The People's Comics. Robert Crumb, Harvey Pekar.

The People's Comics

San Francisco, CA: The Golden Gate Publishing Company, 1972. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. The one & only issue of this quintessential production by Robert Crumb, subtitled "A Comic for the Broad Masses!" on front cover. Featuring "Fritz the Cat-"Superstar"" in which his famous feline creation is dispatched by a bird-woman with an ice pick. Legend has it that Crumb wanted to end any further treatments of Fritz after being disappointed in Ralph Bakshi's animated film by killing him off (to no avail). Also includes "Confessions of R. Crumb," "The R. Crumb $uck$$e$ Story" & more, all exemplifying his darkest of humor & fantasies in his obsessive-misanthropic takes on the human condition. The back cover episode, "Brilliant American Maniacs Series No. 1: Crazy Ed" is notable for being written by Harvey Pekar, who would later go on to write the American Splendor series, many of whose numbers were also illustrated by Crumb. This is the first printing of September 1972, indicated by Golden Gate Publishing Company reference & fifty-cent cover price (subsequent printings are published by Kitchen Sink Press with progressively higher cover prices). An essential Crumb classic from the golden age of underground comix, for the adult collector. In relatively fine condition, approximately equivalent to a 6.0 grade per Fogel's, CGC, etc.: Mild rubbing, creasing & discoloration of front & back covers; one very small closed tear-fold at lower right corner of front cover; mild browning & soiling to white margins of back cover. Interior fine except for browning of just-above-newspaper quality pages esp. margins & edges effecting inner front & back covers, but pages not brittle & with barely any acidic scent; very light, small wave-creases at lower corners of page leaves. Fine. [Item #2229]

Price: $75.00