Print: "Motorized Bandits Feud as they Blast their Way Through Blood Gulch" S. Clay Wilson, Charles Plymell.
Print: "Motorized Bandits Feud as they Blast their Way Through Blood Gulch"
Print: "Motorized Bandits Feud as they Blast their Way Through Blood Gulch"
Print: "Motorized Bandits Feud as they Blast their Way Through Blood Gulch"
Print: "Motorized Bandits Feud as they Blast their Way Through Blood Gulch"

Print: "Motorized Bandits Feud as they Blast their Way Through Blood Gulch"

Lawrence, KS: S. Clay Wilson; Charles Plymell, 1967. First Printing. Single Sheet. Signed by S. Clay Wilson & Charles Plymell. We have just learned of the death of S. Clay Wilson (1941-2021), & offer this rare item in tribute to the great underground comix master who along with Robert Crumb & Co. revolutionized popular art & culture beginning with the infamous Zap series of the 1960s: An original print (appx. 14" x 11") entitled "Motorized Bandits Feud as they Blast their Way Through Blood Gulch" from a drawing executed & copyrighted 1967 by Wilson per small window near lower right corner. Above the print at blank top margin, Wilson has hand-written "(signed) S. Clay Wilson- Lawrence- 1984" in black ink; & next to/ right of Wilson's inscription, Charles Plymell has hand-written "(signed) Charles Plymell (printer) Lawrence 1966" in pencil. Plymell, the great American poet, printer, publisher & Legendary Literary Outlaw, is especially famous for having printed the very first edition of Zap Comix No.1. That iconic publication was exclusively the work of Crumb, but in the second Zap number, Wilson contributed his strip "The Hog Ridin' Fools" which features the low-down motorcycle-riding characters & milieu similar to those in this artwork. Wilson & Plymell remained life-long close friends & colleagues. Among their notable collaborations was William S. Burroughs' Tornado Alley (1989), printed & published by Plymell's Cherry Valley Editions imprint & with very memorable illustrations by Wilson, one of WSB's favorite artists. Lawrence, Kansas, the city referred to in both inscriptions, was the residence of Wilson before he moved to San Francisco & entered popular history in 1967. It also was the home base of WSB during the last decade & a half of his life. Both Wilson & especially Plymell visited WSB in Lawrence during the 1980s-1990s. In late 2017, we inquired with Plymell, from whom we obtained this, as to the circumstances & provenance of this item. Plymell wrote us: "Clay visited us in (Cherry Valley, NY) in 1997, the year Allen (Ginsberg) died. I don't think I had this at that time, and I don't think I signed it in '84. It is from one of his original portfolio printings that I set up for printer as I was leaving Lawrence '66 but did not actually print the portfolio. It seems that Patricia Elliot (a poet & friend of WSB) may have given me one of these portfolio pages when I was at her house during Burroughs' funeral service. I think she said S. Clay left portfolio(s) or pages from it with her one time. I may have signed it as printer later on, but technically worked as part of the make ready for printer..." Jim McCrary, a poet & educator who was a friend & associate of WSB during his later years in Lawrence, wrote to Plymell & us about this item: "Best I know Wilson contributed drawings to a student magazine in Nebraska before he came to Lawrence. Indeed John Fowler published and Charlie (Plymell) printed some of the Grists (a Lawrence-based underground publication preceding Zap) which featured Wilson's drawings. And later Charlie did Zap of course. The original portfolios were printed at House of Usher printer in Lawrence...I carried dozens of the portfolios to San Francisco in '67 but no one would touch them...I don't have any today." All of the above (abridged & with clarifications by us in parenthesis) may not completely resolve the exact origins & dates of this print & its signatures, but Plymell & McCrary are the closest surviving participants or witnesses to this production, its hazy status all-too-typical of the addled era from which it came. In any case, this is a very rare & delightful early Wilson art reproduction with the most significant association & provenance. In very fine condition with only very slight rubbing-browning & some short, faint creases to illustrated recto & blank verso; a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners. Very Fine. [Item #4146]

Price: $150.00