Grateful Dead Origins: Deluxe Edition

Author: Chris Miskiewicz

Illustrator: Noah Van Sciver

Publication date: 2020

Z2 Comics

A deluxe edition of the graphic biography (described as a graphic novel) that charts the history of the band from 1965 to 1969. This edition is larger format than the standard edition and is accompanied by an LP of previously unreleased Grateful Dead music from 1968.

Publisher information

"Grateful Dead Origins takes an in depth and personal look at the formation of one of the most important American rock bands of all time, exploring the early days of Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Pigpen, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. The story of the band's transformation from a bar band performing as the Warlocks to becoming the creators of their own sound and forefathers for the jamband culture is depicted in the original story written by Chris Miskiewicz and illustrated by Noah Van Sciver."
Accompanying LP: August 21, 1968, Fillmore West, San Francisco


  • Dark Star
  • St. Stephen
  • The Eleven
  • Death Don't Have No Mercy

  • Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
  • Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
  • Pigpen (Ron McKernan) - keyboard, vocals, harmonica
  • Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
  • Bill Kreutzmann - percussion
  • Mickey Hart - percussion
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