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    Zap Comix #1 Publishing Archive Material (1968). The history of Underground Comix may have to be rewritten with this lot! From the archives of Apex Novelties, founder and printer of the second edition copies of Zap Comix #1, comes this incredible treasure trove of information, receipts, notes, etc. from the halcyon days of Underground Comix, circa 1968. Donahue traded Charles Plymell a tape recorder (valued at the time at $200) for the offset printing press Plymell used to print the book that started it all - Robert Crumb's Zap #1. The story that circulated for years was that Robert and his first wife, Dana, took the freshly-printed copies of Zap #1 from Plymell and hawked them on the streets of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district from a baby carriage. We now know this is only partially true; it was actually Don Donahue, not Crumb, who was there with Dana. In fact, this lot includes the cash envelope from that day, with sales totals for Dana ($5.50), Don ($3.00 - slacker!) and Mimi ($12.00), dated 2/25/68. Also included in this historic lot is a photo of Donahue at his press, his receipts from various dealers for stacks of Zap #1, and copies of letters, photos, and a Jack Jackson eight-page comic story about the early days of Donahue's flat-mates, Rip Off Press (they all shared a loft in an old, condemned opera house in a bad part of town). Find out the costs of printing the second edition of Zap, and the share of the profits paid to Crumb (too little to print here without embarrassing the artist)! If the story of this fascinating chapter of comics history is your thing, here's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to own these rare archival items.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2006
    11th-13th Thursday-Saturday
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