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artistic comics
average writing
skilled art
historical bonus 2
total score 6
Artistic Comics

1st Printing / March, 1973 / 68 Pages / Golden Gate Publishing

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Sketches and noodlings from Robert Crumb's "secret" sketchbooks. Historically important only because Crumb's original art can sometimes command six figures at auction nowadays. Some of it is interesting, but most of it, including the drawing quality, is sub-par compared to Crumb's usual standards. Of course, I recognize that these are sketchbook cartoons that were not originally intended for publication, but I'm not grading on a different scale just for that reason. Besides, a lot of Crumb's later sketchbooks feature some really fine work.

I will allow that it is always interesting to see Crumb's mind at work, and Artistic Comics does provide those type of insights.

There are four printings of this comic book. The 1st printing (unknown copies) is by Golden Gate Publishing and has a 75-cent cover price. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th printings are all by Kitchen Sink Enterprises. The 2nd printing (5,000 copies) has a $1.00 cover price. The 3rd printing (unknown copies) has a $2.50 cover price. The 4th printing (unknown copies) has a $4.95 cover price.
Robert Crumb - 1-68