channel for sharing my humble knowledge about different titles, favourite characters and creators as I slowly research my collection.

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Showing posts with label American comix artists. Show all posts
Showing posts with label American comix artists. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Before travelling to San Francisco, I googled for information about the famous underground comics scene of the early 70s and found this article.

I took metro street car line J from Downtown to Church/24th St station and spent a couple of hours in Mission District (the epicentre of action in the late 60s and the early 70s) looking for the places indicated on this map of underground comix artists and companies during the early seventies:

Below are my pictures of the spots marked on the map. It shows no house numbers but the map was quite easy to read and I hope I managed to capture the right buildings.

No. 1 marks the place of Roger Brand (contributor to Banzai!, Blab!, Candid Press, Insect Fear, Real Pulp Comics, Tales of the Leather Nun, Tales of Sex and Death, Yellow Dog and Young Lust; view Lambiek Comicopedia entry here) and Michelle Brand: 

No. 2: Apex Novelties operated by Don Donahue (publishers of Zap Comix, Snatch Comics, Terminal Comics and Mr. Natural among many others). The building that housed them was somewhere in the middle of this street:

No. 3: Bill Griffith (best known for his daily comic strip Zippy; view Lambiek Comiclopedia entry here) & Diane Noomin (best known for her character Didi Glitz; check out her website here) and Willy Murphy (producer of a series of comics called SF Underground Comix; view Lambiek Comiclopedia entry here):

No. 4: Ted Richards (check out Lambiek Comiclopedia entry here ) and Teresa “Terry” Richards (view Lambiek Comiclopedia entry here):

No. 5: S.F. Comic Book Co – America’s first specialised comic book shop operated by Gary Arlington who was the key figure in the underground comics movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The shop in Mission District at 3339 23rd Street was a focal point for the Bay Area's underground artists:

No. 6:  Trina Robbins – one of the few female artists in underground comics when she started, wife of Kim Deitch. She contributed to such publications as East Village Other, Gothic Blimp Works, It Ain't Me, Babe Comix, Swift Comics, Wimmen's Comix, etc.). Later she was the artist co-creator of Vampirella. Check out her website here):

No. 7: Jay Kinney (a member of the original Bijou Funnies crew; check out Lambiek Comiclopedia entry here), Leslie Cabarga (contributor to Real Pulp Comics, Comix Book):

No. 8: Joe Schenkman (collaborator on Arcade: The Comics Revue):

No. 9: Art Spiegelman (author of Maus, view Lambiek Comiclopedia entry here), Justin Green (author of the 1972 comic book Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary; view Lambiek Comiclopedia entry here),  Shary Flenniken, prominent contributor to National Lampoon, check out her website here) and Bobby London, creator of Dirty Duck, view Lambiek Comiclopedia entry here):

No. 10: Gary Arlington (operator of S.F. Comic Book Co, see No. 5) and Kim Deitch, one of the key figures in underground cartooning, referred to by some as one of the godfathers of American underground comics (view Lambiek Comiclopedia entry here):

No. 11: John Bagley’s Company & Sons – publishers of underground comics:

Last but not least, here are two pictures of the building that once was the headquarters for Rip Off Press, publishers of Gilbert Shelton’s Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, Fat Freddy’s Cat and other famous series. The address is 1250 17th Street in San Francisco. It is not on the map because it is located in the industrial area in a different part of the city. The building is now occupied by a company that sells bookbinding supplies and model making materials: