51 Facts About Robert Crumb


Robert Crumb was additionally contributing to the East Village Other and many other publications, including a variety of one-off and anthology comics.


In 1991, Robert Crumb was inducted into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.


Robert Crumb was married to cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb, with whom he frequently collaborated.


Robert Crumb was born August 30,1943, in Philadelphia to Catholic parents of English and Scottish descent, spending his early years in West Philadelphia and Upper Darby.


Robert Crumb's mother, Beatrice Loretta Crumb, was a housewife who reportedly abused diet pills and amphetamines.


The family moved to Milford, Delaware, when Robert Crumb was twelve and where he was an average student whose teachers discouraged him from cartooning.


Robert Crumb's cartooning developed as his older brother Charles pushed him and provided feedback.


At fifteen, Robert Crumb collected classical jazz and blues records from the 1920s to the 1940s.


Robert Crumb's father gave him $40 when he left home after high school.


Robert Crumb stayed with the company for four years, producing hundreds of cards for the company's Hi-Brow line; his superiors had him draw in a cuter style that was to leave a footprint on his work throughout his career.


Robert Crumb briefly illustrated bubblegum cards for Topps before returning to Cleveland and American Greetings.


In 1965 and 1966 Robert Crumb had a number of Fritz the Cat strips published in the men's magazine Cavalier.


Robert Crumb was becoming increasingly uncomfortable with his job and marriage when in June 1965 he began taking LSD, a psychedelic drug that was then still legal.


Robert Crumb created a number of his best-known characters during his years of LSD use, including Mr Natural, Angelfood McSpade, and the Snoid.


In January 1967 Robert Crumb came across two friends in a bar who were about to leave for San Francisco; Robert Crumb was interested in the work of San Francisco-based psychedelic poster artists, and on a whim asked if he could join them.


The work was popular, and Robert Crumb was flooded with requests, including to illustrate a full issue of Philadelphia's Yarrowstalks.


Independent publisher Don Donahue invited Robert Crumb to make a comic book; Robert Crumb drew up two issues of Zap Comix, and Donahue published the first in February 1968 under the publisher name Apex Novelties.


Robert Crumb had difficulty at first finding retailers who would stock it, and at first his wife took to selling the first run herself out of a baby carriage.


Robert Crumb was a prolific cartoonist in the late 1960s and early 1970s; at his peak output he produced 320 pages over two years.


Robert Crumb 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, and oversexed African-American stereotype Angelfood McSpade.


Robert Crumb's work appeared in Nasty Tales, a 1970s British underground comic.


Robert Crumb is using coarseness quite deliberately in order to get across a view of social hypocrisy.


Robert Crumb's fumetti was so unpopular that it has never appeared in Robert Crumb collections.


In 2009 Robert Crumb produced The Book of Genesis, an unabridged illustrated graphic novel version of the biblical Book of Genesis.


In January 2015, Robert Crumb was asked to submit a cartoon to the left-wing magazine Liberation as a tribute for the Charlie Hebdo shooting.


Robert Crumb sent a drawing titled "A Cowardly Cartoonist", depicting an illustration of the backside of Crumb's friend Mohamid Bakshi, while referencing the prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam.


Robert Crumb collaborated with his wife, Aline Kominsky-Robert Crumb, on many strips and comics, including Dirty Laundry Comics, Self-Loathing Comics, and work published in The New Yorker.


In 1978, Robert Crumb allowed his artwork to be used as pictorial rubber stamp designs by Top Drawer Rubber Stamp Company, a collaboration between cartoonist Art Spiegelman, publisher Francoise Mouly, and people living at Quarry Hill Creative Center in Rochester, Vermont.


The development of the play was supervised by Robert Crumb, who served as set designer, drawing larger-than-life representations of some of his most famous characters all over the floors and walls of the set.


Robert Crumb has frequently drawn comics about his musical interests in blues, country, bluegrass, cajun, French Bal-musette, jazz, big band and swing music from the 1920s and 1930s, and they heavily influenced the soundtrack choices for his bandmate Zwigoff's 1995 Robert Crumb documentary.


Robert Crumb has released CDs anthologizing old original performances gleaned from collectible 78-rpm phonograph records.


Robert Crumb has illustrated many album covers, most prominently Cheap Thrills by Big Brother and the Holding Company and the compilation album The Music Never Stopped: Roots of the Grateful Dead.


Robert Crumb created the revised logo and record label designs of Blue Goose Records that were used from 1974 onward.


In Robert Crumb's own words, it was a lengthy drug trip on LSD that "left him fuzzy for two months" and led to him adopting the surrealistic, psychedelic style for which he has become known.


Robert Crumb has cited Carl Barks, who illustrated Disney's "Donald Duck" comic books, and John Stanley as formative influences on his narrative approach, as well as Harvey Kurtzman of Mad Magazine fame.


Robert Crumb has cited his extensive LSD use as a factor that led him to develop his unique style.


Robert Crumb remains a prominent figure, as both artist and influence, within the alternative comics milieu.


Robert Crumb is hailed as a genius by such comic book talents as Jaime Hernandez, Daniel Clowes, and Chris Ware.


Robert Crumb has received several accolades for his work, including the Inkpot Award in 1989, a nomination for the Harvey Special Award for Humor in 1990 and the Angouleme Grand Prix in 1999.


In 2017, Robert Crumb's original cover art for the 1969 Fritz the Cat collection published by Ballantine sold at auction for $717,000, the highest sale price to that point for any piece of American cartoon art.


Robert Crumb played 78-rpm records from his record room in southern France.


Robert Crumb has appeared on the show and recorded at least fourteen one-hour podcasts.


Robert Crumb first married Dana Morgan in 1964, who gave birth to their son Jesse in 1968.


Robert Crumb met cartoonist Aline Kominsky in 1972; their relationship soon turned serious and they began living together.


In 1978, Robert Crumb divorced Dana and married Aline, with whom Robert Crumb has frequently collaborated.


On New Year's Eve, December 31,2017, Robert Crumb's son was seriously injured in a car crash near Phillipsville, California, and died three days later; he was 49 years old.


Robert Crumb himself has frequently admitted his insecurity and hostility in relation to women:.


English has been quoted as saying that Robert Crumb engages in "self-indulgent fantasies" through his work, continually blurring the line between entertainment and pornography.


Robert Crumb's work is filled with unsavory images of African Americans, who are often portrayed as indigent, tribal, and caricatured.


Robert Crumb often utilized African American characters as "tokens", appearing as re-used tropes such as clowns, tribesmen, athletes, etc.


Robert Crumb sees his art as a criticism of the racist stereotype itself and assumed that the audience who read his work in the late 1960s were not racists and would understand his intentions.