(1938-), a.k.a. FOOLBERT STURGEON, is something of a schizophrenic
artist. Part of him is an accomplished fine arts academic, while
the other half is a disreputable underground cartoonist. We'll
start with the respectable part. Stack was born in Houston TX
and educated at the University of Texas at Austin, earning
a bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He also studied at the Art
Institute in Chicago and obtained his Master of Art at the
University of Wyoming. He did further study at the Academie
Grande Chaumiere in Paris. A longtime Professor at the University
of Missouri in Columbia, he has taught courses as diverse
as painting, watercolor, drawing, anatomical drawing, etching,
lithography, comic strip and art appreciation.
He has achieved several academic awards
and recognition, including Artist in Residencies at the
Appalachian State University in North Carolina, Shepherd
College in West Virginia and Virginia Polytechnic University.
Selected to be among Who's Who in American Art and in
the current Who's Who in America, Stack has received several
research fellowships and has studied in New Mexico and 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 Bible
Belt and his cartoons were often sacrilegious, among other political
offenses. So for many years he drew 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 Doggie
(1979), Feelgood Funnies (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
America 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 Jesus in 1962 to be the very first
underground comic, though it was a 14-page Xerox zine circulated
only among a small group of friends and never offered for sale.
Nonetheless, Stack's status as one of the pioneer underground
cartoonists is unquestioned.
Stack also edited and contributed introductory
material to several volumes of V.T. Alley Oop collections
Sink Press) and has contributed to National Lampoon
These days Stack spends much of his time
in France, painting and hanging out with other expatriate American
underground cartoonists Shelton, R.
Crumb and Peter
This web gallery offers primarily original
cartoon art by Frank Stack since underground comix is
an area of our specialization. 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 latter are of
interest to you.