Cartoonist I Love: Robert Crumb

Man, what can I say about Crumb that hasn’t been said before?

I first discovered Crumb around the time the documentary hit theaters. Well, I was familiar with his name and his work, but come on. No comic shops here in the greater Atlanta area had his comics on the shelves or anything.

Crumb was such a revelation to me as a teenager in the politically correct 90’s.  Here’s a guy admitting to some pretty dark stuff about himself in form of a comic. I was outwardly repelled, but inwardly, I was hooked.  Through the power of Crumb, I came to terms with the strangeness in me and my taste in women.

Don’t get the wrong idea, though. Crumb isn’t all about spilling his guts and pushing buttons. He can draw. He can draw like no one else.  I would go as far as to say he’s the greatest living draftsman. Beat that,  super hero hacks.  Not only can Crumb draw shapely women and cartoony dudes, he can draw lamps, iceboxes,  telephone  wires  and bodily fluids with the same vigor.

But, like I previously mentioned, this has all been said before. I love you, Monsieur Crumb.

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Mr Josh Latta was born in 1853 to a family of tamed Pleistocenes. he was raised as a small child, entering into adulthood on the eve of his 7th birthday as was the tradition of the day. in 1867 he undertook a course in multi-reptile wrestling ending his career as 'croc-tussler' after an unfortunate shallow-river related accident cut short the life of a young crocodile. moving to rural Sheboigan in the fall of 1872, he made a good living raising fancy roosters and painting murals across the town depicting the various lascivious secrets of the townsfolk. driven out of town in the spring of 1873 he found his way to Utah where he was Flaneur in Residence at the Foundation of Gentlemen and Cultured Guinea Pigs (now the Foundation of Water Fowl and Cultured Guinea Pigs) until a scandal involving twin milkmaids and a churn of cream called for his resignation. Latta entered into the history books in 1899 for his lifesize construction of Monument Valley in matches.

4 thoughts on “Cartoonist I Love: Robert Crumb

  1. Shannon Smith

    I was aware of Crumb as some sort of hippie 60s artist behind stickers and posters you might find in a head shop. But I never actually was in the same zip code with any of his comics until I saw that big Crumb coffee table book in a Borders. And like you, I was outwardly repelled by it but curious. Then I saw the movie and there was no turning back. Oxford comics had some stuff like Mystic Funnies and Self Loathing at the time so I bought that stuff up and was hooked.

  2. Josh Latta

    Oh yeah! Self Loathing really jumped out from the shelf at Oxford for me, because not only do I loathe myself too, but because of that great cover with a grotesque Crumb looking at himself in the mirror.
    I think that was one of my first Crumb comic I bought after the aforementioned coffee table book.

  3. Shannon Smith

    Much to my regret I never bought the Crumb coffee table book. The copy Borders had was beat all to hell and I just always figured I’d find it somewhere else. It’s kind of hard to find now but I think I have most of the comics that are in it in other forms by now.

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