Zap Comix Case Study

Created in 1968 and running until 2016, Zap Comix was a ground-breaking and defying comic book that defied convention and societal law (Comic Code) it became a model for the Comix movement.
A comic that has evolved with the ages taking a progressive and often regressive stance on ‘hot topics’ of the time. In Zap Comix Issue 1 Crumb describes himself as a ‘raving lunatic’ through the use of self-caricatures in this case; Flakey Foont and Mr. Natural. Showing from the get-go Crumb wasn’t one to mince his words or take a serious stance towards his credibility, reputation or personal image. Before divulging into Crumbs Zap Comix publication in detail, it is imperative to outline the state that US centric comics were subject to in the 1950s when
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“How many hours these confined children spend on crime comic books and his dismay at seeing how children who had got into trouble while reading many crime comics were sentenced to years of incarceration” (cited in Seduction of the Innocent 1954: 47). Though religious groups, parental and public pressure were also partly to blame. (refer to Stanley Cohen 's Folk Devils and Moral Panics 1972: for an …show more content…
Juxtaposing the last panel where it is an almost picturesque vision of a nuclear family, parents, children, car and house.

The crying child in the foreground partially breaks up the idyllic scene which allows the reader to focus on the almost vacant expressions of the wife and children with two of them having quite grotesque appearances, their stiff posture within the panels composition could show an almost unease towards their new found 'fame ' as the parents and taller child seemingly blend together with Crumbs use of heavy mark making appearing to disconnect the foreground children essentially having them appear as outliers.
In conclusion, Zap Comix was a genre pioneer in essence as it defied convention and law of the time, paving the way for modern comics and artists through the use of boundary crossing. It both encompassed and rejected moral and cultural ideas of the 1960s and continued with that until the very last

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