Mineshaft Bundle: Issue No. 22 (June 2008) with: Issue No. 23 (December 2008). Robert Crumb, Sophie Crumb, O. J. Heller, Jay Lynch, Harvey Pekar, Everett Rand, Tara Seibel.
Mineshaft Bundle: Issue No. 22 (June 2008) with: Issue No. 23 (December 2008)
Mineshaft Bundle: Issue No. 22 (June 2008) with: Issue No. 23 (December 2008)
Mineshaft Bundle: Issue No. 22 (June 2008) with: Issue No. 23 (December 2008)
Mineshaft Bundle: Issue No. 22 (June 2008) with: Issue No. 23 (December 2008)
Mineshaft Bundle: Issue No. 22 (June 2008) with: Issue No. 23 (December 2008)

Mineshaft Bundle: Issue No. 22 (June 2008) with: Issue No. 23 (December 2008)

Durham, NC: Mineshaft in Conjunction with Grass Roots Press, 2008. Limited First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. Issue No. 23 Signed by Illustrator, Jay Lynch. Here we offer a truly special bundle of Everett Rand’s underground contemporary classic, Mineshaft Magazine. Mineshaft—as described on the front cover of Issue No. 23 above Jay Lynch’s memorable front cover illustration—is “A SHISH-KA-BOB OF LITERARY HIPNESS,” festooned by R. Crumbian derangements and delights in equal measure. Issue No. 22 of Mineshaft boasts on the front cover of featuring “Women Daredevils of Muscle Beach, California” by O.J. Heller, a cultural and historical time-capsule of region-specific, Californian cultural practice-&-custom during the postwar 1940s. It is utterly fascinating, a kind of proto-beach culture that—in its own way—foretells both of the cultural manifestations that would so pronounce themselves in the California of the 1960s: “Beach Boy”/ Surf culture and Muscle Car hot-rodding, where an almost Grecian worship of the chiseled human form would transmogrify into a craze and culture which aimed to uniquely muscularize the motor vehicle. Somewhat of a recurring feature in Minecraft is excerpts from R. Crumb’s letters to Everett Rand—these vacillate in topic and in tone, sometimes ripe with the beard-stroking wisdom of an old sage and at other times quite autobiographical or revealing. This letter from Crumb, dated “Nov. 20, ’07” contains a fair share of both. We could say much more about this delightful issue but must turn your attention now to the equally-exquisite Issue No. 23. The ever-present Crumb appears in Issue No. 23 with three sketchbook drawings (“Musical Ecstasy at Age Four;” “Pizzeria in Sauve” (wittily attributed to “Sigh Twombly”); and the truly far-out “Swami Sri Yuktesar’s Description of the Workings of the Universe,” a Charles Olson on Acid-Meets-R. Crumb babble-diagram of the highest order. The apple does not fall far from the tree in Crumb’s case, and he is the proud progenitor of what appears to be laudably degenerate offspring—his daughter, Sophie Crumb, appears with a suite of hilarious drawings. These include “Kiss My Bony Ass and Hand Over the Cash,” a satirized depiction of Angelina Jolie with an accompanying media critique. The great Harvey Pekar of “American Splendor” fame appears with “Lake View Cemetery,” a collaboration with Tara Seibel. Another unique and quintessential hilarity appears in Issue No. 23 in the form of collaged excerpts from vintage issues of Sexology Magazine, founded way back in 1933. As one might expect, they make for tortured, albeit hilarious reading. Issue No. 23 is signed by Jay Lynch on the right forearm of the buxom brunette on the front cover in thin blank pen ink and reads: “Jay Lynch -08.” Both issues are limited first printings, runs of 1,350 and 900, respectively. [ISSN: 1532-138X]. Both issues in very fine condition with only slightest shelf-wear to fine-edges and a small bump at the top left-hand corner of Issue No. 22’s back cover. Very Fine. [Item #4337]

Price: $100.00