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Connections: R. Crumb and Kevin C. Brown

From Snoid Comics (1980), here’s “A Short History of America” by R. Crumb, along with Kevin C. Brown’s “An Autobiography” from Eclipse Magazine #7 (November 1982):








Hey! The 15-panel poster version of “A Short History of America” is still available, new, from an online seller. It’s a lovely piece of work, no doubt, but I have to say, I actually prefer the 12-panel version, which didn’t attempt to predict the future but instead was simply a clear-eyed meditation on how America had changed from the arrival of the railway up until the late 1970s, when Crumb drew the strip.

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Heads Up: Fantagraphics to publish the EC Comics Library and the Complete ZAP Comix

Two big news stories were unleashed yesterday via the Fantagraphics FLOG! Blog!


Fantagraphics Books to Publish the EC Comics Library by Gary Groth. Here are a couple of excerpts:

    The first four books in the series [writes Groth] will be:

  1. “Corpse on the Imjin” and Other Stories
    by Harvey Kurtzman. This will reprint all the war stories Kurtzman wrote and drew himself in Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat, including all 23 of his covers — each a masterpiece in its own right. This volume will also include all the war stories that Kurtzman wrote and laid out but were drawn by artists who weren’t regularly featured in his war books: Gene Colan, Joe Kubert, Alex Toth, Dave Berg, Ric Estrada, Russ Heath, and others. (The regulars were Jack Davis, John Severin, Wally Wood, and George Evans, each of whom will later be the subject of their own war comics collections). Kurtzman’s war comics are still considered to be the gold standard for the genre, with a devotion not only to historical accuracy but also to resisting any impulse to glamorize wartime; a WWII veteran himself, Kurtzman’s humanistic approach was in stark contrast to the simp- leminded, jingoistic efforts of EC’s rival publishers, and paved the way for other popular media to depict the true face of war.
  2. “Came the Dawn” and Other Stories by Wally Wood: Though often remembered for his science-fiction work, Wood’s heavy, noirish brushstrokes were perfectly suited for EC’s rough-hewn suspense stories in (the appropriately titled) Shock SuspenStories and this volume will collect them all for the first time.
  3. Jack Davis’s horror stories (exact title t.b.a.): Jack Davis’s gift for caricature has made him an icon in the advertising world and helped define MAD magazine, but he was also one of the most versatile cartoonists of his generation; after “Ghastly” Graham Ingels, Davis was EC’s most prolific horror artist, appearing in all three of EC’s horror titles — Haunt of Fear, Vault of Horror, and Crypt of Terror. This will collect the entirety of Davis’s horror work, all of which was written by Al Feldstein.
  4. Al Williamson’s science-fiction stories (exact title t.b.a.): EC published two SF comics — Weird Fantasy and Weird Science — and Williamson was one of the stars, with an illustrative style that carried on the tradition of the great adventure comic strips like Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon. This volume will compile all 174 pages of Williamson’s SF stories.


Fantagraphics will be publishing four EC collections a year, beginning in Summer 2012.

“Corpse on the Imjin” and Other Stories
By: Harvey Kurtzman et al.
Release Date: July 2012
ISBN: 978-1-60699-545-7
Black & White • Hardcover • 7” x 10”

“Came the Dawn” and Other Stories
By: Wally Wood, Al Feldstein, et al.
Release Date: July 2012
ISBN: 978-1-60699-546-4
Black & White • Hardcover • 7” x 10”


Fantagraphics to Publish The Complete ZAP Comix by Eric Reynolds. Here are a couple of snippets:

The Complete ZAP Comix will be published as a two-volume, slipcased hardcover set, printed slightly larger than the original comics, and shot from the original negatives to the comic books, ensuring the finest reproduction ever seen of the material. It will also include the rarely-seen ZAM, a one-shot mini-comic/jam spinoff of ZAP from 1974, as well as other supplementary features, interviews with the artists, and other surprises.


Fantagraphics will be publishing The Complete ZAP Comix in Fall of 2012.

The Complete ZAP Comix
By: R. Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, Robert Williams, Spain Rodriguez,
Gilbert Shelton, Victor Moscoso, Rick Griffin, & Paul Mavrides
Release Date: Fall 2012
Page Count: 800 PP
Black & White • Two-Volume, Slipcased Hardcover Set

According to Reynolds, The Complete ZAP Comix collection will be designed by Victor Moscoso.

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Uneeda Comics Slipcase

If you are like me, and bought all of the softcover volumes of The Complete Crumb Comics, you will want about four of these:

From the Fantagraphics catalogue:

WAREHOUSE FIND! These handsome, sturdy clothbound slipcases are designed to hold 5 volumes of the softcover editions of The Complete Crumb Comics series. (Note: Hardcover volumes will not fit.) They are stamped in gold with a Crumb logo and art on the front and spine. Books not included. Supplies are limited, so order today!

I placed my order yesterday. How about you?

UPDATE (22 May 2010):

I just checked the link to the Fantagraphics catalogue, and it looks as though the Crumb slipcases are sold out. So I’ve deleted the link, but I’m leaving the eye candy.