Yarrowstalks #3 (Brian Zahn, 1967) Condition: VF. If you were to reply to the trivia question, "What was Robert Crumb's first solo comic book" with the answer Zap Comix, you would be wrong... 'cause this tabloid, printed in Philadelphia in 1967, was it. Crumb had contributed strips to this early Underground paper's first issue, when the publisher approached him about a solo issue. Crumb was reported to be so inspired, he then drew the first two issues of Zap, and sent one (#0) to Yarrowstalks' publisher, Brian Zahn, for him to print. Instead, he ran off with the art (which Crumb had managed to photocopy first), and so Charlie Plymell and Don Donahue printed Zap #1 the following year. Crumb had been paid for his work in Yarrowstalks with 500 copies which he supposedly distributed in San Francisco; while that may have been true, these things are incredibly scarce today. There remains confusion about the page count, as Don Fiene mentioned 40 pages in his R. Crumb Checklist, but the few copies that do surface only have eight, including this one. If there was a second section, we've not seen it. This copy originated from the files of Don Lewis, the art director of the East Village Other, who kept it in great condition. We're not planning on holding our breath waiting for a better copy to come along anytime soon.

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