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gas comics 1
average writing
skilled art
historical bonus 3
total score 7
Gas Comics #1
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Only Printing / February, 1970 / 12 pages / Vulcan Gas
In the early 1960s, Austin, Texas native Jim Franklin studied drawing and painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. He returned to Texas in the mid-'60s and helped launch the first psychedelic music club in Austin, called the Vulcan Gas Company. Franklin served as the club's chief album cover artist and poster maker. When the underground comics revolution hit in 1968, Franklin jumped in on the action. In 1969 he self-published a remarkably beautiful comic book entitled Dillo Toons. Soon after that, Franklin and his creative buddies put together a couple of funky little undergrounds called Gas Comics.

I don't have a copy of Gas Comics #1 yet, so the cover scan above is provided for informational purposes only. That said, Gas Comics #1 does have several of the same contributors as the second issue, including Jim Franklin, John Shelton and Michael Brown.

Gas Comics
are fascinating little artifacts from the era when Austin was still establishing its legendary status as a breeding ground for counterculture artists and musicians.
It is currently unknown how many copies of this comic book were printed. It has not been reprinted.


John Shelton - 1, 3, 4
Jim Franklin - 2, 5, 11, 12
Michael Brown - 6-9
Bill Walsh - 10
Gas Comics #2