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R. CRUMB Founder of the Underground Comix movement of the 1960s, Robert Crumb (b. 1943, usually referred to as R. Crumb), is beloved for his satirical and twisted depictions of American life. Some of his most popular characters are Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural, a cynical and humorous sage with a long white beard who delights in uttering oddball aphorisms. Originally from Philadelphia, Crumb traveled to Cleveland after high school to illustrate greeting cards for the American Greetings Corporation. It was here that his boss described his drawings as “too grotesque,” and according to Crumb, “I was trained to draw ‘cute’ little neuter characters which influenced my technique, and even now my work has this cuteness about it.” It was also in Cleveland where Crumb met the legendary Harvey Pekar, at the time a down-and-out file clerk. They collaborated on the first issues of American Splendor; Pekar wrote the autobiographical and cynical text while Crumb illustrated, resulting in an award-winning partnership that lasted well into the 1980s. Crumb moved to San Francisco and started writing his own comics, including Zap Comix and Weirdo, both vehicles for characters like Mr. Natural as well as his sardonically sexual themes. The first drawing (lot 387)is from an R. Crumb illustrated 10th anniversary edition of Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang, a witty critique of environmental destruction of the American Southwest. The second illustration (lot 388)comes from the outlandish and uncompromisingly hippy Eat It: A Cookbook by Dana Crumb and Shery Cohen. Literature: Crumb, Robert. The History of Crumb. Robert Crumb, 2011. Web. 14 May 2011.

387 ROBERT CRUMB UNTITLED (ILLUSTRATION FROM THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG)

388 ROBERT CRUMB UNTITLED (ILLUSTRATION FROM EAT IT: A COOKBOOK)

1984 Ink on paper Signature and date lower right Image 13” x 11”; Frame 18.5” x 16”

1972 Ink on paper Image 13.5” x 10.75”; Frame 23.75” x 21”

$13,000-15,000

$10,000-15,000

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