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Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975
Chronicles twelve years and fifty artists of the underground comix phenomenon, which depicted controversial American issues ranging from political repression to the sexual revolution during the 1960s.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 8th 2004 by Fantagraphics Books
(first published January 2003)
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In many ways, Rebel Visions could almost be considered a "sequel" of sorts to The Ten Cent Plague. While Plague dealt with the furor over the comic books of the 50s - the classic EC horror comics, the crime comics, the detective comics, etc. - and the establishment of the Comic Code Authority, Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975 deals with what happened when the kids who read comics in the 50s did when they grew up - and decided that censorship and appeasing authority was n ...more
Indispensable for getting a complete picture of underground comix and understanding how their rise was intricately linked with counter culture music, politics, and lifestyle in the 60s and 70s. I personally would have loved an extra chapter on the institution of the Comics Code Authority and crack-down on E.C comics in the 50s. I think it's easier to see the value of pure shock comix like S Clay Wilson when you see what they were rebelling against. This connection certainly wasn't missed in the ...more