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painter , comics artist

Frank Huntington Stack, American painter, retired art educator. Recipient Research Grants, University Missouri Research Council, Columbia, 1969, 85, 93, 98, Governor's Arts awards Artist of Year Missouri Arts Council, St. Louis, 1986.


Stack, Frank Huntington was born on October 31, 1937 in Houston, Texas, United States. Son of Maurice Z. and Norma Rose (Huntington) Stack.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, University Texas, 1959. Postgraduate, School Art Institute Chicago, 1961. Master of Arts, University Wyoming, 1963.


Working under the name Foolbert Sturgeon to avoid persecution for his work while living in the bible belt, Stack published what is considered by many to be the first underground comic book, The Adventures of Jesus, in 1962. He was editor of the Texas Ranger student humor magazine from 1958 to 1959. He was also a Professor of Art at the University of Missouri, and did stints teaching at Appalachian State and Virginia Tech.

His technique of creating etchings on-site was featured in American Artist magazine. In addition to publishing several articles in The Comics Journal, he has contributed comics to Zero Zero, Blab!, Snarf, and Rip Off Comix anthologies. In 1972 Stack contributed to The Rip Off Review of Western Culture with "Jesus Goes To The Faculty Party".


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  • Other Work

    • Artist, author: (cartoons) The New Adventures of Jesus, 1963-1995, The New Adventures of Jesus: The Second Coming, 2007, (book of cartoons) Dorman's Doggie, 1990, Les Novvelle Aventures De Jesus (French Translation), 2008. Illustrator artist: (graphic novel) Our Cancer Year, 1994 (Best Graphic Novel Harvey award 1995), Naked Glory: erotic art of Frank Stack. 1997, The Bard Must Die (Harvey award Best Graphics Story, 1995).

      Artist traveling exhibit Watercolors by Frank Stack, 1977-1979. Editor: (collection of comic strips) Alley Oop, 3 vols. 1946-1947, 47-48, 48-49, 1990, 93, 95 (nominated Best Reprint 1991, 94, 96), Alley Oop magazine, since 1997.

      Member dv. Board Journal Cartoon and Comic Art, since 1984. Contributing writer The Comics Journal, since 1989.

      Author: (novels) Les Aventures de Jesus, 2008.


Member museum review board University Missouri, Nouvelles 4 Campus Systems, Columbia, 1989. Member Kansas Watercolor Society (awards 1992, 96), Columbia Art League (advisory board 1978-1982), Missouri Watercolor Society (award 2003).


  • Other Interests

    Historical research, art history, newspaper comics of 1930's and 40's, collector of master prints.


Married Mildred Roberta Powell, June 12, 1959. Children: Joan Elaine, Robert Huntington.

Maurice Z. Stack

Norma Rose (Huntington) Stack

Mildred Roberta Powell

Joan Elaine Stack

Robert Huntington Stack