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brilliant writing
exceptional art
historical bonus 4
total score 10
Mr. Natural #2
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1st Printing / October, 1971 / 28 pages / San Francisco Comic Book Co.
In Mr. Natural #2, our favorite pseudo-swami achieves extraordianry philosophical depth without compromising his shallow underpinnings. The single-page story on the inside front cover, "Mr. Natural Does the Dishes," provides more insight on the rewards of manual labor than any other comic book in history. And it only gets better from there, with stories like "Mr. Natural" (in which Mr. Natural does not even appear) and "Sittin' Around the Kitchen Table."

This is a casually brilliant entry in Robert Crumb's massive oeuvre, but not one that should be casually overlooked.

There are five known printings of this comic book, published through a partnership of the San Francisco Comic Book Company (Gary Arlington) and Apex Novelties (Don Donahue). The first two printings have 50-cent cover prices while subsequent printings have higher prices. The 1st and 2nd printings can be distinguished by the indicia on the inside front cover. The 1st printing does NOT state "copyright 1971 by Robert Crumb" while the 2nd printing does. The 3rd printing has a 75-cent cover price. The 4th printing has a $1.00 cover price. The 5th printing has a $1.25 cover price.

Robert Crumb - 1-28
Mr. Natural 2 2nd _ Mr. Natural 2 3rd
2nd Printing
States "copyright 1971 by Robert Crumb" on IFC.
3rd Printing
75-cent cover.