ART SPIEGELMAN
Raw Vol.1
New York: Pantheon Books, 1991.
Proof copy.
Inscribed to Ron Kolm with a drawing by Spiegelman.

In the early 1980s, Spiegelman and his wife, Francoise Mouly, began to produce a comics magazine called Raw that highlighted new cartooning. Rising from the ashes of Arcade, an anthology comic Spiegelman co-edited with Zippy creator Bill Griffith, this adventurous magazine pushed the limits of traditional cartooning in quality, subject matter, and style of narrative. A brilliant marriage of the remnants of the underground comics scene of the 1960's and early 70's, European artists never before translated and pubished in the US, and upcoming native talent, Raw sought to move comic art beyond the cliches of adolescent superheroes. As much as its challenging content, the large format of the original eight issues made Raw stand out, head and shoulders above the crowd. Spiegelman's Maus was published serially in Raw before it appeared as a separate work.