Dirty Pictures

How an Underground Network of Nerds, Feminists, Misfits, Geniuses, Bikers, Potheads, Printers, Intellectuals, and Art School Rebels Revolutionized Art and Invented Comix


A complete narrative history of the weird and wonderful world of Underground Comix—now in paperback!


ISBN: 9781419750472 Category:

Brian Doherty


In the 1950s, comics meant POW! BAM! superheroes, family-friendly gags, and Sunday funnies, but in the 1960s, inspired by these strips and the satire of MAD magazine, a new generation of creators set out to subvert the medium, and with it, American culture.

Additional information

Weight 516 g
Dimensions 14.3 x 22.2 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 3 August 2023
Number of pages 352
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14.3 x 22.2 cm
Weight 516 g


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Brian Doherty is a senior editor at Reason magazine and is the author of This Is Burning Man: The Rise of a New American Underground (Little, Brown, 2004). His reporting, essays, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Mother Jones, and Fantagraphics’s The Best American Comics Criticism, among others. He has also served as a judge for the comics industry’s Eisner Awards.