The Weirdo Years by R. Crumb: 1981-'93

Overview

All of Robert Crumb's work from his very influential Weirdo magazine.

Widely considered to be some of his best work ever. Weirdo was a magazine-sized comics anthology created by Robert Crumb in 1981, which ran for 28 issues.

It served as a "low art” counterpoint to its contemporary highbrow Raw. Early issues of Weirdo reflect Crumb's interests at the time: outsider art, fumetti, Church of the SubGenius-type ...

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Overview

All of Robert Crumb's work from his very influential Weirdo magazine.

Widely considered to be some of his best work ever. Weirdo was a magazine-sized comics anthology created by Robert Crumb in 1981, which ran for 28 issues.

It served as a "low art” counterpoint to its contemporary highbrow Raw. Early issues of Weirdo reflect Crumb's interests at the time: outsider art, fumetti, Church of the SubGenius-type anti-propaganda and assorted "weirdness.”

The incredibly varied stories include TV Blues, Life of Boswell, People Make me Nervous, The Old Songs are the Best Songs,Uncle Bob's Mid-Life Crisis, Kraft Ebbing's' Psycopathia Sexualis, Goldilocks, The Life of Philip K Dick, and many more.

Also within are several photo strip stories featuring Crumb himself and various of his trademark well-built women including his wife Aline Kominsky-Crumb in tales such as Get in Shape and Unfaithful Husband.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/11/2013
Crumb was perhaps the defining artistic voice in the underground comics movement of the 1960s and 1970s, but he remained a potent creative force after that era, and the material found in this collection showcases a more mature side of his work. Founded by Crumb in 1981, Weirdo magazine was conceived as a “low art” answer to the contemporary highbrow Raw, featuring a diverse roster of cartoonists—though Crumb himself served as the main draw. In its pages, he leveled his brutal satire at the American zeitgeist of the burgeoning 1980s, skewering its vacuousness while airing his own middle-aged foibles for public consideration. Weirdo also afforded Crumb the opportunity to apply his skills to an entertaining visual adaptation of excerpts from Kraft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis, old songs such as “Purple Haze” and “On the Street Where You Live,” snippets from James Boswell’s sybaritic London journal, and even a recounting of a religious experience described by author Philip K. Dick. There’s a lot more crammed into this loaded hardcover, all of it delivered in Crumb’s indelible, uncensored candor; and politics aside, Crumb’s sturdy yet vivid art is a star in any decade. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867197907
  • Publisher: Last Gasp of San Francisco
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 627,540
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.10 (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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