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Arcade The Comics Revue 1st Print Set of Five Historic Issues –Nos. 1-5 - PRIMO!

All are Very Fine

Arcade The Comics Revue #1-5

Publisher: Print Mint

Cover Date: 1975-1976

 

Creator: Art Spiegelman, Bill Griffin (editors), Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Charles Bukowski, Paul Krassner, William Burroughs by S. Clay Wilson, Spain Rodriguez, Kim Deitch, Justin Green, Aline Kominsky, George DiCaprio and more

Other Info: All 1st printings

Condition:NM

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THIS LANDMARK COMIX SET is rare. It comes out of my personal collection – from a Smoke-free environment.

 

I have been collecting since the mid-sixties. I have amassed a primo collection of mostly 1st and 2nd editions of all the rare and essential comix. Rather than selling my entire collection to one buyer, I decided to sell it off piecemeal.

CONDITION: NM at least (see pics).

 

INT. PGS.: OWL 10 Supple without brittleness.

 

Comic complete with no coupon cut outs or pages missing.

 

Arcade: The Comics Revue was a magazine-sized comics anthology created and edited by Art Spiegelman and Bill Griffith. It was published by Berkeley's Print Mint and ran for seven issues between 1975 to 1976. Color covers by Robert Crumb, Jay Lynch and Robert Williams.

Arcade, The Comics Revue was truly an ambitious undertaking, launched in 1975 out of Berkeley, California by co-editors Art Spiegelman and Bill Griffith. It was conceived as a "comics magazine for adults" that would showcase the "best of the old and the best of the new comics."

The Arcade comic anthology series is considered by some to be the last stand in the era of underground comics. It is also considered by some to be the most ambitious and accomplished comic book series in the history of comic books.

Arcade was indeed a courageous attempt to bring intellectual comics to the masses, and my admiration for the effort is shared by many other comic experts and historians. Alan Moore said it was "the only truly worthwhile material produced during the 1970s." The first issue of Arcade, with its stunning Crumb cover, is beautiful to look at and lavishly illustrated throughout.

Arcade did deliver plenty of terrific stories and showcased the work of the most important creators from underground's golden age, including Crumb, Griffith, Spiegelman, Wilson, Rodriguez, Williams, Deitch, Green and Kominsky. It is justly lauded for refusing to pander to the lowest common denominator, even if that refusal helped lead to its going out of business. It was truly a shame that it did. Because every issue of Arcade remains an interesting read and challenges the reader to engage with its weighty content. In fact, I believe that the last couple issues of Arcade struck a fine balance between entertainment and education, and who knows what might have been if the series had continued.

THIS LANDMARK COMIX SET is rare. It comes out of my personal collection – from a Smoke-free environment.

   

Arcade, The Comics Revue #1

Only Printing / Spring, 1975 / 44 Pages / The Print Mint. Crumb cover.

The first issue leads off with a Top Twenty Underground Covers award-winning front cover by Robert Crumb and is followed by contributions from an all-star cast of underground creator legends, including Jim Osborne, Robert Armstrong, Spain Rodriguez, S. Clay Wilson, Kim Deitch, Justin Green, Jay Kinney, Aline Kominsky, Jay Lynch, Victor Moscoso, Willy Murphy, Diane Noomin and Gilbert Shelton.

 

The care and deliberation that Spiegelman and Griffith employed when assembling this beautiful magazine is awesome. Enjoy the majority of stories here, especially Lynch's "Nard n' Pat" story, Willy Murphy's "Arnold Peck, the Human Wreck" and Art Spiegelman's "Real Dream."

 

HISTORICAL FOOTNOTES:

The Print Mint produced approximately 20,000 copies of this comic magazine. It has not been reprinted.

No noticeable blemishes or marks. Near-Mint condition.

NM

 

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Arcade, The Comics Revue #2

 

Only Printing / Summer, 1975 / 44 Pages / The Print Mint. Crumb cover.

 

Arcade, The Comics Revue #2 continues the ambitious objectives of the editors and contributors. The magazines starts off strong with R. Crumb's "Modern America," includes biopic of Henri Rousseau, "A Couch in the Sun," "Classics Crucified" gives us Goethe's "Faust," on four pages.

The cover art by Crumb is another outstanding effort, though.

HISTORICAL FOOTNOTES:

The Print Mint produced approximately 30,000 copies of this comic magazine. It has not been reprinted.

No noticeable blemishes or marks. Near-Mint condition.

NM

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Arcade, The Comics Revue #3

 

Only Printing / Fall, 1975 / 52 Pages / The Print Mint. Crumb cover.

 

Arcade expands from 44 to 52 pages for third issue, which gives more room for even more contributiors. Arcade #3 leads off with Robert Crumb paying homage to jug bands and depression-era blues, a great example of Crumb utilizing his talents on his passions. "Classics Crucified" (Justin Green) takes on "Crime and Punishment," which about as exciting as George Kuchar's biography, "H.P. Lovecraft."

On the plus side, Robert Armstrong's "Mickey Rat" is pretty good and Willy Murphy keeps lightening the mood with his usually funny "Arnold Peck the Human Wreck." Charles Bukowski also contributes some fine short fiction with "Bop Bop Against That Curtain" (with spot illustrations by R. Crumb).

 

HISTORICAL FOOTNOTES:

The Print Mint produced approximately 20,000 copies of this comic magazine. It has not been reprinted.

 

No noticeable blemishes or marks. Near-Mint condition.

NM

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Arcade, The Comics Revue #4

 

Only Printing / Winter, 1975 / 52 Pages / The Print Mint. Crumb cover.

The series continues to challenge its audience in Arcade #4, including a fine contribution from William S. Burroughs ("Fun City in Ba'dan"). Another plus is Robert Williams, who provides a gracefully violent center spread in "An Ugly Incident."

HISTORICAL FOOTNOTES:

The Print Mint produced approximately 20,000 copies of this comic magazine. It has not been reprinted. This "winter" issue was actually published in October.

 

No noticeable blemishes or marks. Near-Mint condition.

NM

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Arcade, The Comics Revue #5

 

Only Printing / Spring, 1976 / 52 Pages / The Print Mint. Jay Lynch cover.

  

"The Calvin Coolidge Story," "Gotterdammerung" (a serious story about Adolf Hitler and the Nazis), A religious fable with Zippy in the 16th century – Oh, boy, what fun! At least S. Clay Wilson livens up the book with his contribution, and R. Crumb's "Crybaby's Blues" is pretty funny. Also, Jay Lynch's "Famous Frauds" story this time ("Ajeeb") and George DiCaprio's excerpt from the epic novella "Anthony and the Temptations."

 

HISTORICAL FOOTNOTES:

The Print Mint produced approximately 20,000 copies of this comic magazine. It has not been reprinted.

  

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