Lot 130: (ARTISTS'' MAGAZINES / COMICS.) Spiegelman, Art and Françoise Mouly. Raw. Volume 1, Number 1 - Number 8

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December 1, 2016, 1:30 PM EST
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Description: (ARTISTS'' MAGAZINES / COMICS.) Spiegelman, Art and Françoise Mouly. Raw. Volume 1, Number 1 - Number 8 (complete). Illustrated throughout by Spiegelman, Charles Burns, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb, Jerry Moriarty, Elwood Smith, and a host of others; all original Maus pamphlets and multiples present (including Spiegelman''s small format, full-color ''Two Fisted Painters'' bound into each issue). Folio, original stapled illustrated wrappers, occasional soft corner creases and light rubbing, but overall very good and bright. Vol. 2 has a large circular stain around upper spine affecting covers, preliminaries, and endleaves; other condition notes as indicated. New York; Raw Books, 1980-86
Notes: complete run of the first volume of raw, the flagship alternative comic series that introduced speigelman''s maus to the world.
Raw was their attempt to elevate comics into a respectable art form and "to force people to see how beautiful, and how moving, and how powerful the work could be . . . to fight the prejudice against comics as toilet literature." "Raw introduced comic art into the interdisciplinary mix that characterized the downtown art scene of the 1980s"--Allen, page 290.

The series comprises: #1. The Graphix Magazine of postponed suicides. #2: The Graphix Magazine for damned intellectuals. "Maus, A Survivor''s Tale" (Introduction and Chapter I, with pamphlet in rear), "City of Terror" and containing the playing cards and bubble gum packet. #3: The Graphix Magazine that lost its faith in nihilism. "Maus" (Chapter II). #4: The Graphix Magazine for your bomb shelter''s coffee table. ("Reagan speaks for himself" and containing the sound collage flexible disc), "Maus" (Chapter III). #5: The Graphix Magazine of abstract depressionism. "Maus" (Chapter IV). #6: The Graphix Magazine that overestimates the taste of the American public. #7: The torn-again Graphix Mag (with "torn" cover as issued). "Maus" (Chapter VI) and Yoshiharu Tsuge "Red Flowers." #8: The Graphic Aspirin for war fever. "Maus" (Chapter VII). Rear cover with vertical soft crease and chip to lower outer corner.
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