Another Crumby cartoon

Robert Crumb's "A Short History of America."

Robert Crumb’s “A Short History of America.”

A classic Robert Crumb print, “A Short History of America,” now adorns a wall in the Mad Dog Media nerve center, thanks to the generosity of Herself the Elder.

I’ve shown her this one, but am withholding his (ahem) more outré offerings. Not everybody is ready to get Zapped.

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30 Responses to “Another Crumby cartoon”

  1. charlespelkey Says:


    I have the same print in my home office.

  2. Larry T. Says:

    Way cool! We have a couple of nicely framed Jef Mallet pieces in the swanky offices of CycleItalia here in frozen Iowa. He dressed Frazz up in CycleItalia kit just for us while featuring him in our windvest in a strip back in 2006.
    Back-in-the-day I searched long and hard for a t-shirt with the Crumb “Get your s__t together” images of the two, well…..objects walking arm-in-arm…only to have it vanish come laundry time, courtesy of Mom.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I remember that one, Larry. I still have a bunch of original Zap Comix from back in the day, along with “The Complete Fritz the Cat,” starring a character Crumb had murdered by icepick after Fritz became (in Crumb’s words) “the star of a bad-taste full length animated cartoon feature film.” Also got “The R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book,” which is chock full of goodies.

      Jef is a good dude. Since we don’t take a newspaper I need to get in the habit of reading his stuff online. “Frazz” is a fun bit of work.

  3. Jon Paulos Says:

    Nice print and nice framing job too. That Crumb guy does good work.

  4. Libby Says:

    I like the Crumb. I like the new banner, too. I always wish that a banner update on a blog didn’t eliminate the previous version when I look back. I need a grid of all your banners a la Crumb.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      NYT, new and improved!

      Thanks, Libby. The new banner is a riff on a New York Times bug that a friend sent me (above). But man, a grid of all my banners? I’ve had a website since the Nineties — that would take up some serious wall space.

      • Libby Says:

        Thanks for ‘splaining, Patrick. I like irreverence and funny – faster is for bikes and sleek is for felines. You are already intuitive.

  5. JimI Says:

    I have Crumb’s THE BOOK OF GENESIS fantastic illustrations!!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      That one I don’t have — an oversight I need to correct. I do have Gilbert Shelton’s “Give Me Liberty: A Revised History of the American Revolution.” It’s a collaboration with Red Richards, Gary Hallgren and Willy Murphy. The Lord was not involved, as far as I know.

  6. veloben Says:

    An excellent rendering of history that needs a few more panels these days, one with a wind farm and one with a pipe line spill ought to do it. Sound track – the Canadian Railway Trilogy.

    I too am the proud holder of a Jeff Mallet original panel – the one done not of Frazz, but another cyclist on a trainer reading a spill proof kids books as that’s all the librarians will let the cyclist have during the winter months. The drawing depicts copious amount of sweat.

    Another vote for Crumb’s Book of Genesis.

  7. khal spencer Says:

    Good one, O’G, and it should be updated to the early 21st century. Agree with Larry on the Tommy Toilet print being appropriate for a bike shop. Actually…hmmm…it might surreptitiously find a way into certain cans at a workplace I know.

  8. David R Says:

    Many moons ago one of my oldest friends lived in Winters, outside Davis California. We were having breakfast in the Putah Creek Cafe in “downtown” Winters – highly recommended by the way – when in comes none other than R. Crumb his own self. I knew he lived in the area and asked the cafe owner if he came in often. The owner was surprised I knew of Crumb and said yes, he did and would I like to meet him. Told me that Crumb could be VERY difficult sometimes – well, really all the time – but would very occasionally give an audience to someone who was a real fan of his work. I assured him I was a real fan and he later set a date for me to meet him, at the cafe again.

    Long story longer, he turned out to be a very gentle, very funny, but kind of timid man. I had somewhat expected lunacy or rudeness – I didn’t know what to expect really, but not what he turned out to be. We had a nice chat; he talked about getting out of Winters because of the yuppie invasion – turns out this was just before he moved to France – and he signed my copy of Bukowski’s Bring Me Your Love that I had brought. I told him I thought he was brilliant and he said “I don’t think so”, but he smiled when he said it. It was a nice morning.

  9. Herb in NH Says:

    The documentary is fascinating…and disturbing. Well worth watching for any true Crumb fan. From his occasional stuff in the New Yorker these days, I’d say the boy is mellowing in his dotage, but I always check the backgrounds and edges of the panels for the possibility of some of that good old rude madness.

    • David R Says:

      That film is both of those and more Herb. Truly a unique man. I’ve often wondered what goes on in his dreams.

  10. swellschultz Says:

    One of my favorites. The boss has one. I have a couple otehrs. Crumby is good.

  11. hurbenbHurben Says:

    You people are Sickos. the man’s a degenerate, Mr Natural would kick the shit out of all of you!!

  12. Larry T. Says:

    Tommy Toilet has now been printed, framed and hangs in the downstairs (shop) bathroom.

  13. khal spencer Says:

    Hey, Patrick. When did you change the header on your blog?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Couple days ago, K. I got tired of looking at the old one. Couple minutes with Photoshop and wowie zowie! New header. Or “flag,” as we old newspaper types call it.

      I’ve thought about changing the WordPress theme, too, but this one’s so clean I hate to fiddle with it.

      • khal spencer Says:

        “Masthead” in Britspeak, right?

        Looks nice!

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Actually, old bean, “masthead” is where one lists the publication’s publishers, owners and editors. Comes from seafaring, where the word refers to the top part of a ship’s mast. Pip pip, wot?

        Glad you like it. I get a hankering for something different now and then.

  14. Randy Emerick Says:

    Glad you are hip to the Crumb documentary film. When it was sprung on me, it caught me completely by surprise.
    Although most folks associate Robert Crumb with the psychedelic era and its music, he is actually a fan of 1920s music, and I think he is now playing (mandolin? or something) with a group in Europe that reflects his tastes.
    By the way, I don’t ride anymore, but I hung around because of your excellent writing style.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thanks, Randy. Me, I ride less but write more. If only keyboard-pounding equaled pedal-pounding in terms of calories burned, eh?

      Yeah, I think Crumb has always been something of a fish out of water. Drawing album covers for Big Brother and the Holding Company with one hand and playing Twenties tunes with the other.

      Incidentally, Crumb’s old band, The Cheap Suit Serenaders, has some stuff on iTunes.

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