Comics

Amazing Dope Tales, Vol. I, No. 1 (n.d., 1967) (all published?)

24 pp. comic book, comprising the first edition of the first and likely only issue of the landmark comic which ranks as one of the earliest Counterculture comic books (preceding Zap), containing a comic strip about the use of psychedelic drugs written by Greg Shaw, with artwork by Geoff Evans. 4to. Original self-wrpps., some very light soiling and handling wear, library stamps to front cover. San Francisco (G. Shaw) 1987.

During the course of this comic, the protagonist, Walter Echo, meets a chimpanzee named Bamboo Papers. With Bamboo, Walter starts experimenting with drugs including marijuana, heroin, and LSD, and subsequently hallucinates. The end of this comic reads, "Will our hero make it? Don't miss the next issue of Amazing Dope Tales! Including the origin of Bamboo Papers!" However, there is no indication that a second issue was ever published. Publication information was obtained from J. Kennedy's Official Underground and Newave Comix Price Guide. This issue is one of two known states, one with the leaves bound out of order. As of December 2020, OCLC locates five holdings in North American libraries.

Book ID: 51151

Price: $375.00