The on-sale date is the publication date in U. S. Copyright Office filings.
According to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund website, Zap Comix #4 was successfully prosecuted for obscenity in the case of the People of New York v. Kirkpatrick. The ruling was issued on October 28, 1970. It was upheld on appeal. The determination of obscenity was effectively vacated in 1973 with the U. S. Supreme Court ruling in Miller v. California, which established new legal guidelines for communities.
Early printings by Print Mint. Later printings by Last Gasp with the Apex Novelty logo on front cover.
Underground Comix are known for using different prices, covers (art or color variations) and/or interior content to distinguish between printings.
1st print has 0.50 USD cover. Has heavy stock cover.
2nd print has 0.50 USD cover. Has lighter cover stock, no copyright on inside front cover.
3rd print has 0.50 USD cover. Has 1969 copyright on inside front cover.
4th print has 0.75 USD cover. 5th print has 1.00 USD cover. 6th print has 2.00 USD cover.
7th print has 2.50 USD cover (published by Last Gasp). 8th print has 2.95 cover.
9th print has 3.95 USD cover (not listed in Fogel's guide). 10th print has 4.95 USD cover.
This issue has variants:
- Parts of this issue are reprinted: