Sunday, October 9, 2016

Weird Comics History Podcast Ep. 12 - A History of Underground Comix, part 1

Grab your pickaxes and mining helmets, this week Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) uncover the seedy underbelly of comics history! First, a detailed look at Tijuana Bibles and a sadistic sex comic drawn by Superman co-creator, Joe Shuster. Then we take a long look at the careers of satirist and publisher Harvey Kurtzman and talented yet tragic Wally Wood, including their independently-produced works that would be so influential to a generation of comics creators. Will the reason behind the "X" in "comix" be revealed? You'll have to listen to find out!

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Will Eisner speaks well of Harvey Kurtzman at the Dallas Fantasy Fair on July 5, 1990

Tijuana Bibles: Art & Wit in America's Forbidden Funnies, 1930s to 1950s by Bob Adelman (Simon & Schuster, 1994)

Vintage Tijuana Bible Library (WARNING: VERY NSFW) 

The Incredible True Story of Joe Shuster's Nights of Horror 

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America by Bill Schelly (Fantagraphics, 2015)

Humbug (2 volume set) by Harvey Kurtzman, et al. (Fantagraphics, 2008) 

Trump: The Complete Collection by Harvey Kurtzman et al. (Dark Horse Books, 2016) 

witzend (2 volume set) by Wallace Wood et al. (Fantagraphics, 2014) 

TAGS: comics history, comic book history, underground comix, harvey kurtzman, wally wood, tijuana bibles, bazooka joe, joe shuster, humbug, trump, witzend, help!, american history, pop culture history

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