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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.
Since Crumb is still widely considered an "underground" comix artist and best known for his hippie-era work, this lavish mounting of his art may seem inappropriate or ironic. But few other figures in the comics field really merit such treatment, nor would their work profit as much from this volume's oversize pages and high-quality reproduction. The collection samples the full range of Crumb's diverse production, from juvenilia and psychedelia to lovingly rendered sketchbook pages and recent autobiographical, confessional stories. Almost as rewarding are Crumb's hand-lettered commentaries, scattered throughout, that reveal the idiosyncrasies and obsessions behind the comics, which viewers of the acclaimed documentary film Crumb (1994) will recognize. Although, unfortunately, it covers up Crumb's distinctive crosshatched line work, the addition of color to much of the originally black-and-white art may enhance its appeal for some, and although 40 bucks may seem steep for a "comic book," this is a thoroughly worthwhile purchase for libraries that don't want to commit to Fantagraphics' ongoing complete Crumb project. Gordon FlaggSee all Product Description
Don't blame R. Crumb for ruining your pitiful childhood. If you must watch Clint Eastwood movies to prove to your friends that you're a "real man" then, I think you need some... Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2003
You don't need the lamer bosh of escapist nerd Bob Crumb. You need the integrity and courage of Clint Eastwood. Read morePublished on July 1 2003
(revised and corrected, 8/27/02)
Thirty years ago, as a teen-ager, I was touting Crumb all over the place, in the form of those little floppy "underground" comic books, not... Read more
Nicely compiled artwork with accompanying narrative, also with guest art that Crumb said inspired him, particularly the old MAD magazine artists.Published on Oct. 1 2001
Crumb is certainly a talented enough draughtsman, but it is amazing how the overtly sexist, occasionally racist and always unapologetically perverse and hateful subject matter of... Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2001
This is a superb publication to grace your coffee table, but beware! It contains graphic images that both titillate and confront - no wonder Crumb is an outcast in his own... Read morePublished on May 2 2000 by Jack
This is a great book which, if you injoy R. Crumb, you will love! It is full of rich color and great stories. It is visualy beautiful. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 1999
All I have to say is that art is amazing. The mood it creates and the entertaining stories are incredible. The art truely inspires me. Read morePublished on May 4 1999 by Kevin Kraft