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Robert Crumb Zap Comix #0 Complete 3-Page Story "Ducks Yas Yas" Original Art (Apex Novelties, 1968).... (Total: 3 Original Art)

2014 February 20 - 22 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction - New York #7087

 
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Auction Ended On: Feb 21, 2014
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Location: Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

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Robert Crumb Zap Comix #0 Complete 3-Page Story "Ducks Yas Yas" Original Art (Apex Novelties, 1968). "This is a story about big city blues, about the stoned out gurus, hopped-up saints and flunked out hipsters who roam the streets and stay up all night and don't watch television!" So begins this three-page saga of a 1960s New York stoner and his quest for spiritual enlightenment (...or cash, drugs, or sex -- whichever comes first). It's a true hippy comix classic, the quintessential R. Crumb comic strip. It was created while Crumb was still mostly unknown to all except those few free thinkers that happened to pick up one of the 1967 Underground newspapers like East Village Other that carried the occasional comic strips Robert submitted. Encouraged by the publisher of one of those papers to do a complete comic book, Crumb hid out in his San Francisco apartment in October, 1967 and dashed out pages like mad for what was to be Zap Comix #1 -- until that publisher ran off with the art. Crumb spent the next month doing a second book that would up as issue #1; when Xerox copies of the first book's art turned up, they were published as Zap #0 (as #1 and 2 had already been released by then). Finally, years later, the art was returned to Robert (actually to his estranged wife, who, along with lawyer Albert Morse, promptly sold the pages). According to Robert, he never got the chance to see the art or use it to reprint the book, which remained in print using those slightly retouched photocopies.
The artwork was drawn with the Rapidograph mechanical pens that Crumb had brought with him from Cleveland and his job at American Greetings, where he designed humorous greeting cards. Most of the art was put down freehand in ink right on sketchbook paper, although a few panels were loosely sketched-in using a pencil The image areas for each page averaged 7.5" x 10". There's a hint of handling wear in the outer borders, but the artwork remains in Excellent condition, which is quite remarkable considering the times in which they were created. Pages 1 and 3 were signed in later years by Crumb.
Finding any published R. Crumb comic book original art from this period is remarkable, but getting the chance to bid on a complete story like this is practically unheard of. It may never happen again, as most stories wind up being sold page by page. Don't let the chance to own a cultural treasure from the bygone 1960s like this slip past, Crumb collectors!

Crumb, Robert:Robert Crumb was born on August 30, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He and his four brothers and sisters all produced home-made comics as children. Crumb's fist published work was as an artist for American Greetings cards. In 1967, Crumb moved to San Francisco, where he produced the first issue of Zap Comix, which kickstarted the entire Underground Comix movement. Among his famous creations are Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural. He was the subject of Terry Zwigoff's 1994 documentary film, Crumb. Robert Crumb and his wife, cartoonist Aline, currently live in France.. Underground cartoonist

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