San Francisco, CA: Apex Novelties, 1972. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. A very special production from the golden age of underground comix. Features the first appearance of "Maus" by Art Spiegelman, which much later & in different, expanded two-part form would earn the Pulitzer Prize. Also "What a World!" parts one & two by Robert Crumb with his infamous urban-hipster cat & bird-woman characters; a "Trots and Bonnie" episode with very frisky dogs by Shary Flennigen; "Stinky the Pig" by Jay Lynch; & more. The common theme is animals taking on human characteristics, many not funny at all, or with the darkest & most absurd humor. This is the first & only printing, as noted by established authorities. A very important collectible in the comix canon, with now-classic countercultural wackiness & a jarring portent of greatness. In relatively very fine condition, approximately equivalent to a 6.5 grade per Fogel's, CGC, etc.: very mild rubbing, creasing, spotting & discoloration of front & back covers; interior very fine except for moderate browning/tanning of just-above-newspaper quality pages; but pages not brittle & with barely any acidic scent.
"FOR ADULTS ONLY" Fine/Very Fine. [Item #2222]