'The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 1: The Early Years of Bitter Struggle' Robert Crumb
This long out-of-print first volume of the multiple Harvey and Eisner award- winning Complete Crumb Comics series has been one of our most demanded reprints. Now, this landmark volume of Robert Crumbs formative years not only returns, but also boasts a major discovery not included in prior editions: a never-before-published, 60 page home-made Arcade comic from 1962.
Growing up, Robert and his brother Charles often created their own comic books. These home-made editions were usually produced in editions of one. As such, many have been lost to time or private collections. What hasnt comprises much of the first two volumes of The Complete Crumb series. Their creation continued throughout the 1950s and into the early 60s and eventually the content of Crumbs work gradually matured from the light-hearted, funny animal antics of earlier years to stories that flashed signals of what we now recognize as true Crumb.
This previously undiscovered Arcade issue, from May, 1962, shows many flashes of where Crumb was heading (whereas Charles had all but abandoned drawing comics by the 60s). The 17-page strip Jim is the most emotionally-charged work of Crumbs young life to that point, a gentle and psychologically astute look at a boy who needs a mother, and also brimming with signs of his increasing frustration with Catholicism. It also features the first quintessential Crumb girl, Mabel.
This volume also includes several early Fritz the Cat stories (a.k.a. Animal Town Comics), and the classic Treasure Island Days (as seen in the Crumbfilm) and is rounded out with other strips, diary entries and sketches that will be a treasure trove for Crumb fans, all defining work from Crumbs formative years as a cartoonist, spanning the years 1958-1962 (when Crumb was ages 15-19) and featuring material from other home-made comics of the era. This is Ground Zero for a man who may well be the greatest cartoonist who ever lived.