The Print Mint Inc

1966 - 1978
Country:
United States
Indicia / Colophon Publishers:
4
Brand Groups:
1
Brand Emblems in Use:
2

Total Number of Series:
63
Total Number of Issues:
123
Show Covers by Month:
using on-sale date or using publication date
Notes:
Don and Alice Schenker started The Print Mint as a picture-framing shop and retailer of posters and fine art reproductions on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California, in December 1965. Schencker's first comics job was a reprint of Joel Beck's Lenny of Laredo, published by the Print Mint in April 1966.

Beginning in 1968 publishing and distribution of underground comics became The Print Mint's major endeavor. With their partners the Ritas, Don did the organizing, editing and layout of the books, working with the artists. Bob and Peggy Rita and Alice handled the distribution and the day-to-day operations of the business. Alice also oversaw the Berkeley store. The company's main office was located at 830 Folger Avenue in Berkeley.

The first comix Print Mint published was the (initially) weekly tabloid Yellow Dog, edited by Don Schencker. Eventually, the Print Mint published such underground comix notables as Robert Crumb, Trina Robbins, Rick Griffin, S. Clay Wilson, Victor Moscoso, Gilbert Shelton, Spain Rodriguez, and Robert Williams. Titles they published included Zap Comix, Junkwaffel, Bijou Funnies, and Moondog. In addition they published one of the first ecologically themed comics, The Dying Dolphin, a solo effort by rock poster artist Jim Evans with contributions by Ron Cobb and Rick Griffin.

As the first publisher to invest heavily in the underground comix movement (and its distribution), the Print Mint was instrumental in the form's popularity and widespread reach in the late 1960s and early 1970s. As they were growing the market and putting money in the hands of the cartoonists, however, their business practices were called into question by a number of the more popular artists. A few of those, including Gilbert Shelton and Frank Stack, broke off in early 1969 to form their own publisher, Rip Off Press, taking some of the more established cartoonists (like Crumb) with them. From that point on, the Print Mint focused more on bringing new talent into the burgeoning underground industry.
Series Year Issues Covers Published
(Not Only) The Best of Wonder Wart-Hog [m] 1973 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1973
All Girl Thrills [m] 1971 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [March] 1971
American Flyer Funnies [m] 1971 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1971
Arcade the Comics Revue [m] 1975 7 issues (7 indexed) Gallery Spring 1975 - Fall 1976
Bent [m] 1971 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [May] 1971
Bijou Funnies [m] 1969 4 issues (3 indexed) Gallery 1968 ? - 1970
Book of Raziel [m] 1969 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [December] 1969
The Captain [m] 1972 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1972
Captain Guts [m] 1969 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery 1969 - [March] 1971
The Collected Cheech Wizard [m] 1976 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1972 [circa late 1976]
Coochy Cooty Men's Comics [m] 1970 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [December] 1970
Despair [m] 1969 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1969
Deviant Slice Comics and Funnies and Stories, Etc. [m] 1972 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [March] 1972
Deviant Slice Comix [m] 1973 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [Mid to Late] 1973
The Dying Dolphin [m] 1970 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [July] 1970
El Perfecto Comics [m] 1973 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1973
Feds 'N' Heads Comics [m] 1969 2 issues (1 indexed) Have 3 (Need 1) 1968 - 1969
Girl Fight Comics [m] 1972 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery 1972 - [October] 1974
Googiewaumer Comics [m] 1969 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [February] 1969
Guano Comix [m] 1972 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1972
Heavy Tragicomix [m] 1969 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery February 1970
High-Flyin' Funnies Comix & Stories [m] 1970 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1970
Hit the Road [m] 1972 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery June 1972
The Human Drama [m] 1978 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1978
Illuminations [m] 1971 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1971
Insect Fear [m] 1970 3 issues (2 indexed) Gallery 1970 - Winter 1972
Junkwaffel [m] 1972 4 issues (4 indexed) Gallery [January] 1972 - [1976]
The Kingdom of Heaven Is Within You Comix [m] 1969 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery July 1969
Lemme Outa Here [m] 1978 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1978
Lenny of Laredo [m] 1966 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1966
Light Comitragies [m] 1971 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [June] 1971
The Man [m] 1972 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [June] 1972
Manhunt [m] 1973 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery July 1973
Mean Bitch Thrills [m] 1971 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [September] 1971
Meef Comix [m] 1972 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery 1972 - May 1973
Mom's Homemade Comics [m] 1969 2 issues (0 indexed) Have 2 (Need 1) [October] 1969 - [January] 1970
Moondog [m] 1969 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery 1969 [March 1970] - [January] 1973
Occult Laff-Parade [m] 1973 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery August 1973
Radical America [m] 1969 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1969
Real Pulp Comics [m] 1971 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery January 1971 - January 1973
Rubber Duck Tales [m] 1971 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery [March] 1971 - [November] 1972
San Francisco Comic Book [m] 1973 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [October] 1973
Savage Humor [m] 1973 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1973
Show + Tell [m] 1973 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [October] 1973
Snatch Comics [m] 1972 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery June 1972 - 1973
Softcore [m] 1973 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1973
Spaced Out [m] 1972 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [November] 1972
Sphinx [m] 1974 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery June 1973
Spiffy Stories [m] 1969 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1969
Suds [m] 1969 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1969
Tales from the Ozone [m] 1970 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [July] 1970
Tales from the Tube [m] 1973 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1973
Tales of Sex and Death [m] 1971 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery April 1971 - December 1975
Tales of Toad [m] 1970 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery [April] 1970 - [January] 1971
Truckin' [m] 1972 2 issues (2 indexed) Have 3 (Need 1) April 1972 - [March] 1974
Tuff Shit [m] 1972 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [March] 1972
Uneeda Comix [m] 1970 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [August] 1970
Yellow Dog [m] 1968 22 issues (20 indexed) Gallery 1968 - [Late] 1973
Young Lust [m] 1971 2 issues (2 indexed) Have 3 (Need 1) 1971 - February 1977
Young Lust [m] 1974 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [November] 1974
Zam-Zap Jam [m] 1974 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1974
Zap Comix [m] 1969 10 issues (10 indexed) Have 30 (Need 12) [February] 1969 - 1978
Κύκλωψ Comics [Kuklōps Comics] [m] 1969 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1969

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