Frank Stack’s The Adventures of Jesus was one of the first underground comics, rattling hard against the middle-American values that the movement’s artists felt so compelled to disrupt.
This is a biting satire of the second coming. Jesus fulfills his promise to return to Earth to punish sinners and reward the good, but there’s little fanfare on his arrival and Jesus starts to worry that the late 20th century might have been leaving his triumphant return a little too late.
Collected for the first time in 40 years, these strips were originally published as photocopies by Gilbert Shelton, who went on to create the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. Shelton provides a preface to this edition, alongside Robert Crumb’s introduction and some all-new work by Stack himself.