Chris and Reggie’s Cosmic Treadmill

Weird Comics History, Episode 12: Underground Comix, Part One

May 30, 2017

Grab your pickaxes and mining helmets, this week Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) uncover the seedy underbelly of comics history! First, a detailed look at Tijuana Bibles and a sadistic sex comic drawn by Superman co-creator, Joe Shuster. Then we take a long look at the careers of satirist and publisher Harvey Kurtzman and talented yet tragic Wally Wood, including their independently-produced works that would be so influential to a generation of comics creators. Will the reason behind the "X" in "comix" be revealed? You'll have to listen to find out!


Will Eisner speaks well of Harvey Kurtzman at the Dallas Fantasy Fair on July 5, 1990

Tijuana Bibles: Art & Wit in America's Forbidden Funnies, 1930s to 1950s by Bob Adelman (Simon & Schuster, 1994)

Vintage Tijuana Bible Library (WARNING: VERY NSFW)

The Incredible True Story of Joe Shuster's Nights of Horror

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America by Bill Schelly (Fantagraphics, 2015)

Humbug (2 volume set) by Harvey Kurtzman, et al. (Fantagraphics, 2008)

Trump: The Complete Collection by Harvey Kurtzman et al. (Dark Horse Books, 2016)

witzend (2 volume set) by Wallace Wood et al. (Fantagraphics, 2014)

TAGS: comics history, comic book history, underground comix, harvey kurtzman, wally wood, tijuana bibles, bazooka joe, joe shuster, humbug, trump, witzend, help!, american history, pop culture history

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