A perennial classic, back in print! Back in print after a several year absence and with R. Crumb?s popularity higher than ever in the wake of the bestselling R. Crumb?s Genesis, this volume of The Complete Crumb Comics showcase several key years in Crumb?s career. Vol. 13 showcases the late 1970s, when Crumb?s character the Snoid first appeared. That Crumb creation is a devilish imp, all id and no conscience, that some say is an alter ego of ...
A perennial classic, back in print!
Back in print after a several year absence and with R. Crumb’s popularity higher than ever in the wake of the bestselling R. Crumb’s Genesis, this volume of The Complete Crumb Comics showcase several key years in Crumb’s career.
Vol. 13 showcases the late 1970s, when Crumb’s character the Snoid first appeared. That Crumb creation is a devilish imp, all id and no conscience, that some say is an alter ego of Crumb. Other highlights here include early collaborations with the late Harvey Pekar and a color section of covers Crumb drew for records by old-time blues and jazz musicians that beautifully convey his nostalgia for America’s musical past. It also includes one of Crumb’s most acclaimed works, “A Short History of America,” whose 12 panels chart the nation’s progress — or deterioration — from unspoiled pastoral landscape to a strip mall wasteland. Crumb’s brother Maxon, whom viewers of the documentary film Crumb will remember as an impecunious yogi who sleeps on a bed of nails, contributes an idiosyncratic introduction offering a unique perspective on Robert’s early years.
This important addition to the ongoing project to publish the complete works of America's best-known ``underground'' cartoonist collects comics from the early 1970s. It includes classic Crumb characters like Flakey Foont, Mr. Natural, ProJunior, the Snoid and Angel McFood. Crumb's work is characterized by all-out sex, and his various obsessions are on graphic display. The women are solidly built, their shoes lovingly rendered and his designs on them outrageously explicit. In one cartoon, a suburban father on vacation gives up civilization after he's captured by a hairy female mountain monster. In another, Crumb's sexual fantasies dominate a dreamily eroticized, torpid afternoon. One of the best stories presents the notorious cat Fritz as a burned-out sleazeball exploiting his movie-star fame. Fed up with his insults, Andrea Ostrich stabs him in the back of the head with an ice pick, ending his sordid little cartoon life. Many of the pieces included here set the stage for the later, very funny autobiographical works influenced by his wife, cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb. (June)
Born in Philadelphia, R. Crumb is the author of numerous comic works and one of the pioneers of underground comics. His books include Kafka, The Complete Crumb Comics (17 volumes), The R. Crumb Sketchbook (10 volumes), R. Crumb Draws the Blues, The Book of Mr. Natural, The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, and many more. He lives in the south of France with his wife, the artist Aline Kominsky-Crumb.