Jack Survives. Raw One-Shot #3
New York: Raw Books & Graphics, 1984. 1st Edition. Folio, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps, original acetate dust jacket printed in black.
Third book in the RAW One-Shot series, an offshoot of Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly’s influential comics and graphics magazine, featuring the work of self-described "paintoonist" Jerry Moriarty. The visually eclectic and philosophically-minded periodical was the flagship publication of the comics movement of the late 70s/early 80s and was celebrated for its uniquely over-sized and often hand-assembled format, creative packaging, experimental graphics, long-form narratives, and diversity of contributors. Although the publications weren't explicit rivals, Raw was widely considered a more sophisticated counterpoint to R. Crumb’s renowned, lowbrow Weirdo, created only a year after the first issue of Raw. The One-Shot series was characterized by "solo" books with each produced by a different artist. This issue features full-page reproductions of Moriarty’s celebrated comic strip "Jack Survives," based on his father’s life in the 40s and 50s. Illustrated in black-and-white and color. Light creasing and rubbing to acetate dust jacket. Near fine. Item #5293