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    Arcade #1 Robert Crumb Fanzine (Crumb Brothers, 1960) Condition: GD/VG. Here's an incredible find for collectors searching for rare and unusual items pertaining to Underground Comix legend Robert Crumb. From the files of Crumb's good friend (and one-time brother-in-law) Marty Pahls, comes this extremely scarce mimeographed copy of Arcade #1. This is not Arcade the Comics Review, which was published in the mid 1970s, but a much earlier "homemade" comic book featuring Robert and brother Charles Crumb's cartooning. The "Arcade" name had been used by the brothers for their own personal notebooks; this is a more finished version sent out to a few close friends, and is not listed in Don Fiene's R. Crumb Checklist. The six-page 'zine is printed in purple on single-sided sheets of 8.5" x 11" paper. The cover is a rare editorial cartoon by Robert, depicting Jimmy Hoffa and other Teamster bosses mowing down their opposition. The interior presents a five-page adaptation of Robin Hood, starring Fritz the Cat, by Robert and Charles (note: this is a tighter version of the penciled strip featured in The Complete Crumb Volume One -- it appears to be the same basic story, but redrawn with changes). The condition of the 'zine is GD/VG, with the last page detached from a single staple holding the rest together. It's very doubtful many of these survived -- probably very few were produced in the first place. As a bonus, a folded 8.5" x 11" mailer from Robert to Marty from 1959, complete with a small original sketch of a Pooh-like bear cub, is included with this lot.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2006
    19th-21st Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
    Mark A.,
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK
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