Dan Fogel was born in San Francisco in 1965, and having spent his formative years throughout that fabled city's Psychedelic Era, was destined to become recognized worldwide as his generation's leading authority and historian of Counter-Culture, Underground, Alternative, and Adult comic books.
Fogel's been a creative force in Comix since 1989, as writer, editor, and eventually publisher of the best-selling Adult/Underground Comix line of the 1980s and 1990s: Larry Welz's Cherry Poptart and its successful spin-off titles. His credits for the publishers Last Gasp, Slave Labor, Kitchen Sink, Tundra, Yendie Boox, and Cherry Comics include multiple printings and foreign translations of: Cherry #'s 1-3, 5, 10, 12-15, 19, 20, Cherry's Jubilee #'s 1-4, the Cherry Collection trade paperbacks Vols. 3-4, Cherry Mini #'s 1-2, One-Fisted Tales #3, Hot Works, and Cherry Deluxe #1 with Neil Gaiman and Marc Hempel.
Since 1998 he's co-created and/or published through his companies Fogelcomix and Hippy Comix, Inc.: UG!3K, an Underground Comix history and anthology featuring work by R. Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Vaughn Bode, and two dozen other top creators, the Underground classics S. Clay Wilson's Pork, Spain's Zodiac Mindwarp, and the Snatch Comics Treasury, the cutting-edge, controversial and satirical Kieron Dwyer's Lowest Comic Denominator #'s 0-3 and Fink!, the hardcore XXX Adult Star Stories: Felecia #1, Demi the Demoness #6, and Demi's Strange Bedfellows #2, and exclusive limited-edition prints by the legendary creator of Josie and the Pussycats and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Dan DeCarlo.
In 2006 Fogel wrote and published Fogel's Underground Comix Price Guide, the first new Underground comic book price guide in a quarter century. In 2007 Heritage Auctions licensed and released an updated digital edition. Fogel's Guide and 2010's Supplement are the industry standard and the indispensable resource for collectors, retailers, auctioneers, historians, investors, and fans.
Beyond the Independent and Small Press, Fogel's areas of expertise include the Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Ages to the present, Original Art, and Toys. A retailer for 34 years, he's personally graded, priced, and sold over 50,000 comics, and wholesaled at least as many. An Overstreet's Comic Book Price Guide Special Advisor since 1987, Fogel contributed to Comic Book Marketplace and the Official Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide, and is currently an Advisor/Consultant for Comicspriceguide.com and GPAnalysis.
Since 2007 Fogel has provided collectibles investment, PR/marketing and management consultation for such clients as Neat Stuff Collectibles, Nostalgic Investments, the Big Apple Comic-Con, and Big Wow! ComicFest. In 2009 he become the exclusive art agent for Dan O'Neill, Ted Richards, and Larry Todd of the notorious Air Pirates Studios, and in 2011 the literary and licensing agent for Dana Crumb Associates.