Austin & San Francisco: Sluggo, 1977-79. 4to. Early issues stab-stapled; later issues comb-bound. Later issues printed on a multilith on various types and colors of paper stock, with silkscreened or hand-colored elements and multiples laid in; some pages purposefully burnt or cut; final issue bound in embossed velvet.
A complete run of the greatest American punk art zine ever published, including the rare first three issues and the legendary predecessor of the zine, the Austin Vanguard. Over the course of 6 issues Sluggo forged a visual language of its own, equar parts provocation, irony, and a psychedelia heavily influenced by south of the border religious imagery. By the final issue the zine had moved to San Francisco, with an issue that featured a number of variant covers, all bound in velvet; inserted is the large fold-out Industrial Collapse board game, here still complete with the game tokens in the stapled plastic bag, Given that the covers of some issues are completely different from copy to copy, and that the dates are often fictitious, determining the publishing history of Sluggo is difficult. We are indebted to the help of Ryan Richardson for helping us figure many of these bibliographic details out.
Staples missing from the first issue, but complete. Back covers of nos. 3 and 4 detached from staples, but present. Otherwise a very good set, and rare complete. Item #27091