Underground treasures

1,344 pages of Crumb's hand-picked selections from his notebooks

This six-book boxed set is the first collection of Robert Crumb sketches to be printed from the original art since the hard-bound, slipcased, seven volume series issued by the German publisher Zweitausendeins between 1981 and 1997. Unlike the Zweitausendeins edition, which included every doodle ever made by the preeminent underground artist, our best-of edition has been personally edited by the notoriously fastidious artist to include only what he considers his finest work, including hundreds of late period drawings not published in previous sketchbook collections. Robert Crumb requested that the books representing the second half of his career be published first due to fan demand for new Crumb material (Volumes 7-12 cover the period 1982-2011, and the forthcoming Volumes 1-6 will cover the period 1964-1981).

In the last 20 years Crumb’s artistic output has slowed considerably, making new works more rare and highly prized. This collection of over 600 unseen drawings created between 1982 and 2011 makes this a must-have collectible for every Crumb fan.


 
  • 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 Little Guy That Lives Inside My Brain



The Little Guy That Lives Inside My Brain

Pigment print
23 x 18.4 cm / 9.1 x 7.2 in. (image), 25.5 x 20 cm / 10 x 7.9 in. (sheet)
(Frame not included)
The editor:
Dian Hanson was born in Seattle in 1951. For 25 years she produced various men’s magazines, including Puritan, Juggs and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN’s sexy book editor in 2001. Her many books for TASCHEN include The New Erotic Photography Vol. 2 and Robert Crumb: Sketchbooks 1982-2011. She lives in Los Angeles.

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.
Robert Crumb. Sketchbooks 1982–2011 (Collector's Edition)

Robert Crumb. Sketchbooks 1982–2011

Print in portfolio (pen and ink on paper, hand-colored lithograph, 19 x 19 cm / 7.5 x 7.5 in. image, 25.5 x 20 cm / 10 x 7.9 in. sheet) with 6 hardcover volumes in slipcase
$ 1,000
Edition: English
Availability: In Stock
  • Reviews
“The underground comic and gifted dirty old man handpicks his finest unsavory doodles.”
— The Huffington Post, New York, United States
  • See also
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Hardcover in clamshell box with DVD and print in portfolio, 11.8 x 11.8 in., 396 pages
$ 1,800

Fifty years of slightly slutty behavior. Limited edition of 200 copies
Robert Crumb. Sketchbooks 1964–1982 (Collector's Edition)
New! Robert Crumb. Sketchbooks 1964–1982
Hardcover in clamshell box with DVD and print in portfolio, 11.8 x 11.8 in., 396 pages
$ 1,000

The best of Crumb, selected by Crumb. Reproduced directly from the artist's original sketchbooks, this six-book box set features Robert Crumb's personal curation of what he considers his best work from his prolific early period of 1964–1981. Includes a handwritten introduction, many original color works and a signed, authenticated color art print. Limited edition of 1,000 copies.