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    Robert Crumb - XYZ Comics Cover Original Art (Kitchen Sink, 1972). It's the Last Word in Comics -- XYZ! This incredible cover image, done during the very height of R. Crumb's most popular period, is a true modern masterpiece. It's easy to spot Crumb's influences here -- the look of old Dell comics, circa 1948 (when a young Bobby Crumb first discovered the joys of the comic book format). Robert and his siblings spent most of their spare time not only reading comic books, but cranking out their own versions. But by the mid-1970s, Crumb was starting to show a certain weariness to his work, as more and more demands were placed on him. Here then, is one of the last of the projects done before Crumb's eventual burn-out. Doing XYZ was a real joy for the artist. The first half of the book was a sequence of unrelated panels, each done while listening to a selected record from Crumb's massive collection of old 78s. A first-printing copy of the comic has been included in this lot, and you can trace the artist's mood from page to page. The cover, featuring a dim-looking couple surrounded by small character drawings, remains one of the most upbeat things in the book. The art was primarily done freehand in ink (a few light pencil lines do show through) on thin bristol board, measuring 11" x 13.75". There is light tape residue along the outside edges, and the pasted-on Kitchen Sink logo has left a glue stain that has permeated the paper around it, but otherwise, the art is in Excellent condition. This cover was acquired by the current owner shortly after it was completed, and has never been offered for sale; considering the action surrounding our recent sale of another important Crumb cover, we expect some very serious bidding. It's Crumb, it's classic, it's Krazy Kool!

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    May, 2008
    22nd-23rd Thursday-Friday
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