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chicago mirror 1
average writing
skilled art
historical bonus 4
total score 9
Chicago Mirror #1
1st Printing / Autumn, 1967 / 16 Pages / Jay Lynch/Mirror Publishing

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A solid half year before there was a Zap Comix #1, there was a Chicago Mirror #1, published in Chicago in the autumn of 1967. Jay Lynch was the editor and publisher, Skip Williamson contributed a fairly trippy surrealistic comic one-pager, and Peter Green produced a sweet front cover. Oh, and famous pulp fiction writer and racketeer L. Ron Hubbard provides an "Introduction to Scientology" as well.

Sure, Chicago Mirror #1 was tame compared to the underground revolution that began in early 1968, but it had an underground feel to it. Jay Lynch and his pals would have kept pushing the envelope even without the comics revolution to come, so Chicago Mirror #1 was still a milestone in the history of underground comics.



There are reportedly two printings of this magazine, both by Jay Lynch and both with 25-cent cover prices. The 1st printing (unknown copies) has a matt cover stock and the 2nd printing (unknown copies) has a lightweight glossy paper stock.

Jay Lynch - (editor), 14-16
Peter Green - 1, 2 (text), 7
Skip Williamson - 3, 6, 14-15 (text)
Gary Glombecki - 4 (poem)
Kenneth Marier - 4 (poem), 14 (peom)
Clayton Bodin - 4 (poem)
L. Ron Hubbard - 5 (text), 14 (text)
Art Spiegelman - 8-9
Les Nirenberg - 11-12 (poem)
Howard Shoemaker - 13