Zap Comix #16
Overview - This blowout issue not only includes work by all eight Zap artists (plus a collaboration with cartoonist Aline Kominsky), but also three double-page jams by the group. Plus: Zap s first-and-only color section, featuring comics by R. Crumb and Gilbert Shelton (his final Zap Wonder Wart-hog episode, no less). Read more...
More About Zap Comix #16 by R. Crumb; Gilbert Shelton; Robert Williams; S. Clay Wilson
This blowout issue not only includes work by all eight Zap artists (plus a collaboration with cartoonist Aline Kominsky), but also three double-page jams by the group. Plus: Zap s first-and-only color section, featuring comics by R. Crumb and Gilbert Shelton (his final Zap Wonder Wart-hog episode, no less). Paul Mavrides provides an alternately embellished version of Gilbert Shelton s and his Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers episode, Phineas Becomes a Suicide Bomber (originally inked in the Complete Zap by Shelton). Front cover by R. Crumb. Back cover by Moscoso."
- ISBN-13: 9781606999004
- ISBN-10: 1606999001
- Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
- Publish Date: February 2016
- Page Count: 96
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An iconic anthology bows out in a long-unpublished final issue featuring all of its premier artists, showcasing the differing styles that made each creator famous. Crumb's self-reflective comics (often published alongside those of Aline Kominsky-Crumb, the first woman ever to appear in Zap) are strong, with his distinctive griminess and nervous faces cowering under piles of looming word balloons. Kominsky-Crumb's thin lines contrast well against her husband's dense drawings, and their discussions are often touching in their bald honesty. Shelton lampoons the 21st-century need for all heroes to kill in the last Wonder Wart-Hog strip. His lines in this and another story, about a loser who becomes a terrorist to get laid, have a Mad magazine feel. Wilson's shock comics are the weak link for today's readers now that nudity is common in mainstream monthly books. While many have fond memories of Zap as one of the first to break the rules, much of the transgression is now common or unnecessary. (Feb.)