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The Complete Crumb, Vol. 16

Authors: Robert Crumb

Publisher: Fantagraphics

Categories: Classics & Literature, Drama, Humour, Slice-Of-Life

ISBN: 741.5973CRU002.16

Lending Period: 7 days


The ongoing complete collected works of underground Comics artist Crumb reaches the mid-1980s in an impressive demonstration of his versatility. Nonfiction strips conveying passages in the lives of jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton and sf author Philip K. Dick nestle against autobiographical efforts that include several collaborative jams with wife and fellow Comics-artist Aline Kominsky-Crumb, notably a rejected newspaper strip, The Crumb family, and a typically self-lacerating portrayal of one of Crumb's myriad sexual fetishes, Footsy. A color section displays magazine covers, record-album jackets, and a set of trading cards depicting early country-music legends. Hardcore fans will delight in a generous offering of never-before-published ephemera such as family holiday cards, birth announcements, and business cards designed for friends. Less freewheeling and funky than the '60s stuff that made him famous--the collaborations with his wife center on their mundane, albeit skewed, domesticity--Crumb's mid-1980s work (one hesitates to use mature in regard to the famously cranky artist) better shows off his boundless imagination, iconoclastic worldview, and masterly draftsmanship. Gordon Flagg

Availability: Available (Not Available for Children)

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Publisher: Dark Horse
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