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fedsnheads 1st
brilliant writing
exceptional art
historical bonus 5
total score 10
Feds 'n' Heads

1st Printing / 1968 / 24 pages / Gilbert Shelton

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One of the first, and most popular, underground comix in history. After a first printing of 5,000 books in 1968, over 200,000 copies were sold by 1980. Feds 'n Heads opens with one of Gilbert Shelton's funniest Wonder Wart-Hog stories, but it is better known for the comic book debut of The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, already popularized through extensive exposure in underground newspapers across the country. Hidden amongst the back pages is the classic Freak Brothers one-pager that launched the pothead motto: "Grass will carry you through times of no money better than money will carry you through times of no grass!" This Gilbert Shelton masterpiece is an ideal example of underground comics perfection, circa 1968.
There are at least 14 printings of this comic book, the last 13 being printed by the Print Mint. The 1st printing was printed in an Austin, Texas garage and hand collated, folded and stapled by Gilbert Shelton. The first three printings have 35-cent cover prices. The 1st printing (5,000 copies) is 24 pages, has a yellow-colored road with white buildings and a white sidewalk on the front cover, and the background on the front cover is broken into three distinct bands of color. The 2nd (5,000 copies) and 3rd (9,500 copies) printings are 28 pages, have a brown-colored road with brown and orange buildings, the background has handmade stippling to blend the colors together, and they are believed to be indistinguishable from each other.
The 4th through 11th printings (10,000 to 30,000 copies each) have 50-cent cover prices, a yellow-colored sidewalk, and blend the background colors with cross-hatching instead of stippling, but only the 4th printing indicates its edition on the inside front cover. The 5th through 11th printings are believed to be indistinguishable from each other. The 12th and 13th printings (10,000 copies each) have 60-cent cover prices, with the 12th printing cover price printed in red and the 13th printed in black. The 14th printing has a 75-cent cover price.

Gilbert Shelton 1-2, 3-9 (collaboration), 10-28
Lieuen Adkins 3-9 (collaboration)
fedsnheads-2nd _ fedsnheads-4th
2nd/3rd Printing
35-cent cover, brown
road and buildings,
stippled bands of color.
  4th Printing
50-cent cover, yellow
sidewalk, cross-hatched
bands of color.