Now Zap Comics were anything but the mainstream back in the day, but they have, over time, entered the effluvial, miasmic flow of pop culture leavings that typify a certain moment, a certain groovy time in American cultural history.
So it is that I chanced upon this cover at the REMARKABLE site, The Golden Age Site.
It is classic R. Crumb fare, a cover for Zap #8, 1975, featuring a psychologically befuddled protagonist (he appears to have auto-trepanned his brain in order to ferret out some sort of existential conundrum), and some top shelf Crumb lines and colors. But what caught my eye in this issue, which I don’t own – one of the few – is the Mexican kid in the window looking to make a dime.
It’s not offensive, really, though the affected “Mexicanized” pidgin English might move one to think so at first – I was actually moved by it.