Underground Treasures

Crumb’s complete sketchbooks part 2: The early years – from The Yum Yum Book to Snatch, Zap, and Despair and Weirdo

This six-book boxed set is based on the original seven-volume series released by the German publisher Zweitausendeins between 1981 and 1997. Unlike this previous edition, which included every doodle ever made by the preeminent underground artist, our edition has been personally curated by the notoriously fastidious artist to include only what he considers his best work, reproduced directly from the original sketchbooks. This slip-cased set is made with loving attention to detail in a size and format selected by the artist. Each book in the set contains 224 pages, for a total of 1,344 pages of prime Crumb from the artist’s most prolific, early period. The set includes a handwritten introduction, many pages of original color works, and 50 redrawn images distinctly different from the original works. Each set in this 1,000-copy limited edition also includes a signed, authenticated color art print of a collectible Crumb original.

With Robert Crumb’s original art setting records at auction (the cover art for Mr. Natural #1 sold for $ 101,575 at Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries in 2007), this limited edition with signed print is sure to increase in value and be sought both as an investment by collectors and as a stunning addition to any Crumb fan’s library.

Gurls! Sex!
Pen and ink on paper (July 11, 1975), now hand-colored by Robert Crumb for a signed lithograph in this collector’s set
19 x 19 cm / 7,5 x 7,5 in. (image size)
25,5 x 20 cm / 10 x 7,9 in. (paper size)
(Frame not included)

  • The slipcased set is made with loving attention to detail in a size and format selected by the artist.
  • Each book in the boxed set contains 224 pages, for a total of 1,344 pages of prime Crumb.
  • The set includes a hand-written introduction by Robert Crumb.
  • Each set of this 1,000-copy limited edition also includes a signed color art print of the Crumb original
The artist:
Robert Crumb was born in Philadelphia in 1943 and was encouraged by his older brother Charles to draw comics in childhood. He credits his mid-’60s LSD use with turning him to the underground style that made his fame, best illustrated in the comics Zap, Snatch, Big Ass, Weirdo, and Hup. He has released scores of books, including TASCHEN’s Sex Obsessions (2007), and is the subject of the biographical film Crumb (1994). He lives in France with his wife, Aline Kominsky-Crumb.

The editor:
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 60+ books for TASCHEN include The Art of Pin-up and Psychedelic Sex. She lives in Los Angeles.
Robert Crumb. Sketchbooks 1964–1982 (Collector's Edition)

Robert Crumb. Sketchbooks 1964–1982

Dian Hanson
Print in portfolio (pen and ink on paper, hand-colored lithograph), paper size 25,5 x 20 cm (10 x 7,9 in.), 6 hardcover volumes in slipcase
$ 1,000
Edition: English
Availability: In Stock
  • Reviews
“One of the most impressive sketchbook collections you are likely to ever see.”
— Complex.com, New York, United States
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Vanessa del Rio, Art Edition (Collector's Edition)
Few left Vanessa del Rio, Art Edition
Hardcover in clamshell box with DVD and print in portfolio, 11.8 x 11.8 in., 396 pages
$ 1,800
Robert Crumb. Sketchbooks 1982–2011 (Collector's Edition)
Robert Crumb. Sketchbooks 1982–2011
Hardcover, 6 vols. in slipcase with print in portfolio, 8.1 x 10.6 in., 1344 pages
$ 1,000