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    Robert Crumb Despair "It's Really Too Bad" Story Page 1 Original Art (Print Mint, 1969). Although he spent years working up to it, Robert Crumb seemed to be an overnight sensation with the publication of Zap Comix #1 and his infamous cover art for Janis Joplin (the Big Brother and the Holding Company album, Cheap Thrills) in 1968. His early stories were pretty carefree tales of hippies getting stoned, populated with crazy characters like Eggs Ackley, Shuman the Human, and Mr. Natural. Just as the mood on Haight Street quickly turned sour after the "Summer of Love," a dark mood soon crept into Crumb's work. Case in point is the solo comic Despair, from which this somber page was taken. But, as the page says, "Why dwell on it? Let's have a party!"
    The art is in ink on Bristol board, with an image size of 8" x 12", in a floating mat and framed with Plexiglas for an overall size of 16.25" x 10.25". Stickers on the reverse side of the frame indicate this page was included in two recent important exhibits of R. Crumb art in Paris and Los Angeles. It was also featured in the oversized hardcover book documenting the 2012 Paris exhibit, R. Crumb De l'underground a la Genese. The art board has some minor handling, toning, and edge wear, and a few small stains in the outer borders. Very Good overall condition. It's prime 1960s R. Crumb art, and that about says it all! From the Eric Sack Collection.

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