The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975
A provocative chronicle of the guerilla art movement that changed comics forever. This comprehensive book follows the movements of 50 artists from 1967 to 1972, the heyday of the underground comix movement. Through interviews with the participants and other materials, Rebel Visions is the most intimate look ever at the people and events that forged the phenomenon known as underground comix, from New York to San Francisco, from the corn belt to deep in the heart of Texas, beginning that day in 1968 when R. Crumb debuted ZAP #1 from a baby carriage on Haight Ashbury Street. Rosenkranz has spent over 30 years researching this book and acquiring the cooperation of every significant underground cartoonist who worked throughout this period, including Crumb, Gilbert (Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers) Shelton, Bill (Zippy) Griffith, Art (Maus) Spiegelman, Jack Jackson, S. Clay Wilson, Robert Williams, and many more. Copious illustrations and photographs throughout (including a 32-page color section) make Rebel Visions the most comprehensive history of underground comix ever published.
"A profusely illustrated and thoroughly detailed history... Underground comics transformed banal comics into hilariously raucous and often perverse social commentaries and inspired film, literature and the graphic novel, which today is hard to call underground." The New York Times Book Review
"An immersive experience... Rebel Visions constitutes the only complete picture of the esthetics and business behind what was essentially a mass-produced avant-garde movement... A model of comics history and an essential read for anyone looking to truly understand the comics form." – Print
"With copious illustrations of weird sex, bad trips, and savage satire, Rebel Visions chronicles a critical wing of '60s counterculture that was fueled by the conviction that radical cartoons could combat the blights of capitalism, the Vietnam War, and, worst of all, squares." – Spin
"Rebel Visions is a triumph of research and generous observation, definitively documenting a scene of radical invention and subversive intent that remains a cornerstone of countercultural art history." – Bookforum
"25 years after the original underground flamed out in good romantic fashion, Rebel Visions testifies to the wild fertility of the comix imagination." – The Los Angeles Times Book Review
"This lavishly illustrated history captures the frenzied ambition and communal bonhomie that made the comix counterculture click." – Publishers Weekly, from its "Best Books of 2003" list