Edited by Gilbert Shelton
Radical America, a journal affiliated with Students for a Democratic Society published a memorable "underground comix" edition in 1969. Its principal artist and editor, Gilbert Shelton, whose Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers would be enjoyed in many editions across the world, brought to the project his Texas pals Frank Stack and Jack Jaxon. Also on hand, among others, were Chicago comics innovators Jay Lynch and Skip Williamson. Together, these and other contributors issued a veritable artistic manifesto: a new vernacular art had arrived! A half century after its original appearance, Radical America Komiks retains its rebellious spirit and its rollicking humor.
" Radical America Komiks not only provides an unparalleled sense of how leftist politics and avant-garde narrative art intersected at the end of the 1960s, it anticipates many of the innovations and tropes we associate with the alternative comics movement of the 1980s and 1990s." --Kent Worcester, coeditor of Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium
"There is a certain irony that Radical America Komiks is likely to be one of the best-remembered parts of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). That the visual and the satirical turn out to have a longer shelf life than the polemical would perplex, and more, the members of SDS who encountered the wonderful comix drawn and assembled by Gilbert Shelton. Viva comics, no matter how it is spelled!" --James Danky, Underground Classics Illustrated
About the Contributors:
In the 1960s, Gilbert Shelton contributed to various underground comix and designed concert posters before creating the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. He then set up Rip Off Press, from which Freak Brothers strips were soon syndicated, borrowed, or stolen by a host of publications.