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Zap #12

Psychedlic Solution

It has been more than 20 years now since Zap Comix first reared its ugly monster head out of the psychedelic miasma and sociopolitical upheaval of the ’60s to change forever the way we think about comic books. In both form and content, it goes beyond the obvious appeal of transgression/regression fantasies. Zap is that rare kind of artistic and literary masterwork that jumps out and smacks you right in the face, knocks you to the floor, and wrestles with your bilious heart of darkness till you’re screaming uncle, wretching in utter disgust, or begging for more. Reveling in hysterical silliness and naughty bathroom humor, it remains a seminal voice of countercultural commitment, the earliest and most persistent comic book dedicated to the radical possibilities of social satire, taboo sexpressionism, and absurdest or surrealist puerility. Its uncompromisingly nonconventional, underground

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