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A Generation-Defining Saga Captured By Today’s Most Distinguished Historical Graphic Novelist

It’s with great honor and enthusiasm that we introduce you to the original art to Grateful Dead Origins by Noah Van Sciver.

Spanning 1964 through 1969, Van Sciver shows the story of the Grateful Dead’s beginnings, and in doing so provides a vibrant, bawdy, and visionary portrait of the sixties counterculture. In addition to bandmembers Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Pigpen, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart, you’ll encounter icons like Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, Count Basie, Janis Joplin, Bill Graham, Mountain Girl, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Brian Jones, Peter Tork, and even Ronald Reagan, all striving to assert their vision in the tumultuous culture of the times. Van Sciver’s art also portrays the lush, psychedelic landscape of San Francisco itself at a moment in time when the city was the epicenter of massive cultural change.

I was first drawn to Noah’s remarkable art through his historical graphic novels The Hypo, a dramatization of Abraham Lincoln’s battles with depression and Eugene V. Debs, a biography of the socialist labor activist. Those books showcase his talent for humanizing the subjects of American history, making figures we may see as lofty seem deeply relatable. This led to discovering Fante Bukowski, Noah’s acidly funny series of graphic novels about a struggling writer that lampoons the tropes of 20th Century literary culture. His most recent graphic novel, Joseph Smith & The Mormons goes deeper, interrogating a uniquely American approach to defining spirituality and community. In Grateful Dead Origins, he accesses all of these themes and more, providing a humane, electrifying, and compelling portrait of the great band and their era in a way that also speaks to our own.

~ Denis Kitchen

Noah Van Sciver Original Grateful Dead Art