The Complete Crumb Comics Volume 2: Some More Early Years of Bitter Struggle

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Some of Fantagraphics’ most demanded reprints bring back Crumb’s earlier work, from his pre-Underground days to the adventures of Fritz the Cat.
These early volumes of our multiple Harvey and Eisner Award-winning Complete Crumb Comics series have been amongst our most demanded reprints the last few years. Following last season’s reprint of the expanded Vol. 1, the first three volumes of this best-selling series will all be in print for the first time in a decade! “Some More ...
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Overview

Some of Fantagraphics’ most demanded reprints bring back Crumb’s earlier work, from his pre-Underground days to the adventures of Fritz the Cat.
These early volumes of our multiple Harvey and Eisner Award-winning Complete Crumb Comics series have been amongst our most demanded reprints the last few years. Following last season’s reprint of the expanded Vol. 1, the first three volumes of this best-selling series will all be in print for the first time in a decade! “Some More Early Years of Bitter Struggle” features several key stories from Crumb’s pre-underground, homemade comics of the early 1960s (such as Farb and Arcade), with stories featuring early Crumb characters Fritz the Cat, Jim, Mabel, and Little Billy Bean.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780930193621
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/1988
  • Series: Complete Crumb Comics Series , #2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (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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