DescriptionRobert Crumb "Arcade June 1964" Sketchbook Cover Original Art (1964). Robert Crumb knew from an early age that he wanted to be a comic book artist. After all, Robert and his siblings had their own "comics club," with each child drawing their own comic as they grew up in the early 1950s. When Robert came into his own as an artist in his teens, he kept sketchbooks that he numbered as part of a faux series he called Arcade. Here is the hand-drawn cover to his mid-1964 sketchbook, created by the twenty-year-old Crumb two years after joining the art staff at Cleveland's American Greetings company. It was at American Greetings that Crumb first started using Rapidograph mechanical ink pens, which he used here. The art is in ink on a piece of 8.5" x 11" purple metallic-finish cardboard, with an approximate image area of 8.25" x 10", including the masthead lettering. The board has quite a bit of handling wear and creasing, but the image itself remains in Very Good condition. The art has been professionally framed with Plexiglas, for an overall size of 11" x 13.5". Stickers on the backside of the frame indicate this piece was displayed at several art shows and galleries.
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