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Gary Edson Arlington

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Gary Edson Arlington (October 7, 1938 – January 16, 2014) was an American retailer, artist, editor, and publisher, who became a key figure in the underground comix movement of the 1960s and 1970s.[1] As owner of America’s first comic book store, the San Francisco Comic Book Company, located in San Francisco’s Mission District, Arlington’s establishment became a focal point for the Bay Area‘s underground artists. He published comics under the name San Francisco Comic Book Company, as well as publishing and distributing comics under the name Eric Fromm (not connected to the German critical theorist). Cartoonist Robert Crumb has noted, “Gary made a cultural contribution in San Francisco in the late ’60s, through the ’70s, ’80s & ’90s that was more significant than he realizes.

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