This comic book marked the only time in American history that an artist was convicted on obscenity charges. This is a real piece of 1st amendment history
And cherry on the top, this particular copie belonged to Martin Ain of Celtic Frost.
The infamous final issue of Largo, FL underground cartoonist Michael C. Diana’s comics zine, the seizure of which caused him to become the first artist to receive a criminal conviction for obscenity in artwork in the United States. Diana began publishing Boiled Angel late in 1988, producing just 65 copies of the first issue; by the time he printed issue #2, the demand by readers who had read reviews in publications like ‘Fact Sheet Five’ raised the print run to roughly 300 copies.
Circulation stayed at about that number, as the subject matter wasn’t such that it would appeal to a very large audience. The contents of Boiled Angel were of such a disturbing nature that it would cause even enthusiasts of S. Clay Wilson’s artwork to flinch: cannibalism, torture, rape, mutilation, murder, scatological themes, and blatantly anti-Catholic. Boiled Angel #Ate went so far as to feature a lengthy interview with serial killer Ottis Elwood Toole, who claimed to have murdered and canibalized more than 100 victims, among them Adam Walsh (son of John Walsh, of America’s Most Wanted). Diana unknowingly sold a Pinnellas County police officer copies of Boiled Angel #7 and #Ate, and after the zines landed in the hands of Assistant State Attorney Stuart Baggish, Diana was arrested, jailed, and charged with publishing, advertising, and selling obscene material. Though Diana was extensively aided by non-profit First Ammendment organization 'The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund,’ he was found guilty at trial in 1994. He was sentenced to 3 years of supervised probation, a $3000 fine, 1248 hours of community service, ordered not to have contact with minors, and forced to pay for a state-supervised psychiatric evaluation at his own expense.