Mark Burstein - Dave Sheridan (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 1:00pm

Marin-based Dave Sheridan was one of the most talented illustrators and humorous storytellers in the underground comix pantheon, creating iconic characters such as Dealer McDope and The Leather Nun, and collaborating on half of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers stories. Sadly, he passed away at the age of 38, in 1982, leaving behind a legacy that has since passed into comix legend. His work has now for the first time been collected—and superbly reproduced from the original art—in the deluxe Dave Sheridan: Life with Dealer McDope, The Leather Nun, and the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers from Fantagraphics Underground.

Introduced by Gilbert Shelton, the book includes biographical and anecdotal reminiscences from his family, friends, and collaborators, e.g., his widow, Dava Sheridan; collaborators Fred Schrier, Pat Ryan, and Paul Mavrides; publishers Ron Turner of Last Gasp and Fred and Kathe Todd of Rip Off Press; and a lavish cornucopia of his other work: magazine illustrations, advertisements, record covers, beer and cannabis labels, cards, paintings, sketches, and cartoons.

The arc of the tragically short but creatively brilliant life of Dave Sheridan is simple: born in 1943, raised in Cleveland, graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art, moved to San Anselmo with Fred Schrier in the late Sixties, and died suddenly, from cancer, in 1982. Yet in that brief time he managed to create some of the most significant and iconic characters in underground comix; mind-bending, hysterically funny yet profound stories in comix such as Mother’s Oats, The Balloon Vendor, Time Twisted Tales, and Meef; not to mention helping take the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers to new pinnacles of graphic lunacy, collaborating with Gilbert Shelton on forty-five stories, including such classics as “Grass Roots,” “A Mexican Odyssey,” and “Winter of ’59,” which appeared in riotous color in Playboy.

This book is intended as a long-overdue tribute to one of the true masters of the art movement known as “underground comix.” Sheridan’s writing and plotting are outstanding, and few artists in (or out of) the medium we call cartooning are as capable of rendering such intricately detailed, (sur)realistic, humorously “kozmik” scenes as he was.

Mark Burstein is a book editor and writer, e.g., Alice in Comicland, Much Ado: The POGOfenokee Trivia Book, The Annotated Alice: 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, a noted Lewis Carroll scholar, and a known authority on American comic strips, particularly Pogo, and underground comix.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Dave Sheridan: Life with Dealer McDope, the Leather Nun, and the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers Cover Image
By Mark Burstein (Editor), Dave Sheridan, Tom Pope (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781683961208
Availability: Backordered
Published: Fantagraphics-Fu - April 3rd, 2018

Dave Sheridan collects the best of the legendary underground cartoonist's tripped-out comic strip hilarity. It includes Sheridan's solo comics, many reprinted for the very first time, and his collaborations with Fred Schrier and Gilbert Shelton (who writes the foreword), along with his record covers, beer labels, and advertisements for more...cough, products.