Complete Crumb Comics, Volume 17by R. Crumb, Eric Reynolds
A peek into the mind of the father of underground comics.The multiple award-winning The Complete Crumb Comics seriesthe definitive, comprehensive series reprinting the entirety of Crumb's oeuvrereaches the end of the 1980s with this 17th volume. Of most interest to Crumb fans is the inclusion of the first two issues of Crumb's only solo title of the decade, Hup, from 1987. The last few years of the decade was an unusually fertile period for Crumb both artistically and quantitatively. After Crumb handed over the editorial chores of his own Weirdo magazine to cartoonist Peter Bagge, Crumb produced three issues of Hup by the end of the decade and continued to contribute to Weirdo. Hup is considered by many to be amongst Crumb's very best comic titles, featuring the artist at his most misanthropic and satirical. "My Troubles with Women, Pt. 2," "If I Were King," "The Ruff-Tuff Cream Puffs Take Charge," and "The Mighty Power Fems vs. the Horrible Homunculi"each lives up to their titles and shows Crumb at his most confidently trenchant and anachronistic. Also featured are Crumb's contributions to Weirdos 22-24, his iconic "A Short History of America" poster, updated for The Whole Earth Review in 1988, and a color section of miscellaneous book covers, magazine illustrations, music-related art and other suprises from the period. The Complete Crumb leaves no stone unturned, delivering everything from Crumb's published comic strips to commercial artwork and rarely-if-ever seen treasures from private collections and the artist's archives. This volume, as usual, includes a new introduction from Crumb about this period in his life, covering his last few years in Northern California before moving to the South of France in the early 1990s. The Complete Crumb Comics series is edited by Eric Reynolds (Hysteria in Remission: The Comix & Drawings of Robert Williams). 112 pages b/w, 16 pages color.
Author Biography: Robert Crumb lives in the south of France with his wife, cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb.
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