Robert Crumb

Passion and Respect


Robert Crumb

Robert Crumb was often the center of his characterizations and was as critical of his own self-image as anybody elses.
  • Born: Robert Dennis Crumb August 30, 1943 Philadelphia, Pennsylavania, U.S.
  • Job: Cartoonist, writer, musician
  • Notable Works: Zap Comix, Keep on Truckin', Fritz the Cat, Mr Natural
  • Spouse:
    • Dana Morgan 1964-78
    • Aline Kominsky
  • Children: Sophie & Jessie

Early Work (1962-66)

His first job, in 1962, was drawing novelty greeting cards for American Greetings in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1965, cartoonist Harvey Kurtzman printed some of Crumb's work in the humor magazine he edited, Help!. Crumb moved to New York, intending to work with Kurtzman, but Help! ceased publication shortly after. Crumb briefly illustrated bubblegum cards for Topps before returning to Cleveland and American Greetings. In 1965 and 1966 Crumb had a number of Fritz the Cat strips published in the men's magazine Cavalier.

Zap and Underground Comix (1967–1979)

In January 1967, Independent publisher Don Donahue invited Crumb to make a comic book; Crumb drew up two issues of Zap Comix, and Donahue published the first in February 1968 under the publisher name Apex Novelties. The second issue of Zap appeared in June with contributions from Wilson and poster artists Victor Moscoso and Rick Griffin. Zap was financially successful, and developed a market for underground comix. Crumb was a prolific cartoonist in the late 1960s and early 1970s; at his peak point of output he produced 320 pages over two years. He produced much of his best-known work then, including his Keep on Truckin' strip, and strips featuring characters such as the bohemian Fritz the Cat, spiritual guru Mr. Natural.

Weirdo (1980–1993)

While meditating in 1980 Crumb conceived of a magazine with a lowbrow aesthetic inspired by punk zines, Mad, and men's magazines of the 1940s and 1950s. From 1981 Crumb edited the first eight issues of the twenty-eight issue run of Weirdo, published by Last Gasp; his contributions and tastes determined the contents of the later issues as well, edited by Peter Bagge until #16, and Aline for the remainder of the run.
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