Los Angeles: Slash, 1977-1980. Tabloid
format, offset printed on newsprint with color covers. Includes all consecutive numbered issues from Vol. 1, No. 1 – Vol. 3, No. 5, as well as the rare unnumbered first year anniversary issue, and the posthumous final issue included as an insert in the September 1981 issue of New York Rocker.
A complete run of one of the longest running and most influential first wave punk fanzines.
Over the course of thirty issues Slash distinguished itself for excellent coverage, not just of the nascent LA punk scene but also with plenty of news and interviews from elsewhere in the U. S. and abroad, beginning with the iconic Dave Vanian portrait on the debut issue from May 1977. The stark cover portrait, usually based on a photograph by Melanie Nissen, who did superb work as photo-editor, became a trademark look for the zine’s covers.
The zine also gave page space to early work by Gary Panter, including his infamous Jimbo comics.
Slash maintained a rigorous and consistent ap- proach that remains a remarkable accomplishment in the turbulent age in which it was published, and the zine arguably had more of a visual impact on the look of US punk than any other zine.
The longevity of the zine was likely helped by the vigor with which the magazine rejected the past and looked forward, exemplified by the manifesto editorial by Claude “Kickboy” Bessy, entitled
“So This is War, Eh?”, which launches the first issue. “This publication was born out of curiousity and out of hope. Curiosity regarding what looks like a possible rebirth of true rebel music, hope
in its eventual victory over the bland products professional pop stars have been feeding us.
May the punks set this rat-infested industry on fire. It sure could use a little brightness!”
A clean, unusually well preserved near fine
set, with a number of the issues having never been folded. There is light overall expected toning to the newsprint, some occasional faint, almost imper- ceptible tidemarking to a few issues and a 1 1/2" closed tear to several leaves of Vol. 2, No.2, but considering the fragile, uncoated newsprint which the zine was printed on, a remarkable set. Item #25045