Boiled Angel

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Boiled Angel
Publication information
PublisherMike Diana
FormatOngoing series
Creative team
Written byMike Diana, Paul Weinman, Gerard John Schaefer,[1] et al.
Artist(s)Mike Diana, Scott Cunningham, et al.

Boiled Angel was an early 1990s independent comic book created by Florida-based underground comic book artist Mike Diana. The comic contained graphic depictions of a variety of taboo and gory subject matters.[2][3] It effectively became the first comic book in the United States to cause its creator to be convicted for artistic obscenity.[4][5]

In a 1990 review, Mike Gunderloy of Factsheet Five called Boiled Angel "a prime candidate for banning in the 90s."[2] In 1993, a copy of Boiled Angel #8 (or "Ate") found its way into the hands of Florida Assistant State's Attorney Stuart Baggish. Diana was subsequently charged with several counts of obscenity and fought a long legal battle with the aid of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which he eventually lost. He was sentenced to community service and three years of supervised probation.[4]

The comic was referenced in the Venetian Snares song, Boiled Angel, which sampled his drunk friend talking about the comic.[6]


  1. ^ Schaefer, G. J. (1992) [1973], Diana, Mike (ed.), "Expecting Dinner", Boiled Angel, no. 7 Satanic Sex, Largo, FL: Mike Diana. Reprinted from Killer Fiction, Media Queen Ltd.
  2. ^ a b "Comics Reviews", Factsheet Five, no. 44, p. 74, August 1990, ISSN 0890-6823
  3. ^ Gunderloy, Mike; Goldberg Janice, Cari (1992), "Splatter, Death & Other Good News", The World of Zines, New York: Penguin Group, p. 141, ISBN 978-0-14-016720-7
  4. ^ a b Pangburn, DJ (July 11, 2017). "The Obscene Comic That Got Its Artist Thrown in Jail Is Back". Creators. Vice Media. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  5. ^ "Mike Diana".
  6. ^ Venetian Snares · Dublab Interview · 2019, retrieved 2023-05-17