About Underground Classics
The first serious look at American underground comix as art
- Book Release: April 24, 2009
- Exhibit: May 2-July 12
The late 1960s saw the emergence of underground comics, a new wave of humorous, counterculture-inspired comic books that dealt with social and political subjects like sex, drugs, rock’n’roll, and war protest. These new comics became known as “comix‟ to set them apart from mainstream comics and to emphasize the “x‟ for x-rated.
The impact of American underground comix is profound: They galvanized artists both domestically and abroad, they forever changed the economics of comic book publishing, and they influenced several generations of cartoonists. While the works of Robert Crumb and Art Spiegelman are well known via the New Yorker and retrospective collections, many other seminal cartoonists who came of age in the 1960s are considerably less known. Underground Classics: The Transformation of Comics into Comix is the first serious survey of underground comix as art, turning the spotlight on these influential and largely under-appreciated artists.
Four essays from James Danky and Denis Kitchen, art historian Paul Buhle, comix artist Trina Robbins, and critic Patrick Rosenkranz, as well as an introduction by comix legend Jay Lynch, offer a thorough reflection and appraisal of the underground movement. Their words are accompanied by more than one hundred original drawings, paintings, and artifacts, from private collections and from the collections of the artists themselves. Indispensable for the serious-minded comics fan and the casual reader alike, Underground Classics is a definitive visual survey and essential resource.