Hand on the Doorknob: A Charles Plymell Reader. Charles PLYMELL.
Hand on the Doorknob: A Charles Plymell Reader.
Hand on the Doorknob: A Charles Plymell Reader.
Hand on the Doorknob: A Charles Plymell Reader.
Hand on the Doorknob: A Charles Plymell Reader.
Hand on the Doorknob: A Charles Plymell Reader.

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Hand on the Doorknob: A Charles Plymell Reader.

Sudbury, Mass.: Water Row Press, 2000. First edition. 8vo. Wrps., 200pp. + bibliography. Illustrated. Fine.

SIGNED by the author in silver ink on the front cover, and boldly inscribed by him in black ink on three edges to S. Clay Wilson - "For S. Clay Wilson and the Checkered Demon May They Always Flourish" - and again on the half-title page: "This copy for S. Clay Wilson Like the Bo'Weevil jus' lookin' for a home. Charles Plymell".

An added speech bubble in gold ink on the front cover reads "Hey Brother Kaw", probably a reference to the Kaw Nation, a Native American tribe local to parts of Kansas and Oklahoma, or perhaps to The Kaw Valley Hemp Pickers Association, a collection of hemp harvesting farm kids, university hangers-on, bikers, and middle class dropouts in Lawrence, Kansas, that Wilson hung out with before his move to San Francisco, and where Plymell, who grew up in Kansas, first published a portfolio of his artwork.

The book contains a selection of Plymell's best poetry and prose, and includes his 9pp. essay, "Curled in Character, R. Crumb and the First Zap", recalling his influential involvement in printing and designing Zap Comix. References to Wilson recur in this and other essays, as well as the author's preface. Other reminiscences feature William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady, as well as the author's experiences with acid.

A nice association copy, as Plymell published Wilson in Zap Comix #2 in August 1968, which saw the comix debut of The Checkered Demon, his most famous character.

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