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Another year's worth of prize Crumb here, folks — including the second issue of Zap!, the introduction of Angelfood McSpade, lots and lots of Mr. Natural, the long Fritz story "Fritz the No-Good," and plenty of little-seen and rare art, plus all of Crumb's contributions to the legendary Snatch comics, possibly the raunchiest book in the raunchy history of the undergrounds. Another year's worth of prize Crumb here, folks — including the second issue of Zap!, the introduction of Angelfood McSpade, lots and lots of Mr. Natural, the long Fritz story "Fritz the No-Good," and plenty of little-seen and rare art, plus all of Crumb's contributions to the legendary Snatch comics, possibly the raunchiest book in the raunchy history of the undergrounds. There's also a jam or two with some of the other Zap! artists, the little-seen alternate version of the famous Janis Joplin Cheap Thrills album cover, the alternate version of the cover to Zap #3... all wrapped up with Crumb's hilarious new cover and an extensive set of photographically illustrated biographical notes from Crumb himself.


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Another year's worth of prize Crumb here, folks — including the second issue of Zap!, the introduction of Angelfood McSpade, lots and lots of Mr. Natural, the long Fritz story "Fritz the No-Good," and plenty of little-seen and rare art, plus all of Crumb's contributions to the legendary Snatch comics, possibly the raunchiest book in the raunchy history of the undergrounds. Another year's worth of prize Crumb here, folks — including the second issue of Zap!, the introduction of Angelfood McSpade, lots and lots of Mr. Natural, the long Fritz story "Fritz the No-Good," and plenty of little-seen and rare art, plus all of Crumb's contributions to the legendary Snatch comics, possibly the raunchiest book in the raunchy history of the undergrounds. There's also a jam or two with some of the other Zap! artists, the little-seen alternate version of the famous Janis Joplin Cheap Thrills album cover, the alternate version of the cover to Zap #3... all wrapped up with Crumb's hilarious new cover and an extensive set of photographically illustrated biographical notes from Crumb himself.

30 review for The Complete Crumb Comics, Vol. 5: Happy Hippy Comix

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    More of the comics that made Crumb a superstar of the underground. There's markedly more sex and violence in this volume than in previous ones, as Crumb began pushing the envelope more often. At this point, underground comics were a phenomenon and everyone was exploring the limits of the form. We also see the first jam pages in this book, with Crumb collaborating with Spain Rodriguez, S. Clay Wilson, Victor Moscosso, and others. His own first books were also being published around this time: More of the comics that made Crumb a superstar of the underground. There's markedly more sex and violence in this volume than in previous ones, as Crumb began pushing the envelope more often. At this point, underground comics were a phenomenon and everyone was exploring the limits of the form. We also see the first jam pages in this book, with Crumb collaborating with Spain Rodriguez, S. Clay Wilson, Victor Moscosso, and others. His own first books were also being published around this time: Head Comics and Fritz the Cat. If this volume is a touch less mind-blowing than the previous, it's probably simply that his underground style was peaking at this point, and, content-wise, he seems to be casting further and further afield for fresh material. This is still excellent work, but the future beckons ...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    Too sober to be receptive to stoner humour

  3. 5 out of 5

    John

    Often brings to mind Bosch, but, while Crumb is untethered from the olive stake of organized Christianity, he seems the more conservative of the two... Nevertheless, the Crumbian Kozmos is, like the rest of them, suitably sordid and, insofar as it can be yielded to, comforting. Surely you could do worse than conceive of God as a beclothed bunny observing you through "THAT GREAT KOZMIC TV NETWORK IN THE SKY," smiling in commiseration at your meager ambitions, your masturbatory thrills: "POOR OL' Often brings to mind Bosch, but, while Crumb is untethered from the olive stake of organized Christianity, he seems the more conservative of the two... Nevertheless, the Crumbian Kozmos is, like the rest of them, suitably sordid and, insofar as it can be yielded to, comforting. Surely you could do worse than conceive of God as a beclothed bunny observing you through "THAT GREAT KOZMIC TV NETWORK IN THE SKY," smiling in commiseration at your meager ambitions, your masturbatory thrills: "POOR OL' DIRTY DOG! BUT HE'S HAPPY!"

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pigeon

    I'm a big fan of Crumb's and I think this was written at his prime, not huge on his earlier or later stuff, this is some of his best in my opinion. Filled with, somewhat vulgar, sex scenes and controversial subjects, crumb lays his insecurities and his deep emotional struggles on paper and it's a beautiful thing. A modern must read!

  5. 5 out of 5

    kubby

    okay, this is one i've had to read for class. and well, it's hard. while there are things i like about crumb, there is much i don't like. this book contains racism, sexism and rape scenes. some if it i could see maybe what he was trying to convey, but sometimes not and what would a non-discerning reader think? that these things are okay?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dane Martin

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

  8. 5 out of 5

    Robert Boyd

  9. 4 out of 5

    Don Fuller

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rogerio Silva

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hank Kirton

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ted

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michael Nash

  14. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Desrochers

  15. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marc Ternes

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jimi

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amélie Beauchesne

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hal Johnson

  20. 4 out of 5

    connor

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mountmoldy

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erica Flake

  23. 5 out of 5

    Phil

  24. 4 out of 5

    Charlie 3000

  25. 5 out of 5

    Craven Lovelace

  26. 4 out of 5

    Äshley Krälin

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jake Kelly

  30. 5 out of 5

    Acton Northrop

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