Category: Books,Arts & Photography,Individual Artists

Robert Crumb. Sketchbook. Vol. 2: 1968–1975 Details

Review “Fans of caustic humor, alienation, and luxurious pubic hair rejoice.”“The underground comic artist and gifted dirty old man handpicks his finest unsavory doodles.” Read more About the Author Dian Hanson produced a variety of men’s magazines from 1976 to 2001, including Juggs, Outlaw Biker, and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN’s Sexy Book Editor. Her titles include the “body part” series, The Art of Pin-up, Psychedelic Sex, and Ren Hang.Robert Crumb first found fame with Zap comics in 1968. Subsequent comics include Snatch, Big Ass, Despair, Weirdo and Hup. He starred in the Oscar nominated 1994 film Crumb, and has produced many books, including TASCHEN’s Sex Obsessions. Read more


Usually I prefer finished artwork to sketchbook material. But I am especially interested in this particular volume of the Crumb Sketchbooks because it dates from his late twenties, the age when a person matures into full adulthood and usually completes the developmental cycle psychology researcher Daniel J Levinson referred to as the Early Adult Transition. Crumb seems to demonstrate that life stage transition in drawings collected herein. Somewhere around one-third of the way into this volume Crumb's sketches suddenly explode with the neurotic quirks and fetishes he continued to refine obsessively for the rest of his long influential career.The volumes in this series planned for publication after this one will collect sketches from years when Crumb's fame and popularity grew so they will appeal more broadly to underground comix fans and art book readers in general.However, this might be the single most important volume in the series because it covers the period when Crumb's psychological quirks started to infuse his work.The format size, paper stock, and printing quality more than do justice to these sketches. I wish the affordable edition of Crumb's _Sex Obsessions_ book had been formatted in this size rather than the somewhat smaller lower-budget one it was published in.