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Some local authorities have decided that the underground comics are indeed the threat to puritanical American values which the cartoonists want them to be. On the East Coast, Zap Comix #4 was the subject of a sting operation by the so-called Morals Squad in New York. The case was assigned to Judge Joel Tyler, former Commissioner of Licenses who previously issued the ruling that labelled the movie Deep Throat obscene (thus, making it famous). At trial, Kirkpatrick and Dargis were represented by Robert Levine and Stephen Rohde, who argued that Zap Comics #4 had redeeming social value and thus could not be declared obscene under the law. Q: So, it would seem to me, on the sliding scale of yours, that Archie would arouse more interest of the sex appeal than Zap No.4, is that correct?
McCoy took the stand and denied that he was in the bookstore on August 25, 1969, or that he sold the copy to Patrolman Megna.
Dargis testified that while he ordered 200 copies of Zap #4, he had never read or discussed the comic.
Kirkpatrick testified that he performed the office work, billing invoices, accounting, reorders, and sold in the store and that he had personally sold 25 to 30 copies of Zap #4.
However, the Court found Kirkpatrick and Dargis guilty as charged beyond a reasonable doubt.
It is material utterly unredeemed and unredeemable, save, perhaps, only by the quality of the paper upon which it is printed. I disagree that the defendants cannot be presumed, to know, in general, the contents and character of the material they offer to sell and sell.  .
In the final analysis, the Court must be the expert in assessing what is the dominant theme, prurient interest, community standards, any redeeming social value, and the like…. Kirkpatrick and Dargis were fined $500, and if the fine was not paid, ordered to serve 90 days in jail. After the decision, the owner of the New Yorker Bookstore, Pete Martin was incensed and told the Village Voice that he would help his employe appeal the conviction. Before discussing the appeal, I should note that when Judge Tyler retired, he said, referring to the Deep Throat decision, “If I were to write that appendix today, I would be deemed a fool, given the substantial change in our outlook.” Given the recognition of Crumb, Pekar, and many other underground creators, I think he would agree that the statement would equally apply to the Zap Comix decision.
Notably, the [Supreme Court] recognized that any obscenity statute applicable to a bookseller will induce some tendency to self-censorship, but also indicated that the decision did not require meeting the problem. In short, the majority upheld the constitutionality of a statutory presumption that the seller of obscene materials knows the contents of that material and also held that there was sufficient independent evidence of scienter to support the conviction. Despite the indisputable fact that there was not a word of testimony or evidence presented during the People’s case that either defendant knew the content or nature of Zap No. In short, implicit both in the court’s conduct of the trial and in its treatment of the case is a determination that, absent reliance upon the presumption, the proof offered did not establish that the defendants knew the allegedly obscene nature of the material.
A statutory presumption violates due process, the Supreme Court has held, if there is “no rational connection between the fact proved and the ultimate fact presumed, if the inference of the one from proof of the other is arbitrary because of lack of connection between the two in common experience. However, even if the statutory presumption were able to withstand an attack based on due process grounds, I would be impelled to stamp it unconstitutional as an infringement on the freedom of expression guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Although the State may generally regulate the allocation of the burden of proof through legislation, it is clear that a statute may not, where the First Amendment is involved, declare a person presumptively guilty of a crime or presume that he has committed one of its material elements. After yet another loss, Kirkpatrick and Dargis applied to the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari. Of course, the effect of the Supreme Court’s action in Kirkpatrick has been hotly debated.
By 1973, underground artists saw their ideology based on the belief in autonomous self-expression and the view of comic art as more than just commercial product confirmed in the booming underground market. In early 1969 Zap Comix #4 appeared, containing a story called “Joe Blow,” a satire on the nuclear family that contained multiple and graphically depicted acts of incest and was meant to push the boundaries of the law.
Even as artists and fans were celebrating their art form at Berkeleycon, the storm clouds were gathering. The current state of the issue has been summarized by James McWilliams, a contributing writer for the First Amendment Center. Of course, the Kirkpatrick decision is a tragedy, but it is also stands as stark reminder as to why comic creators and dealers must remain vigilant. Please help support CBLDF’s important First Amendment work and reporting on issues such as this by making a donation or becoming a member of the CBLDF! Joe Sergi is a life-long comics fan and author who has written short stories, novels, comics, and articles in the horror, science fiction, super hero, and young adult genres.


If you can't find the clipart your looking for then please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will gladly help. In short, the Comics Code stifled artistic creativity in the mainstream comic book industry. The book had a false start when the original publisher of the work reportedly left the country with Crumb’s artwork. Contrary to a popular myth, Robert Crumb never stood at the corner of Haight and Ashbury, huckstering Zap Comix that day, or ever.
And while there were others before it (such as Jack Jackson’s God Nose, Das Kampf, Robert Ronnie Branaman, Bacchanal, The Adventures of Jesus, and Lenny of Laredo), Zap Comix is frequently considered to be the true beginning of the popular underground comix movement. In the Third Eye bookstore case, a judge in Division 21 of the county court ruled that the strip which allegedly made Zap No.2 obscene . On August 25, 1969, Patrolman Megna, an undercover policeman from the Morals Squad, walked by the East Side Bookstore and saw a showcase in front of the sales counter with copies of Zap Comix #4. The police also arrested the owner of the New Yorker Book Store, Pete Martin and the owner of the East Side Bookstore, James Rose but the charges against Martin and Rose were dropped. The people of New York were represented by Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Richard Beckler, who had a unique trial strategy. To prove its case, the defense relied on the testimony of four expert witnesses.  First, Gil Kane, a mainstream DC Comics artist, expressed his admiration of Crumb and compared his work to that of an expressionist painter. The Court also took notice that McCoy had long straight hair and is 5 feet 8? inches tall, in contradiction to the arrest warrant, which describes the person who sold Zap #4 to Officer Megna as having curly hair and being 6 feet 1 inch tall. Kirkpatrick also said that had never read Zap Comix #4, and he confirmed that, like the East Side Bookstore, the sales from underground comix represented less than a fraction of 1% of total sales. The presumption is not conclusive; “it gives him every opportunity to rebut the presumption * * * merely calling upon him to explain * * *.
Merely because the magazine in question does not appeal to the prurient interest of the sophisticated or other small group of intellectuals does not remove it from the prohibition [against obscenity]. The Appellate Term affirmed the lower court’s decision, so they again appealed by leave of an Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, the highest state court level in New York. Most of this court agrees with the courts below that the material sold was obscene, and its nature was discussed by the trial court in its elaborate opinion determining the case. The importance of the expressed restraint is of course that otherwise any effective control of obscenity would become impossible. First, the dissenters did not agree that the trial court found actual knowledge of the contents of the magazine. 4, the trial judge, after the prosecution rested, reserved decision on the defense motion to dismiss on the ground that evidence of scienter was lacking. This being so, our court may not make a new finding of fact even though we were to assume that the trial judge could have made such a finding.
The presumption violates that amendment because it creates and occasions a system of “self-censorship” on the part of booksellers which affects the sale and distribution of all books — those that are constitutionally protected as well as those that are obscene. Freedom of speech is too important a right to allow it to be seriously impeded or impaired by a presumption. The Supreme Court dismissed the petition for want of substantial federal question without opinion. This dismissal, in its procedural context, was equivalent to an adjudication of the federal issue on its merits. One year later, Kirkpatrick and Peter Dargis, the vendor at East Side Book Store, were convicted of selling obscene material in the form of the very same comic book. Unfortunately that same year the underground market crashed as a number of factors undermined what seemed like an all unstoppable boom. It pushed too far, and many retailers were busted for obscenity for stocking the offensive material. 4 has been sold in New York City with no criminal repercussions, according to David Jay Gabriel, executive director of the New York City Comic Book Museum. He most recent books are the graphic novel Great Zombies in History from McFarland Press and the young adult novel Sky Girl and the Superheroic Adventures from Martin Sister Publishing.
In response, several creators, inspired by the horror comics produced by EC that had borne the brunt of the public backlash, started what would be known as the underground comix movement.
As the Court stated, “The People introduced no evidence, whatsoever, as to the character or contents of Zap No. It has gone substantially beyond “the present critical point in the compromise between candor and shame at which the community may have arrived here and now” It is a part of the underworld press — the growing world of deceit in sex and it is not reality or honesty, as they often claim it to be. To do so would permit the substitution of defendants’ sophisticated and intellectual experts for those of the average person in the contemporary community. What remains at issue, with disagreement in this court, is whether the record contained sufficient evidence to establish that the booksellers knew of the obscene contents and by way of alternative ratio decidendi whether the statutory presumption that a seller of obscene materials knows the contents of what he sells is valid. The “hardcore” obscenity to which modern efforts are directed is largely of the kind where the authors and publishers are or would be largely anonymous or disguised.
This ruling demonstrates that the judge necessarily relied on the statutory presumption of knowledge; had he not done so, he would, of course, have granted the motion.
However, many courts that have found the dismissal of the appeal in Kirkpatrick ambiguous or inconclusive on the issue of the constitutionality of the presumption challenged. Immediately, this judgment became precedent and transformed everyone who sold underground comics into targets for the authorities.  It simultaneously dissuaded publishers and bookstores from lodging complaints based on the First Amendment.
The first major factor was the suppression of underground comix through government censorship.
Just a month before Berkeleycon, the New York Court of Appeals upheld the obscenity conviction of Charles Kirkpatrick for selling Zap #4.
The artists behind the comic have claimed that it critiques serious sexual and cultural issues, and much of the national reading public has apparently rendered a de facto verdict that Zap No. However, things would hopefully be different if this case were to arise today, in part because of the work done by CBLDF.
When not writing, he works as a Senior Litigation Counsel in an unnamed US government agency. On August 25 and again on September 17, 1969, Officer Megna made similar purchases from Peter Kirkpatrick, a 23-year-old bookshop manager who was behind the counter at the New Yorker Bookstore.
A “day sheet,” was put into evidence, showing those employees working each day that stated McCoy did not work that day. It represents an emotional incapacity to view sex as a basis for establishing genuine human relationships, or as a normal part of human condition.


Is it farfetched, as defendants maintain, to presume that a bookseller or magazine vendor who sells obscene material in the course of his business knows something of its contents and character? The burden of proof upon the entire case, the duty of establishing guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, remains as ever with the prosecution. It is at some point of distribution that the offense may be uncovered and only sometimes worked backward to the makers of the contraband.
In any event, after decision on their motion had been reserved, the defendants took the stand quite obviously to attempt to rebut that presumption. Through an irony in the system, the head shops that gave in to this intimidation and ceased to sell comix and other publication deemed obscene could continue to sell the necessary material for drug consumption without bother.
The general breaking of previous boundaries on sexually explicit material accompanying the counterculture rumblings of the 1960s reignited general fears of a rising demand for obscenity in the United States. This encouraged more vigorous prosecution of head shops and record stores selling underground comix.
4 and similar books — although often gruesome — do have serious value in debates on those issues. Brownstein stated, “The [CBLDF] matters because comics matter, the people who make them matter, and the people who read them matter. The books focused on 1960s counterculture subjects like recreational drug use, politics, rock music, and free love.
Of course, this quality time consisted of an incestual orgy (with the motto “the family that lays together, stays together”), thus providing a unique commentary on the hypocrisy of America.
Also on September 17, Menga purchased a copy of the Zap Comix #4 from Peter Dargis at the East Side Bookstore and “observed numerous copies” of that magazine in a glass case. Fourth, Sidney Jacobson, an editor at children’s publisher Harvey Publications, argued that underground comix should be respected as a medium to express adult stories and adult situations. I believe not, and to maintain such a position is to divorce oneself from the realities of “life’s experience.” “No corner hardware merchant would long prosper,” remarks Richard H. In any event, so long as the Supreme Court has not viewed obscenity as beyond legislative control, it behooves the courts to sustain rational efforts at control and not, indirectly on attenuated constitutional speculations, to overthrow serially every restrained effort at control. Underground comix quickly led to authorities seizing comix and busting individuals involved in selling or publishing comix. That de facto verdict has come in the form of exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art displaying the work of Zap No. There’s still a double standard that comics aren’t entitled to the same rights as other media, and that’s simply not the case. Almost immediately, Zap Comix #4 was targeted by a law enforcement in effort to remove it from circulation. Benjamin Spock characterizes as “shock-obscenity,” representing a brutalizing trend in our society. Since the attack on the validity of the presumption rests in part on the probabilities of knowledge by the booksellers of what kind of material they were selling, it necessarily follows that the probabilities supporting the validity of the presumption, the failure to rebut it successfully, and the inference of knowledge overlap. So long as obscenity measures are restricted to the type of material now involved, the social redeeming value qualification retained, and only rebuttable presumptions based on rational connection or probabilities are utilized, the risk to constitutionally protected speech or press is invisible.
It is most unlikely that a bookseller — especially in a store such as those in which the defendants were employed — would have knowledge of the content of the publications being offered for sale. For if the bookseller is criminally liable without knowledge of the contents, and the ordinance fulfills its purpose, he will tend to restrict the books he sells to those he has inspected; and thus the State will have imposed a restriction upon the distribution of constitutionally protected as well as obscene literature. The development of understanding of, or making proper comment about, sex is vitiated by its graphic and venal exploitation of sexuality. Accordingly, our presumption cannot operate against a private individual who sells or lends or delivers, etc.
He’s been mugged and fingerprinted, and if he ever applies for a fellowship or something, this will be held against him, just because he sold a comic book.
Only two salesmen in New York City, Charles Kirkpatrick and Peter Dargis, were convicted for selling comix. If the contents of bookshops and periodical stands were restricted to material of which their proprietors had made an inspection, they might be depleted indeed.
No Wall Street broker could succeed, ignorant of fluctuations in the securities he marketed. The bookseller’s limitation in the amount of reading material with which he could familiarize himself, and his timidity in the face of his absolute criminal liability, thus would tend to restrict the public’s access to forms of the printed word which the State could not constitutionally suppress directly. Similarly, honest book and magazine dealers have some general knowledge of the character of the wares they order, put on their shelves, sometimes display, and ultimately hope to sell.”  .
Reason and experience tell us that it would be impossible for a bookseller in either store to acquaint himself with the content and character of so large a number of titles.
The bookseller’s self-censorship, compelled by the State, would be a censorship affecting the whole public, hardly less virulent for being privately administered. In a landmark case, the Supreme Court in 1973 introduced the “community standard” doctrine, whereby local communities were given greater power to decide what was obscene and what was not obscene.
The Phoenix Gallery (also in Berkeley), after developing an art show featuring the work of numerous underground cartoonists, was busted for displaying obscene materials. Perhaps that type of obscenity contains its own antidote and eventually becomes a repetitious bore — but, unfortunately by that time it has rendered its victims shock-proof, jaded and permissive to the point of indifference toward moral values and tolerable behavior.
In any event, it may not be said with “substantial assurance” — as required by the cases — that such booksellers may be “presumed” to know the content and character of a publication merely upon proof that they sold it.
This significantly empowered local authorities fighting against obscene material and dealt a terrible blow to the underground comix market. In Encino, California, an employee of the Third Eye bookstore was arrested for selling Zap Comix No. The material must fail by any legal test yet announced, including [the New York obscenity law], and stands condemned as a violator of that law. After issue #6, Zap appeared more infrequently, yearly for a time and then with years between Issues.



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