Berkeley: The Print Mint, 1975. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's stapled illustrated paper wraps.
Second issue of this seminal underground comix anthology, edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and graphic novelist Spiegelman and cartoonist Griffith (who created the long-running syndicated comic strip Zippy). Arcade ran for a total of seven issues from 1975-76, and showcased work by such underground artists and writers as R. Crumb, Kim Deitch, Aline Kominsky, William S. Burroughs, Gilbert Shelton (creator of the Freak Brothers and Fat Freddy's Cat), Diane Noomin, and many more. This issue features contributions by most of the above, including the editors, as well as Yippies founding member Krassner's piece on "Who Killed Lenny Bruce?": "Once in Chicago, a few of us were driving around and stopped the car in front of a Religious Novelties store. Lenny got out and purchased a framed portrait of John XXIII, the first Pope in history to smoke cigarettes. 'I just know I could make him laugh,' Lenny said." Illustrated throughout in black-and-white. Upper wrap illustrated in color by Crumb, lower wrap by Spiegelman. Light rubbing and creasing to spine near staples, faint residue from label removal to upper wrap. Near fine. Item #424