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The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 2: Some More Early Years of Bitter Struggle (Complete Crumb Comics) Paperback – March 13, 2013
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About the Author
Born in Philadelphia, R. Crumb is the author of numerous comic works and one of the pioneers of underground comics and arguably one of the most famous cartoonists in history. His books include 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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This volume provides fascinating insights into the origins and developments of style regarding the most important cartoonist in history.
Ideal for die-hard Crumb fans and art students
What can I say about this book? It's vintage Crumb. A lot of comics he was doing just as he was leaving home and facing the big bad world in Cleveland. There is a great introduction by Crumb's longtime friend (now passed away) Marty Pahls, telling more of Crumb's story. One big disappointment was when I read in Pahls' introduction that Crumb's first wife Dana would not allow Fantagraphics the publishing rights to reprint ANY of The Yum Yum Book, which she owns copyright to as Crumb gave it to her.
There are some comics in here which clearly Robert did with his brother Charles. The dead giveaway, besides some of his artistic style, is Charles' tendency toward the end to put the lines and lines especially on garments. (Sorry, I don't know how to describe it.) However I believe this was also when Charles was losing interest in doing comics, and even those comics feature much more of R. Crumb's work than his brothers, generally speaking. If you are familiar with R. Crumb's printing it is pretty easy to tell also when Charles wrote the dialogue.
It is hard to know what to say about this book. To me, it is full of many mysteries and unanswered questions -- but then, wasn't that exactly what the Great Artist was experiencing at that time of his life? I would never recommend this volume to anyone new to Crumb or who had never seen Crumb's work. I believe this one is best savored by those who are die-hard Crumb fans -- or perhaps die-hard Fritz the Cat fans, since there are a lot of great Fritz comics in these pages. A strangely lovely book, in a melancholy kind of way. For the non-Crumb fan I would probably rate this as a 3-star book rather than 5. Sorry if my recommendation is ultimately ambiguous. It's the best I can do except to say that if you can't get hold of this volume and have all the others but don't want to pay more than retail, and if you don't just HAVE to complete your set, you won't be missing terribly much if you don't ever get this one.