illustration
©1972 S. Clay Wilson

S. CLAY WILSON

One of the original infamous Zap cartoonists of the 1960s, S. Clay Wilson creates shocking, violent strips inhabited by pirates, dykes and demons. Robert Crumb cites him as a liberating influence on his own work. Wilson has illustrated the books of William S. Burroughs and created a volume of children’s fairy tales, Wilson’s Grimm (1999, Cottage Classics). “I always wanted to be a children’s book illustrator,” he says, “but I took some LSD and took a left turn graphically.” Wilson refers to his dense style as “graphic agoraphobia,” a fear of open space. The illustration reproduced in the first edition of Graphic Classics: H.P. Lovecraft was created in 1972 and originally appeared in Zap #7. Wilson says it represents “the monster of domestic strife entering my life in the guise of H.P. Lovecraft.”