The first issue of Zap Comix was printed by Charles Plymell in 1968. It was the product of R. Crumb who, along with friends, sold that first issue on the streets of the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco. Robert Crumb was the lone artist for the first two issues of Zap Comix.
Soon after, other artists, namely S. Clay Wilson, Rick Griffin, and Victor Moscoso (the latter two were already well known as rock concert poster artists) met Crumb and were invited to draw some strips for a future issue of Zap Comix. Later, Gilbert Shelton (Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers) would join them and later still, Spain Rodriguez and Robert Williams.
Although there were a few earlier books (the term underground comix hadn’t even been invented yet), Crumb’s Zap Comix is generally considered the one that started the whole underground comix movement. The series has been published continuously ever since that first issue in 1968. The last one, # 15 (sixteenth in the series), was first published in 2005.
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