Mineshaft No. 7 (October 2001) with: Mineshaft No. 8 (April 2002). Robert Crumb, Darlene Fife, James Joyce, Irving Stettner, Tommy Trantino.
Mineshaft No. 7 (October 2001) with: Mineshaft No. 8 (April 2002)
Mineshaft No. 7 (October 2001) with: Mineshaft No. 8 (April 2002)
Mineshaft No. 7 (October 2001) with: Mineshaft No. 8 (April 2002)
Mineshaft No. 7 (October 2001) with: Mineshaft No. 8 (April 2002)
Mineshaft No. 7 (October 2001) with: Mineshaft No. 8 (April 2002)

Mineshaft No. 7 (October 2001) with: Mineshaft No. 8 (April 2002)

Guilford, VT: Mineshaft, 2001-2002. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. Here we have two contagious issues of Everett Rand’s cult favorite Mineshaft magazine, known for its eclectic mix of prolific-&-underappreciated literary contributors and its robust aesthetic-&-editorial focus on Underground Comix. The issues offered here, issues No. 7 & No. 8 cover a wide range of genres, literary styles and topics; there are short stories, poetry, prose nonfiction and the great comix Mineshaft readers have come to expect. One of your devoted Assistant Curator’s favorite excerpts from Mineshaft can be found on pg. 35 of Issue No. 7, titled “The 7 Chakras of Robert Crumb.” Atop the figure of Robert Crumb we find the slacker maxim “Fuck ‘Em All, Sleep Till Noon” (excerpted from a James Crumley letter to S. Clay Wilson) and below the heading is a Crumb self-portrait in which he highlights the various functionalities of his chakras. At bottom is of course “sex obsession, perversion, fetishism and sadomasochism,” and in the next levels we find “obsessive-compulsiveness” and “timidity.” The chakras rise ever so slightly upward to “fear, anxiety and greed” followed by “depression, bitterness, morbidity, self-pity, and despair.” These give way to “vanity, ego, and half-baked notions” on the third Chakra from the top, with Crumb then going on to proclaim his Third Eye “inactive” and that there is “nothing happening” at the Crown chakra level. It is a hilarious graphic and quintessential Crumb, the self-effacing scythe-like genius of the old master far from dull even in seniority. Another treat is a James Joyce-themed article from Darlene Fife, co-publisher of the exemplary 1960s New Orleans-based underground magazine NOLA EXPRESS. The short “article” contains an excerpt from Ulysses alongside Fife’s suite of photos, which themselves are gathered under the title “James Joyce’s Ulysses in 1963.” These include black-&-white photos of Martello Tower, Stephen Dedalus’s home in the book’s opening scene, “Eccles St., Dublin, the home of Leopold and Molly Bloom” and two more. A treat. Of course, much more abounds in these exemplary issues of Mineshaft, and if you enjoy great comix and underappreciated authors, you can’t go wrong with this one. Both issues in very fine condition with only the slightest shelf-wear to fine-edges, essentially as new. Very Fine. [Item #4307]

Price: $40.00