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total score 9
Motor City Comics #1
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1st Printing / April, 1969 / 28 pages / Rip Off Press
In the spring of 1969 Crumb produced Motor City Comics #1, which introduces Lenore Goldberg, one of his strongest female characters to date. While she displays some of Crumb's favorite physical attributes, such as muscular thighs and cheesecake cleavage, Goldberg is the most earnest feminist he had yet created.

After opening with the absurd "The Inimitable Boingy Baxter," which is about an everyday guy escaping a pregnant mistress, the cops and a Chinese dentist by bouncing away in his spring-loaded shoes, Crumb delivers the nine-page "Lenore Goldberg and Her Girl Commandos."

Lenore Goldberg is the leader of a group of young women who storm a meeting of liberal intellectuals to "clear the air of all this bullshit about 'femininity'!" Goldberg declares that "men and women must get together as equals, but for this to happen the whole society must change radically." She never explains exactly how society must change; instead, Goldberg and her "girl commandos" ridicule the sexually repressed intellectuals by pretending to flirt with and seduce them, but it's all just a game and they exit the meeting after humbling their enemy.

When Goldberg and the commandos are pursued by police as they flee the meeting, one of them is caught and brutally punished, but this only strengthens their resolve to expand their membership and push the feminist revolution to the next level. Of course, in Crumb's eyes, the revolution does not prevent Goldberg from going home to have oral sex with her boyfriend and give him a blow job.

Motor City Comics #1 is the second title published by Rip Off Press (Radical America Komics was the first), and though it has plenty of weak spots, the strength of the Lenore Goldberg story makes it a must-read for fans of the Crumb and the underground.
The only copy of the first printing I own is the slabbed copy shown above. If I ever unslab that book or acquire another copy of the first printing, I will replace the image used above with my usual scanned image. It will also give me the chance to show the copyright on the inside front cover that is the only way to identify the first printing.
There are seven known printings of this comic book, the first six by Rip Off Press and the last by Last Gasp. It is currently unknown how many copies of this comic book were printed for any of the printings. The first five printings all have 50-cent covers and can be somewhat difficult to distinguish. The first two printings have no company logo on the front cover, state The Print Mint
address on the back cover, and have copyright information on the inside front cover. But only the 1st printing does NOT have the copyright symbol © on the inside front cover. The 2nd printing added the © symbol to the copyright information.

The 3rd to 5th printings all have the Rip Off Press logo added to the front cover. The 3rd printing still has The Print Mint address on the back cover, but the 4th and 5th printings change to the Rip Off Press address. The only way to tell the 4th and 5th printings apart is that the 4th printing has a glossy paper stock cover and the 5th printing has a matte cover stock. The 6th printing has a 75-cent cover price. The 7th printing is the first published by Last Gasp and has a $2.50 cover price.

Robert Crumb - 1-28
Motor City Comics 1 3rd _ Motor City Comics 1 4th
3rd Printing
Rip Off logo on cover, Print Mint address on back cover.
4th Printing
Rip Off logo on cover,
Rip Off address on back, glossy cover stock.