“I did the most vile comics I could possibly think of, because I thought that’s what underground comics were all about.”
– Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Art Spiegelman explains to The Economist how that whole “decapitated man getting f*cked in the neck” image came about in the ’60s; it actually got him banned from Robert Crumb’s house because it disturbed his wife so much. Spiegelman won the Pulitzer in 1992 for Maus, an unconventional Holocaust memoir (he hates the term “graphic novel”) that cast the Nazis as cats and Jews as mice. He also designed this iconic post-9/11 cover for the New Yorker; it’s one of our personal favorites and was named one of the top 40 covers of the past 40 years by the Magazine Publishers of America. Learn more about his earlier work in his most recent book, Breakdowns: A Portrait of the Artist as Young %@&*!