A true first edition, Charles Plymell-printed copy of Zap Comix No. 1 with an intriguing color misprint on the front cover - the second printed color of yellow does not appear, making for a stark blue, black and white cover.
In a 1997 article Zap Comix's First Printer on R. Crumb: Curled in Character, Plymell speaks of the many mechanical problems surrounding the printing of the issue on a Multilith 1250 printer. The cover stock had to be run through the press several times for each color and "I ran some trial pages with black only" and "every 10 or so copies, the lines would jump out of register a little....The technical problems were endless." These technical issues could explain a copy sneaking through with no yellow ink.
Credited as the first underground comic presented in book form, Zap Comix No. 1 is the "Twentysix Gasoline Stations" (Ruscha) of comic books. A very rare and sought after iconic work of comic book history, and even rarer as a misprint. Item #48.
Condition: Very Good, toning to interior newsprint pages, slight waves or wrinkles to fore edges from possible humidity, light soiling to cover, otherwise a very clean copy.