Title: The R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book [Signed ...
Publisher: Kitchen Sink Press (1997), Northampton, MA
Publication Date: 1997
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed By Author
Edition: First Edition.
250 pages. 11-1/4 by 13-1/4 inches. 'Crumb's whole career, from shack to chateau' -- from the cover. Comic strips mostly in color. Limited to 1000 copies; issued with a 10 by 12-1/2 inch print signed and numbered by Crumb. First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear to the top edge. In a fine slipcase. A large, heavy book. Bookseller Inventory # 131531
Synopsis: R. Crumb's Zap Comix launched the underground comic book back in 1968, and his signature characters--Keep on Truckin', Fritz the Cat, Mr. Natural-went on the become instantly recognizable icons of the hippie era. Now for the first time, Crumb has collected the best of his work in a lavish hardcover volume that everyone interested in pop culture over the last half century will want to own. Illustrations throughout, many in color.
Review: Robert Crumb, world-famous illustrator and definite pervert, got his start in the underground comics scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book is a collection of his best work from the last 50 years (it's got kids stuff, too, which is pretty fascinating). The volume is a welcome reminder that, screwed up as Crumb may be, he's also a tremendously talented, utterly original artist. He artistically embodies a certain segment of the '60s, and as that fades even further into history, Crumb's material becomes more important. Is The R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book funny? Yes, certainly, in a coarse, Rabelaisian way; you'll either find it a hoot, or horribly racist and sexist. And it's not for the kiddies, obviously. But R. Crumb is so well known by now, that you probably know which group you fall into, the lovers or the haters. The lovers will find this book a wonderful treat.
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