New York: Lorenz Gude, 1964. First edition. Foolscap, mechanically duplicated on rectos only; stab-stapled.
First, and much scarcer issue of the two issues of Brainard's artist periodical devoted to storyless or abstract comics. Illustrated throughout by Brainard with texts by many important poets of the New York School, including Bill Berkson, Ted Berrigan, Edwin Denby, Barbara Guest, Kenneth Koch, Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler, Tom Veitch, Kenward Elmslie, Gerard Malanga, Ron Padgett, Johnny Stanton, and Tony Towle.
In a more just world, C Comics would be remembered as in important innovation in the form, but Brainard is largely absent from scholarship about comics, though this could be partially a result of the scarceness of both issues, especially this first number - hopefully they will one day be reprinted.
Some toning and soiling to covers, with a small grease stain to foot of spine, else very good. Item #20772