God Nose

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God Nose
GodNose-cover.jpg
Cover of the first printing
Publication information
PublisherJack Jackson
FormatOne-shot
Publication date1964
No. of issues1
Main character(s)God, Jesus Christ
Creative team
Written byJaxon
Artist(s)Jaxon

God Nose is a 42-page American comic book produced in 1964 by Jack "Jaxon" Jackson and is considered one of the first underground comix.[1][2][3] God Nose centers on philosophical discussions between God and the "fools he rules."[4]

Plot[edit]

God Nose portrays God as an old man with a white beard and a crown, sitting on a golden throne in Heaven. He and Jesus discuss modern life, including such controversial topics as birth control and racism. At one point, Jesus returns to Earth to be a folk singer and to try out surfing. God also visits Earth, at one point materializing into the bedroom of a couple as they are about to make love.

Publication history[edit]

Jaxon's God Nose strip first appeared in the Florida college fanzine Charlatan, where it was published from 1963 to at least 1966.

In 1964, Jaxon collected a number of the previous strips, and printed 1,000 copies on a Xerox machine at the Texas State Capital print shop after hours.[5][6][7] The first printing of God Nose is 8-1/2" x 11" in size and 42 pages long.[8]

Rip Off Press, an underground publisher co-founded by Jaxon, did a second printing in 1969, with a revised cover lacking a cover price and with a pink border with red central color. The third printing, also by Rip Off Press, has a blue border with green central color and a 50c price below the basketball hoop. Rip Off Press did a fourth and final printing in 1971; it has a red border with yellow central color and a 50c cover price. The second-fourth printings are standard comic book size, 44 pages long.[8]

The entirety of God Nose was also reprinted as Underground Classics (Rip Off Press, 1985 series) #6 (1988).

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