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Bijou Funnies #4 page 5 by Robert Crumb by Robert Crumb - Illustration

Bijou Funnies #4 page 5 by Robert Crumb



Crumb at his best/worst. This is certainly not a page that will be to everyone's taste. I think to understand it and appreciate it you really have to know Crumb's work and have an familiarity with the irreverence and ambitions of the underground comic scene circa 1970. I already had a nice Crumb page and so in getting a second, I wanted something different and more challenging. This is it, a page that will not go on my wall but should.

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About Robert Crumb

Robert Dennis Crumb is an American cartoonist and musician who often signs his work R. Crumb. His work displays a nostalgia for American folk culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and satire of contemporary American culture. Crumb is a prolific artist and contributed to many of the seminal works of the underground comix movement in the 1960s, including being a founder of the first successful underground comix publication, Zap Comix, contributing to all 16 issues. He was additionally contributing to the East Village Other and many other publications, including a variety of one-off and anthology comics. During this time, inspired by psychedelics and cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s, he introduced a wide variety of characters that became extremely popular, including countercultural icons Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural, and the images from his Keep on Truckin' strip. Sexual themes abounded in all these projects, often shading into scatological and pornographic comics. In the mid-1970s, he contributed to the Arcade anthology; following the decline of the underground, he moved towards biographical and autobiographical subjects while refining his drawing style, a heavily crosshatched pen-and-ink style inspired by late 19th- and early 20th-century cartooning. Much of his work appeared in a magazine he founded, Weirdo (1981–1993).