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The complete Crumb. Volume 16, The mid-1980s : more years of valiant struggle
Crumb, R.
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First Fantagraphics edition.
Publication Information:
Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics Books, 2002.
Physical Description:
vii, 112 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
"This volume focuses on the years 1985 to 1987, with the exception of a few pieces included due to space and thematic considerations." -- t.p. verso.
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PN6727.C7 C787 2002 Graphic Novel Central Library

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The multiple award-winning The Complete Crumb Comics series - thedefinitive, comprehensive series reprinting the entirety of Crumb's publishedcareer - enters the mid-80s with this 16th volume, a period that manycritics consider to be the richest of artist's career. Anchored by Crumb'scontributions to the seminal anthology Weirdo , created and edited byCrumb, this volume focuses on the years 1985-1987 and includes the seminal"Jelly Roll Morton's Voodoo Curse," from Art Spiegelman's RAW magazine.Also featured are Crumb's gorgeous "Pioneers of Country Music" color portraitseries, and such Weirdo classics as "The Religious Experience of PhilipK. Dick," which chronicles the last years of the highly regarded science-fictionwriter who experienced an intense vision of the apocalypse and believed that hewas possessed by the spirit of Elijah. Also included is Crumb's first issue of Hup , his most-acclaimed solo series of the 1980s and 1990s. The book isrounded out with a new cover and introduction by Crumb, and a color section thatincludes rare album art for various jazz and blues greats, as well reproductionsof his various comic book covers from this period. Crumb is the most revealingof all artists, and The Complete Crumb Comics leaves no stone unturned!Features a 16-page color section. Available in Softcover , as well as Hardcover and Deluxe Signed & Limited Hardcover (signed byCrumb) versions MATURE READERS
8x11, 128pg, PC

Author Notes

Robert Crumb was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 30, 1943. In 1962, he worked for the American Greetings Corporation. He first worked as a color separator before getting promoted to an illustrator position. He entered the public eye as an underground cartoonist during the late 1960s as the creator of Zap Comix. He created such characters as Fritz the Cat, Angelfood McSpade and Mr. Natural. He created cover art for Big Brother and the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills album. His numerous collections include Weirdo, Black and White, Big Ass Comics, People's Comics, Dirty Laundry Comics, The Crumb Family Comics, The R. Crumb Handbook, and The Book of Genesis.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

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