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About the Author

Robert Crumb was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 30, 1943. In 1962, he worked for the American Greetings Corporation. He first worked as a color separator before getting promoted to an illustrator position. He entered the public eye as an underground cartoonist during the late 1960s as show more the creator of Zap Comix. He created such characters as Fritz the Cat, Angelfood McSpade and Mr. Natural. He created cover art for Big Brother and the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills album. His numerous collections include Weirdo, Black and White, Big Ass Comics, People's Comics, Dirty Laundry Comics, The Crumb Family Comics, The R. Crumb Handbook, and The Book of Genesis. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Robert Crumb. Photo by Marcelo Braga.

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Works by Robert Crumb

Introducing Kafka (1993) — Illustrator — 901 copies
The R. Crumb Handbook (2005) 377 copies
R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country (2006) — Illustrator — 365 copies
The Sweeter Side of R. Crumb (2006) 112 copies
Fritz the Cat (1978) 105 copies
The Book of Mr. Natural (1995) 104 copies
My Troubles With Women (2010) 104 copies
American Splendor Presents: Bob & Harv's Comics (1996) — Illustrator — 94 copies
R. Crumb Draws the Blues (2010) 90 copies
R. Crumb's America (2011) 83 copies
Odds & Ends (2001) 70 copies
Crumb Family Comic (1998) 52 copies
Sophie Crumb: Evolution of a Crazy Artist (2009) — Editor — 37 copies
Mr. Natural (1970) 32 copies
Bible of filth (2017) 28 copies
Gotta Have 'Em (2003) 25 copies
Fritz the Cat [1972 film] (2001) — Screenwriter — 24 copies
Art & Beauty Magazine (1996) 23 copies
Zap Comix #1 (1967) 22 copies
Zap Comix #0 (1967) 20 copies
Crumb (1971) 19 copies
R. Crumb's Head Comix (1968) 19 copies
Zap Comix #2 (1968) 17 copies
Minha vida (2005) 16 copies
Zap Comix #4 (1968) 14 copies
Zap Comix #3 (1968) 13 copies
Zap Comix #16 (2016) 13 copies
Zap Comix #7 (1974) 13 copies
Zap Comix #5 (1970) 12 copies
Mister Nostalgia (2007) 12 copies
American Splendor #1 (1976) — Illustrator — 11 copies
Mr. Natural #3 (1977) 10 copies
Hup No. 1 (1987) 10 copies
Artistic Comics (1973) 10 copies
XYZ Comics (1972) 9 copies
Snatch Comics, No.3 (1969) — Author — 9 copies
Zap Comix #10 (1982) 9 copies
Mystic Funnies #2 (1997) 9 copies
Ilo, hilpeys ja paatos (1996) 8 copies
Päivi Perhonen (1991) 8 copies
Mr. Natural (No. 2) (1971) 8 copies
Snoid Comics (1986) 8 copies
Hup #2 (1987) 8 copies
Zap Comix #6 (1973) 8 copies
Uneeda Comix (1970) 8 copies
Zap Comix #8 (1974) 7 copies
Mystic Funnies #1 (1997) 7 copies
O livro do Mr. Natural (2015) — Author — 7 copies
Best Buy Comics (1979) 7 copies
Hup #3 (1989) 7 copies
Zap Comix #12 (1989) 7 copies
Heroes of the Blues Boxed Trading Card Set by R. Crumb (1997) — Illustrator — 7 copies
Omia kuvia (1990) 7 copies
Fritz vender tilbage (1980) 6 copies
Mystic Funnies, Issue #03 (2002) 6 copies
Getekend leven (2012) 6 copies
Weirdo #14 (1985) 6 copies
Weirdo #4 (1981) 6 copies
Zap Comix (2005) 6 copies
Your Hytone Comix (1971) 6 copies
Mes femmes (1989) 6 copies
Home grown funnies (1971) 6 copies
Weirdo #17 (1986) 5 copies
Zap Comix #11 (1985) 5 copies
Zap Comix #15 (2004) 5 copies
Viva a Revolução (2015) 5 copies
La crème de Crumb (2012) 5 copies
Weirdo #18 (1986) 5 copies
Nausea (2011) 5 copies
Dirty Laundry Comics #2 (1974) 5 copies
Zap Comix #9 (1978) 5 copies
Black and White Comics (1973) 5 copies
Crumb's World (2021) 5 copies
Weirdo #3 (1981) 5 copies
Sketchbook reports (2000) 5 copies
Big Ass Comics #2 (1971) 5 copies
Weirdo #2 (1981) 5 copies
Weirdo #10 (1993) 5 copies
Endzeit Comics (1986) 5 copies
Herra Luontevan paluu (1994) 4 copies
Kiima, kunnia ja kateus (1995) 4 copies
The Snatch sampler (1977) 4 copies
La historia de mi vida (1990) 4 copies
Chasin' Rainbows. CD (1993) 4 copies
Weirdo #20 (1987) 4 copies
Early Jazz Greats Boxed Trading Card Set by R. Crumb (2017) — Illustrator — 4 copies
Mineshaft #9 (2002) 4 copies
Mr. Natural Postcard Book (2002) 4 copies
Snatch Comics (1968) 4 copies
Weirdo #15 (1993) 4 copies
Weirdo #11 (1984) 4 copies
Weirdo #5 (1982) 4 copies
Mineshaft #20 (2007) 4 copies
Weirdo #1 4 copies
Weirdo #6 (1982) 4 copies
Weirdo #8 (1983) 4 copies
Big Ass Comics #1 (1969) 4 copies
Id No. 2 (1995) 4 copies
Weirdo #19 (1986) 4 copies
Weirdo #13 (1985) 4 copies
Weirdo #12 (1985) 4 copies
Fritz Bugs Out (1972) 4 copies
Mineshaft #11 (2003) 3 copies
Zap Comix #13 3 copies
Si yo fuera rey (1988) 3 copies
Id # 01 (1990) 3 copies
Store røv (1982) 3 copies
Weirdo #9 (1983) 3 copies
Mineshaft #18 3 copies
Mineshaft #22 3 copies
Sans issue (2000) 3 copies
Les aventures de R. Crumb (2009) 3 copies
Ein Heldenleben (1992) 3 copies
Weirdo #27 (1990) 3 copies
Zap Comix #14 (1998) 3 copies
Genesis 1. Mosebok (2010) 3 copies
Weirdo #21 (1987) 3 copies
Weirdo #23 (1988) 3 copies
Weirdo #28 (1990) 3 copies
Mineshaft #8 2 copies
Weirdo #24 (1988) 2 copies
Weirdo #16 (1986) 2 copies
Big ass comics 2 copies
Mineshaft #10 (2003) 2 copies
Weirdo #7 (1993) 2 copies
Funny Aminals 2 copies
Mineshaft #12 (2003) 2 copies
Mineshaft #5 2 copies
Weirdo #25 (1989) 2 copies
Weirdo #26 (1989) 2 copies
Weirdo #22 (1988) 2 copies
På dojan 2 copies
Io e le donne (2002) 2 copies
Waiting for Food 4 (2008) 2 copies
MEET THE BEATS 2 copies
Jiz Comics (1972) 2 copies
Mineshaft #27 2 copies
Charley Patton (2004) — Illustrator — 2 copies
Pilajuttuja ja piirroksia (1980) 2 copies
Fritz the No-Good (1972) 1 copy
R. Crumb 2004 Calendar (2003) 1 copy
Mode o'day (1991) 1 copy
Zam-zap jam 1 copy
YELLOW DOG VOL 1 NO. 3 (1968) 1 copy
YELLOW DOG VOL 1 NO. 2 (1968) 1 copy
R. Crumb Trading Cards (2010) 1 copy
Mister Sixties (2011) 1 copy
Klasse Beine 1 copy
Sexo majara (2013) 1 copy
Stoned Agin! 1 copy
Księga Genesis (2010) 1 copy
Vues de Sauve (1991) 1 copy
Id # 03 1 copy
Fuckbook 1 copy
Harv'n Bob (2010) 1 copy
Art & Beauty #1 (2003) 1 copy
Mr. Natural Tome 1 (2000) 1 copy
ID (No. 3) 1 copy
Mister Natural : (2015) 1 copy
Fallo! #4 (1970) — Author — 1 copy

Associated Works

The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975) — Illustrator, some editions — 2,889 copies
The Captain is Out to Lunch (1998) — Illustrator, some editions — 589 copies
The Best American Comics 2006 (2006) — Contributor — 530 copies
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008) — Contributor — 405 copies
The Best American Comics 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 379 copies
Bring Me Your Love (1983) — Illustrator — 261 copies
A Child's Life and Other Stories (1998) — Introduction, some editions — 235 copies
The New American Splendor Anthology (1991) — Illustrator — 220 copies
The Best American Comics 2010 (2010) — Contributor — 206 copies
There's No Business (1984) — Illustrator, some editions — 184 copies
The Best American Comics 2009 (2009) — Contributor — 177 copies
American Splendor: Our Movie Year (2004) — Artist — 154 copies
In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists (2006) — Contributor — 145 copies
Comix: A History of Comic Books in America (1971) — Illustrator — 133 copies
The Best American Comics 2014 (2014) — Contributor — 96 copies
Cheap Thrills (1967) — Cover artist — 86 copies
American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar (1986) — Illustrator — 71 copies
The New Comics Anthology (1991) — Contributor — 66 copies
Abstract Comics: The Anthology (2009) — Illustrator — 54 copies
The Complete Dirty Laundry Comics (1993) — Author — 46 copies
Don't Hide the Madness: William S. Burroughs in Conversation with Allen Ginsberg (2018) — Cover artist, some editions — 42 copies
Little Blues Book (1996) — Illustrator — 42 copies
The Comics Journal Library: R. Crumb (2004) — Interviewee — 40 copies
Busted!: Drug War Survival Skills (2005) — Illustrator — 36 copies
Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka (2011) — Contributor — 28 copies
The Narrative Corpse: A Chain-Story by 69 Artists (1995) — Contributor — 24 copies
The Best of Bijou funnies (1975) 9 copies
Arcade: The Comics Revue No. 2 (1975) — Contributor — 9 copies
American Splendor #2 (1977) — Illustrator — 8 copies
American Splendor #4 (1979) — Illustrator — 7 copies
American Splendor #12 (1987) — Illustrator — 6 copies
Arcade: The Comics Revue No. 3 (1975) — Contributor — 5 copies
Arcade: The Comics Revue No. 4 (1975) — Contributor — 5 copies
Arcade: The Comics Revue No. 6 (1976) — Contributor — 5 copies
Arcade: The Comics Revue No. 7 (1976) — Contributor — 5 copies
Bijou funnies, No. 4 — Illustrator, some editions — 4 copies
Jack Kerouac: The Bootleg Era: An Annotated List (1994) — Cover artist — 3 copies
Bijou funnies, No. 2 — Illustrator, some editions — 3 copies
Mineshaft #31 (2014) — Contributor — 3 copies
Bijou funnies, No. 5 — Illustrator, some editions — 3 copies
Twist #3 (1987) — Contributor, some editions — 3 copies
Promethean Enterprises #5 (1974) — Contributor — 2 copies
OZ 40, 5th anniversary issue (1972) — Contributor — 2 copies
CoEvolution Quarterly No. 35 Fall 1982 — Contributor — 2 copies
Mondo Snarfo: Surrealistic Comix (1978) — Contributor — 2 copies
Bijou funnies, No. 6 — Illustrator, some editions — 2 copies
CoEvolution Quarterly No. 21 Spring 1979 — Contributor — 1 copy
OZ 34 (1972) — Contributor — 1 copy
Ah! Nana № 1-9 — Contributor — 1 copy
OZ 28, School kids issue (1970) — Contributor — 1 copy
Promethean Enterprises #3 - @#*!!! (1971) — Contributor — 1 copy
Turned on cuties — Contributor — 1 copy
Bijou funnies, No. 8 — Illustrator, some editions — 1 copy

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Ogni parola si guarda attorno
in tutte le direzioni prima di
lasciarsi scrivere da me.
(pagina 85)

Avvertenza per i passeggeri: SALTARE a piè pari l'introduzione di Goffredo Fofi.
Avvertenza per Fofi: leggere i libri di Kafka prima di parlarne.

Infine, forse, se Crumb avesse lasciato perdere le varie letture / interpretazioni psicoanalitiche sul senso dei libri di Kafka ne avrebbe ricavato un ottimo lavoro (tanto, quelle interpretazioni, sono sempre identiche: la mamma, il papà ed il p. (per i maschietti)).

Infine, sul serio, Max Brod (salvatore dei testi di Kafka) ha voluto riportare 'a baita' (Sergentmagiù, ghe rivarem a baita? - Mario Rigoni Stern) ossia ha voluto riportare alla fonte ebraica l'origine dei pensieri tradotti in scritti da Kafka. Ma lasciamo perdere, dato che una più grossa l'aveva già combinata Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche.

La metamorfosi: a fronte della nostra immagine allo specchio, giorno dopo giorno...
Il processo: a fronte dei tanti muri quotidiani...
Il castello: a fronte delle forze che non ci aiutano nel nostro cammino...
America: dove Kafka a fronte, finalmente, di un mondo reale riesce a fantasticare.

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NewLibrary78 | 16 other reviews | Jul 22, 2023 |
This is one of R. Crumb's masterpieces, whether it is a labor of love or of compulsion. (He worked on it for five years.) I love biblical scholarship and this "R. Crumb Meets Classics Illustrated" version of Genesis is informed by scholarship. Crumb relied on both the familiar King James Version and, more heavily, on Robert Alter's translation which is in modern English but is also extremely conscious of the original Hebrew.

The stories of the first book of the Bible are told at once with imagination yet close adherence to the meaning of the text as best as that can be determined. What is remarkable to me is how clear Crumb's rendition makes the stories. Even the begats become readable when there is a picture of each individual in the genealogy. This made it easier, for example, while reading about Joseph, to flip back to the relevant page and see the illustrated chart of who his brothers were and who the mother of each was. And, believe me, Genesis needs a who's who of characters.

The aptly named Mike Judge of the Christian Institute has predictably denounced Crumb's "The Book of Genesis" as "turning the Bible into titillation." Excuse me? Has Judge not read Genesis with an engaged brain? This ancient text is so full of titillation and ribaldry that to turn it into such would be redundant. There is ribaldry and brutality enough in the King James or any other standard text version of Genesis to warrant this version's warning--"Adult supervision recommended for minors"--being applied to all versions. True, only an illustrated version could show Adam's pizzle or Eve's mound, but not to show the first humans au naturel would betray the earthy spirit of the ancient people who told these stories.

Besides, Crumb never goes overboard. Take Chapter 19 (verse 5 and following, though Crumb does not clutter his illustrated text with verse numbers) where the men of Sodom want to "know" the apparent men (actually angels) who are guests in Lot's home. It is clearly understood that these citizens want to gang rape Lot's guests. The text only gives a clue to this effect. So does Crumb. He does not dwell upon this or try to make the lasciviousness of the situation any more explicit than it is in the traditional text versions of Genesis.

Yes, Crumb shows men lustily taking their wives (and daughters), but only because the original text says that they do these things. If anything, Crumb has toned down his obsession with large breasts, which are apt to be much, much larger in his other works than they are here.
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MilesFowler | 49 other reviews | Jul 16, 2023 |
This comic book style illustrated presentation of Genesis is very complete. All the incidents of all fifty chapters are included. Crumb claims to have taken only a small handful of liberties with the text (for example: leaving out one line in chapter twenty-four because he was persuaded by a scholar’s arguments that it was a later scribal insertion). There are a small number of added notations, most explaining the meaning of a Hebrew personal or place name, which sometimes involve word play. For the source of his text, he mostly followed the translation of Robert Alter, but also used other sources. For those who like Crumb’s mature drawing style (I am such a one) I would count this among his best work. He describes (in an introduction and final commentary) some of the consultation and research he did in the course of his work, not only to understand the text of Genesis but also to more realistically depict the clothing, buildings, tools, furnishings, etc. of the ancient Near East. This presentation of the first book of the Torah helped me appreciate some of its striking and fascinating highlights: the fact that there are two distinct and separate creation narratives one given immediately after the other, the great importance of agreements / covenants in that world, the genealogies (“these are the sons of…”), the great power of words as shown in changes of personal and place names, oaths, and most of all by the great power of blessings. Other things that this graphic Genesis made striking for me were: how common warfare was in in that long ago world, the strange and repeated “she isn’t my wife she’s my sister” routine (Crumb has something to say about that in the comments at the end), the odd “birth off” in which two wives and two female slaves seemingly compete in rapid fire gestation, and the (perhaps surprising) importance of many female characters. As Crumb points out in a comment, an entire chapter is devoted to the death and burial of Sarah and several women have real agency. Also notable is the obvious political / social importance of the Lord’s repeated promise to Abraham and his descendants concerning their progeny and the land of Canaan. If you enjoy Crumb or have an interest in the Hebrew Bible, I recommend this book.… (more)
 
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qsgb78 | 49 other reviews | Jul 5, 2023 |
I love the look on Noah's face when God tells him his plans for the earth. God comes off as a nut case. There is certainly some of Mr. Natural in him. I think the riding of camels is an anachronism (chapter 14), but I'm not sure what an anachronism means in this context. I enjoy reading the comic book versions of Shakespeare's plays, because it is closer to performance, and I don't know why, but Genesis comes off very well as a comic. Its absurdity, primitiveness and humanity are brought out.
 
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markm2315 | 49 other reviews | Jul 1, 2023 |

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