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    Robert Crumb Head Comix Unused Cover Original Art (1968). Submitted for your approval -- a most unusual R. Crumb item! "Head Comix" was a title Crumb had played around with quite a bit in the months leading to his first true Underground comic book, Zap Comix #1. There are several unused comic book covers with this title that Crumb created in 1967-68, during the time he was getting one-page strips published in places like East Village Other and Yarrowstalks, including pages titled "Head Comix." When Viking Press offered to publish an oversized book edition of those and other strips in 1968, Crumb decided to once again to pull out this favored title, and he created several versions of a cover for the Head Comix book. This spectacular design is one of them, and is perhaps the least known of all the different versions. Created in full color using Prismacolor pencils and sheets of yellow, orange, and red film, it's a knock-out. The animated light bulb was another reoccurring theme; a version made it to the final finished cover, along with an animated tree. Even the lightning bolts that surround the image here made their way to the final design, as small black elements by the "Introduction by Paul Krassner" blurb at the bottom of the cover.
    The art is on a sheet of Bristol board, with an approximate image area of 9.5" x 13"; it's matted and framed with Plexiglas for an overall size of 19" x 21". And while not formally signed (other than the name as part of the title), this alternate cover piece was originally obtained from Alexander Galleries, a long-time authorized dealer in R. Crumb art. There is minor handling wear along the outer borders, but the overall condition is Excellent.

    More information about Robert Crumb, also known as Crumb, Robert, Robert Crumb, Crumb, R., R. Crumb.

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