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Underground Newspaper: The Great Speckled Bird (Atlanta)

Underground Newspaper: The Great Speckled Bird (Atlanta)

The Great Speckled Bird was an underground newspaper based in Atlanta and published weekly (for most of its existence) from 1968-76. The Bird‘s covers were consistently strong and graphic, many of them featuring illustrations done in a variety of styles by Ron Ausburn. Oftentimes the covers were literally poster-like calls to political action, as in […]

A Very Merry Black Santa Christmas from Jet Magazine!

A Very Merry Black Santa Christmas from Jet Magazine!

Long before FOX News host Megyn Kelly declared it a “historical fact” that Santa Claus was a Caucasian man, Jet magazine was running an annual black Santa cover, featuring noted music and comedy celebrities. Here are 10 of our favorites, with cover appearances by Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Sherman Hemsley, Esther Rolle, Richard Pryor, and […]

Underground Newspapers: Helix (Seattle)

Underground Newspapers: Helix (Seattle)

Seattle’s first underground newspaper, the Helix, was published bi-weekly (and sometimes weekly) from 1967-70. The paper’s editor and driving force was Paul Dorpat. Much of the visual voice of the paper was created by Walt Crowley, who illustrated many covers and comics. The selection of covers here comes from the Independent Voices collection. They have […]

Comic Book Covers from the Digital Comic Museum

Comic Book Covers from the Digital Comic Museum

The Digital Comic Museum is an invaluable online resource that features over 15,000 full-issue scans of comic books from the 1940s and 50s. The scans are uploaded by a wide variety of contributors, and although the quality varies, most are clean and true to the originals (i.e., not too much touch-up). There’s a giant array of […]

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