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    S. Clay Wilson - Twenty Drawings Portfolio (Abington Book Shop, 1967) Condition: FN/VF. Like other collectibles, Undergrounds have their "holy grail" items, things that turn up only on very rare occasions, or maybe never within one's lifetime of collecting. This early portfolio of sketches by the outrageous S. Clay Wilson fits that bill, and then some. Printed and distributed in Wilson's hometown of Lawrence, Kansas, in an edition of 100-500 (accounts vary, although the lesser number is probably closer to the truth), this is one tough cookie to corner. The illustrations inside are typically wacked-out Wilson creations; lots of pirates, cowboys, bikers, bad girls, and demons, all drawn with a crazed look in their collective eyes. The portfolios were presented in a light purple folder with one of four Wilson drawings pasted on the front; this is the "Demon" version. Back in 1982, Jay Kennedy's Official Underground and Newave Comix Price Guide quoted this one with a value of $400. Jerry Weist's 2000 Comic Art Price Guide calls it "one of the rarest and most sought-after of all Undergrounds," and notes that copies seldom survive in above VG condition due to low paper quality, quoting a value of $950. Any way you slice it, this is a doozy of an item for those in search of something "different."

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    June, 2004
    11th-12th Friday-Saturday
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