Monday, 24 October 2011

Mah Fellow Americans - Ron Cobb Cartoons, Sawyer Press 1968

'I've always been uncomfortable around people who are very certain about their world and their values no matter how defined: left, right, in the middle, religious, irreligious, etc. So I find security in pointing out any valid example of contradiction or paradox within their framework of personality orientation or belief.'
                                                                                                                                         - Ron Cobb

'Edited and published by Art Kunkin, the Los Angeles Free Press was one of the first of the underground newspapers of the 1960s, noted for its radical politics. Cobb's editorial/political cartoons were a celebrated feature of the Freep, and appeared regularly throughout member newspapers of the Underground Press Syndicate. However, although he was regarded as one of the finest political cartoonists of the mid-1960s to early 1970s, Cobb made very little money from the cartoons and was always looking for work elsewhere.
Among other projects, Cobb designed the cover for Jefferson Airplane's 1967 album, After Bathing at Baxter's. He also contributed design work for the cult film,Dark Star (1973) (he drew the original design for the exterior of the Dark Star spaceship on a Pancake House napkin).
His cartoons from the 1960s and 1970s are collected in RCD-25 (1967) and Mah Fellow Americans (1968) (both Sawyer Press), and Raw Sewage (1971) and My Fellow Americans (1971) (both Price Stern and Sloan). None of these volumes remains in print.' - Wikipedia

I've tried to scan what I couldn't find on the 'net. Apologies for some shading, but the spine is unbroken and deserves to be kept that way. This is the 'First Printing, 5,000 copies'. I don't think it was ever reprinted.

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