Gilbert Shelton

Gilbert Shelton

Gilbert Shelton attended university in Austin, TX, where he became editor of the student magazine, The Texas Ranger. This was to prove Shelton’s last “real job.” For in 1967, after contributing to various underground comix with his earliest character, Wonder Wart-Hog, and designing posters for rock concerts, Shelton created the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. In 1969 he and some friends from Texas moved to San Francisco to set up Rip Off Press from which Freak Brothers strips were soon syndicated, borrowed (or stolen!) by a host of American underground newspapers and magazines. Shelton currently lives in Paris, France, with his wife and three cats.

Radical America Komiks

Radical America Komiks

SKU: 9781629635675
Editor: Gilbert Shelton • Introduction: Paul Buhle • Foreword: Jay Kinney
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629635675
Published: 12/2018
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 7 x 10
Page count: 64
Subjects: Art-Comics / History-U.S., 1960s


Radical America Komiks was the funniest issue of that whole series of New Left magazines because it included the best cartoonists in the underground. Gilbert Shelton, master humorist, creator of the Furry Freak Brothers, edited the extra-thick comic book as one of the earliest projects at his fledgling company Rip Off Press. Nothing like funnies to liven up political discussions.”
—Patrick Rosenkranz, author of Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution

Radical America Komiks is a treasury of Austin’s radical artists from the 1960s and ’70s, especially Gilbert Shelton, truly a global figure of comix innovation.”
—Thorne Dreyer, founding editor of The Rag

Radical America Komiks not only provides an unparalleled sense of how leftist politics and avant-garde narrative art intersected at the end of the sixties, it anticipates many of the innovations and tropes we associate with the alternative comics movement of the 1980s and 1990s.”
—Kent Worcester, coeditor of Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium

“There is a certain irony that Radical America Komiks is likely to be one of the best-remembered parts of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). That the visual and the satirical turn out to have a longer shelf life than the polemical would perplex, and more, the members of SDS who encountered the wonderful comix drawn and assembled by Gilbert Shelton. Viva comics, no matter how it is spelled!”
—James Danky, Underground Classics Illustrated

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