The Complete Crumb Comics:

The Complete Crumb Comics: "The Early Years of Bitter Struggle"

by R. Crumb, Marty Pahls
     
 

This long out-of-print volume collects Crumb's earliest comic efforts.This long out-of-print first volume of the multiple Harvey and Eisner award-winning Complete Crumb Comics series has been one of our most demanded reprints of the last several years. Now, this landmark volume of Robert Crumb’s formative years not only will return, but also boast a major

Overview

This long out-of-print volume collects Crumb's earliest comic efforts.This long out-of-print first volume of the multiple Harvey and Eisner award-winning Complete Crumb Comics series has been one of our most demanded reprints of the last several years. Now, this landmark volume of Robert Crumb’s formative years not only will return, but also boast a major discovery not included in prior editions: a never-before-published, 60 page “home-made” Arcade comic from 1962.Growing up, Robert and his brother Charles often created their own comic books. These “home-made” editions were usually produced in editions of one. As such, many have been lost to time or private collections. What hasn't comprises much of the first two volumes of The Complete Crumb series. Their creation continued throughout the 1950s and into the early ’60s and eventually the content of Crumb’s work gradually matured from the light-hearted, funny animal antics of earlier years to stories that flashed signals of what we now recognize as “true Crumb.”This previously undiscovered Arcade “issue,” from May, 1962, shows many flashes of where Crumb was heading (whereas Charles had all but abandoned drawing comics by the ’60s). The 17-page strip “Jim” is the most emotionally-charged work of Crumb’s young life to that point, a gentle and psychologically astute look at a boy who needs a mother, and also brimming with signs of his increasing frustration with Catholicism. It also features the first quintessential “Crumb girl,” Mabel.This volume also includes several early Fritz the Cat stories (a.k.a. “Animal Town Comics”), and the classic “Treasure Island Days” (as seen in the Crumb film) and is rounded out with other strips, diary entries and sketches that will be a treasure trove for Crumb fans, all defining work from Crumb’s formative years as a cartoonist, spanning the years 1958-1962 (when Crumb was ages 15-19) and featuring material from other “home-made” comics of the era. This is Ground Zero for a man who may well be the greatest cartoonist who ever lived.

Editorial Reviews

Jeet Heer - The Comics Journal
“[This book] in an expanded edition, gathers together. . . great cartoonist’s juvenilia taking him from age 14 or 15 to 18 years old. The high school scribbler. . . is a very callow Crumb indeed: Crumb before he had sex, Crumb before he dropped acid. . . Crumb before he became the most radical, polarizing and influential cartoonist of the late 20th century. Yet. . .we can see the outlines of the substantial artist he would become....”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606995587
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
04/03/2012
Series:
Complete Crumb Series
Edition description:
Two
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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