Writing about underground comix in the comics and animation journal Funnyworld in 1971, underground comix creator and publisher Denis Kitchen proclaimed that “by ridiculing the outmoded social system we live in, we are quickening its demise. And in its place, hopefully, will be established a society in which no ‘underground’ is necessary” (quoted in Schelly 2015, 484). The optimism in that statement is admirable, if not—given today’s social, political, and cultural struggles—enviable.

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