Zap Comix No. 0

San Francisco, CA: Apex Novelties/The Print Mint, 1969. Second printing. Stapled Wrappers. Originally drawn & written by Robert Crumb in October 1967 before all the other numbers in the iconic Zap series, Zap Comix No. 0 was lost, (photocopies) recovered, re-touched & first published in late 1968 between Zap Comix numbers 2 & 3. With revolutionary content including "Mr. Natural in Death Valley" & "City of the Future" that have a continuing impact on art & culture. We have concluded that this is a second printing from early 1969, based on the near-Talmudic level of information available in the various grading & price guides, essays & commentary that have appeared & expanded over decades. The very first printing features a hairline inside the "Z" on front cover; pagination & yellow between some red letters on back cover; none present here. The 35-cent cover price; undamaged thick black outline of the umbilically plugged-in front cover character's spine (which is damaged beginning with the third printing & fully retouched by the fifth printing, in this copy the spine appears unrepaired or retouched) & comparison against images of other second printings leads to our conclusion. A historic collectible in the underground comix canon, in its second rarest form. In fine condition, generally very tight & bright, more or less the equivalent of a 6.0 grade per Fogel's, CGC, etc.: Front cover in very fine condition with only the lightest rubbing & a few very faint, short creases along surface & at spine; back cover mildly creased, rubbed, spotted & soiled along white background esp. along spine, upper & lower edges; a few tiny chips & bumps at edges & corners of covers. Interior very fine except for browning of just-above-newspaper quality paper esp. margins & edges (slightly effecting inner front & back covers), but pages not brittle & with barely any acidic scent. Very Fine. [Item #2203]

Price: $150.00 save 15% $127.50

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