Artist Justin Green

By Kevin Grace

In the past few weeks, the Archives & Rare Books Library has had some interesting visits from Justin Green, one of the pioneers of underground comics in the 1960s and 1970s.  Green is probably best known for his groundbreaking and controversial graphic novel, Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary, originally published in 1972 and re-issued in 2009 by McSweeney’s Books, one of the great innovative publishers in America.  In 2003, Last Gasp Press of San Francisco issued Justin’s incredible Musical Legends material that was first published in Pulse! Magazine.

Over the decades, Justin’s art has extended well beyond the heady days of the counterculture.  In recent years, he has created a wide range of notable watercolors and signage.  And, his blogs show his explorations into other areas of graphic illustration, such as his research in ARB in emblem books from the 15th to the 17th centuries.  His blog explains the importance of emblems in the history of book art and publishing: http://depression09.blogspot.com/2011/04/botanical-emblem-book.html and http://justingreencartoonart.blogspot.com/2011/02/forgotten-genre.html.

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