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    Rand Holmes A History of Underground Comix Wraparound Cover Original Art (Straight Arrow Books, 1973). Mark James Estren's comprehensive book on Underground Comix and their creators was the first serious examination of the genre. Published by an offshoot of famed counterculture journal Rolling Stone, the book was a well-researched history of this new "anything goes" style of adult comic books that originally sprang up in San Francisco, in the wake of Robert Crumb's truly groundbreaking Zap Comix #1. To illustrate the cover, Rand Holmes was chosen. This was an inspired choice; not only was Holmes active in the field (his best-known character was Harold Hedd), but he was also an extremely talented artist who had an uncanny knack for imitating the style of other cartoonists. He definitely pulled out all the stops for this incredible double-spread, depicting famous comix characters hanging out at a party. He chose a Whos-who line-up, including several R. Crumb stars like the "Keep On Trucking" man, Mr. Natural, Angelfood McSpade, Mr. Snoid, and even Crumb himself, strumming a banjo on the backside, along with characters made famous by Gilbert Shelton (Freak Brothers, Fat Freddy, and Wonder Wart-Hog), S. Clay Wilson (the Checkered Demon), Jay Lynch (Nard 'n' Pat), Rick Griffin (the Yiddish-speaking beetle from Zap #3), Skip Williamson (Snappy Sammy Smoot), and even a few older inspirational stars like the Yellow Kid and Alfred E. Neuman. This list goes on and on.
    Rand Holmes art practically never shows up for sale (most of it still held by his family), so finding something this important by such a talented (and largely unsung) artist is remarkable. The art is in ink over graphite with Zipatone shading film and white ink/paint. It's been matted with an opening of 29.5" x 17", and framed with Plexiglas for an overall size of 33" x 21". The art appears to have been created on two boards that have been intricately joined; there is a small, unobtrusive tear at one point, and there are a few minor stains along the seam; otherwise, the condition remains Excellent. The artwork was prominently featured in the museum exhibit and catalog book, Underground Classics: The Transformation of Comics Into Comix, by James Danky and Denis Kitchen (2009), which also featured an itemized "who's who" of every single character depicted in this image. From the Eric Sack Collection.

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