San Francisco: Last Gasp/Ron Turner, 1988. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's pictorially illustrated stiff paper wraps.
First edition of the celebrated comics collection created to raise money for HIV research efforts in the United States. The landmark volume, inspired by a benefit of the same name published in the U.K. a year prior, frankly addresses the epidemic in an educational and compassionate manner at a time where few resources were available to the public. Created, compiled, and edited by three of the self-proclaimed “last underground artists” Trina Robbins, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Robert Triptow with the intention of stripping away the homophobic mythology surrounding the epidemic. Originally Robbins's idea, she invited Triptow onto the project as co-editor as she felt incapable of completing the project as a heterosexual woman. Featuring works from a diverse range of over 50 contributors such as Alison Bechdel, Will Eisner, Harvey Pekar, Bill Plympton, Marie Severin, the Hernandez brothers, and many more along with Triptow’s iconic two-page comic “Needs'', one of the first and few comics at the time to depict an individual afflicted by the condition. Illustrated in black-and-white. Light edgewear, near fine. Item #3175