Historical Underground Back in Print: Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary

We truly are living in a Golden Age, where almost any important comic work of the past century is easily available.

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Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary
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Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary, credited as the first autobiographical underground comic, is coming back into print 35+ years after its original publication. A hardcover reprint edition is due out next month from McSweeney’s. It’s described as

… Justin Green’s autobiographical portrayal of his struggle with religion and his own neuroses. Binky Brown is a young Catholic battling all the usual problems of adolescence — puberty, parents, and the fear that the strange ray of energy emanating from his private parts will strike a picture of the Virgin Mary. Deeply confessional, with artwork that veers wildly between formalist and hallucinogenic.

It turns out that he’s suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Seminal creators, including R. Crumb and Art Spiegelman, have credited this work as influential to their art.

If the hardcover with gold inlay seems a bit much for this bit of comic history, there was a mid-90s paperback collection from Last Gasp that also contains the story.


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