FRANK STACK (1938-), a.k.a. FOOLBERT
is something of a schizophrenic artist.
Part of him is
an accomplished fine arts academic, while the
half is a disreputable underground cartoonist.
start with the respectable part. Stack was born in
Houston TX and educated at the University of
at Austin, earning a bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
also studied at the Art Institute in
and obtained his Master of Art at the University
Wyoming. He did further study at the Academie
Chaumiere in Paris. A longtime Professor
at the University of Missouri in Columbia,
has taught courses as diverse as painting,
drawing, anatomical drawing, etching, lithography,
comic strip and art appreciation.
He has achieved several
academic awards and recognition, including Artist
Residencies at the Appalachian State
University in North Carolina, Shepherd
College in West Virginia and Virginia
Polytechnic University. Selected to be among
Who in American Art and in the current Who's
in America, Stack has received several
research fellowships and has studied in New Mexico
Paris. His work has been exhibited in the United
States, France, Italy, Poland, South Korea,
Switzerland and Turkey.
One of the earliest of the
"underground" cartoonists, he didn't want to
jeopardize his chance at tenure and financial
security, particularly since he taught in the
Belt and his cartoons were often sacrilegious,
other political offenses. So for many years he
his cartoons under the unlikely nom de plume
of Foolbert Sturgeon. His early comix work
included The Adventures of Jesus(1962),
Amazon Comics(1972), Dorman's
(1972), The New Adventures of Jesus(1969), Jesus Meets the Armed Services[#2](1972) and Jesus Comics #3.
Stack also contributed to such anthologies as Blab!,
Hydrogen Bomb Funnies, Radical
Komiks, Rip Off Comix, Rip Off
Review of Western Culture and Snarf.
Some, including his old Texas friend Gilbert
Shelton, regard Stack's Adventures of
in 1962 to be the very first underground
comic, though it was a 14-page Xerox zine
only among a small group of friends and never
for sale. Nonetheless, Stack's status as one of
pioneer underground cartoonists is unquestioned.
Stack also edited and
introductory material to several volumes of V.T.
Oop collections (Kitchen Sink
and has contributed to National Lampoon
These days Stack spends much of
time in France, painting and hanging out with
expatriate American underground cartoonists Shelton,
R. Crumb and Peter Poplaski
ART web gallery offers primarilyoriginal
cartoon art by Frank Stack since
underground comix is an area of our
However we can also privately offer wonderful
watercolor paintings from the other side of Frank
Stack as well. Please inquire by e-mail if the
are of interest to you.