Working under the name Foolbert Sturgeon to avoid persecution for his work while living in the Bible Belt, he produced what is considered by many to be the first Underground comic book, The Adventures of Jesus, in 1962. His publisher for that historic and incendiary pamphlet? None other than Freak Brothers and Wonder Wart-Hog creator Gilbert Shelton, whose company Rip Off Press published, beginning in 1969, The New Adventures of Jesus and many other titles including Amazon Comics, Feelgood Funnies, Hydrogen Bomb Funnies, Rip Off Comix, The Rip Off Review of Western Culture, and Radical America Komiks. He has contributed stories to Harvey Pekar's American Splendor, Zero Zero, and Mineshaft, among many others. For Kitchen Sink Press he contributed to the anthologies Snarf and Blab!, and authored the collected edition of Dorman's Doggie, the world's most neurotic pooch! A longtime Professor at the University of Missouri in Columbia, he has taught courses as diverse as painting, watercolor, drawing, anatomical drawing, etching, lithography, and comic strip and art appreciation, earning several academic awards and fellowships. His work has been exhibited in the United States, Italy, Poland, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, and France. In 2011 he was recipient of the prestigious Inkpot Award at Comic-Con International: San Diego. He has recently illustrated the cover for Fogel's Underground Price & Grading Guide V.1 and his classic stories are available in a new edition titled The New Adventures of Jesus: The Second Coming http://www.fantagraphics.com/newadventuresofjesus/ .