Comics Illustrator of the Week: Robert Crumb

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This is just a small sampling of Robert Crumb’s body of work.  It was Terry Zwigoff’s 1995 documentary, Crumb, that first opened my eyes to the famous “underground” comics artist.  I was instantly drawn to his ultra-detailed, scratchy cartoon style and the fearless honesty of his work, albeit sometimes brutal & ugly in nature.  Instead of boring you with a long wall of text, listing the highlights of Crumb’s illustrious career, I’ll say just go watch the documentary, if you haven’t already. It’s a great piece of filmmaking and a fascinating exploration of the human condition.

Zap #16, the final issue of Zap Comix hits stands this week.  Crumb provides another cover and some comics, including another installment of “Aline & Bob” with his cartoonist wife, Aline Kominsky-Crumb.  This edition was originally included in The Complete Zap Comix Boxed Set, which is still available at a measly, discounted price of $423.70 on Amazon.  I know that may sound like a lot, but if you were to track down and buy all of the original comics in that collection(which would be quite a feat!), I’m sure you’d be spending way more than that!

To keep up on all things Crumb, go visit his official site here!

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com – Andy Yates

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Author:Andy Yates

Andy is a freelance illustrator, and animator. He writes about comics at comicstavern.com. See his work at plumdill.tumblr.com.

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6 Comments on “Comics Illustrator of the Week: Robert Crumb”

  1. February 24, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    He totally had an iconic way of drawing and he is a legend

  2. liamski98
    February 25, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

    https://asimpleslothslife.wordpress.com

  3. Jack
    February 26, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

    Comics illustrator of the millennium…

  4. February 27, 2016 at 4:29 am #

    i like

  5. Dylan Horrocks
    March 2, 2016 at 12:37 pm #

    The Big Joe Turner drawing is by William Stout, not Crumb. Stout did a series modelled on Crumb’s Heroes of the Blues cardsand people often get them mixed up.

  6. March 9, 2016 at 8:18 am #

    Hey, Shared your R. Crumb post on our Facebook page (Keep On Truckin Apparel) and you received 837 Likes and 266 Shares so far–great job!

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