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These early volumes of our multiple Harvey and Eisner Award-winning Complete Crumb Comics series have been amongst our most demanded reprints the last few years. Following last season’s reprint of the expanded Vol. 1, the first three volumes of this best-selling series will all be in print for the first time in a decade! “Starring Fritz the Cat” includes the stories that b These early volumes of our multiple Harvey and Eisner Award-winning Complete Crumb Comics series have been amongst our most demanded reprints the last few years. Following last season’s reprint of the expanded Vol. 1, the first three volumes of this best-selling series will all be in print for the first time in a decade! “Starring Fritz the Cat” includes the stories that began to build the Crumb legend: the original Fritz stories from Harvey Kurtzman’s Help! magazine in 1965, plus much rare art, some of Crumb’s long-lost American Greeting cards from the ’60s, and more. Plus, the story of Crumb’s first acid trip!


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These early volumes of our multiple Harvey and Eisner Award-winning Complete Crumb Comics series have been amongst our most demanded reprints the last few years. Following last season’s reprint of the expanded Vol. 1, the first three volumes of this best-selling series will all be in print for the first time in a decade! “Starring Fritz the Cat” includes the stories that b These early volumes of our multiple Harvey and Eisner Award-winning Complete Crumb Comics series have been amongst our most demanded reprints the last few years. Following last season’s reprint of the expanded Vol. 1, the first three volumes of this best-selling series will all be in print for the first time in a decade! “Starring Fritz the Cat” includes the stories that began to build the Crumb legend: the original Fritz stories from Harvey Kurtzman’s Help! magazine in 1965, plus much rare art, some of Crumb’s long-lost American Greeting cards from the ’60s, and more. Plus, the story of Crumb’s first acid trip!

30 review for The Complete Crumb Comics, Vol. 3: Starring Fritz the Cat

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    Continuing my project to reread and rate the entire Complete Crumb Comics, or at least all the volumes that I have, anyway. Most of these I haven't read in years ... We're creeping up on the mid 60's with this volume. My favorite in this one is probably the lengthy "Fritz the Cat Bugs Out" story. Fritz has become the completely chaotic force of nature we all know and love by this point. He gets swept up in momentary passions, takes them to ridiculous heights, and somehow manages to metaphorically Continuing my project to reread and rate the entire Complete Crumb Comics, or at least all the volumes that I have, anyway. Most of these I haven't read in years ... We're creeping up on the mid 60's with this volume. My favorite in this one is probably the lengthy "Fritz the Cat Bugs Out" story. Fritz has become the completely chaotic force of nature we all know and love by this point. He gets swept up in momentary passions, takes them to ridiculous heights, and somehow manages to metaphorically land on his feet, leaving destruction and confusion in his wake. He is now truly the superstar those familiar with the movie remember. Not bad for someone who started out as a fairly realistic depiction of the Crumb family cat back in the 50's ... Also included in this volume are examples of Crumb's cards for American Greetings and his work from Harvey Kurtzman's Help magazine. Crumb's style was still evolving. Compare, for instance, the book's cover to the panel on page 18 that it was drawn from. Crumb's reputation as one of the greats is well-deserved. Many thanks to Fantagraphics for this fine series!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    Known artistically for his vertical shading and crosshatch illustrations, as well as his crude and hypersexualized humor, this collection of comics featuring everyone’s favorite hipster cat is a brief look into the career of Robert Crumb. The third part of an expansive (and growing) series offering a complete and retrospective look into Crumb’s career primarily focuses on Fritz the Cat, an anthropomorphic cat college student looking for some kicks. Often cynical, Fritz navigates the hipster and Known artistically for his vertical shading and crosshatch illustrations, as well as his crude and hypersexualized humor, this collection of comics featuring everyone’s favorite hipster cat is a brief look into the career of Robert Crumb. The third part of an expansive (and growing) series offering a complete and retrospective look into Crumb’s career primarily focuses on Fritz the Cat, an anthropomorphic cat college student looking for some kicks. Often cynical, Fritz navigates the hipster and hippie cultures of the late 1960s with keen observations on the lack of authenticity all the while chasing girls. Think of him as Holden Caulfield, but a cat. Many of the stories and dialogue involving Fritz were later incorporated into the 1972 X-rated animated film, but there are some extra stories. In addition, there are also other stories and comics involving one-off or lesser known Crumb creations as well as a gallery of greeting card illustrations. A product of his era, Crumb was a very controversial cartoonist. Often times, minorities were featured poorly and his greatest creation, Fritz, had misogynistic tendencies and was surrounded by female characters depicted as aloof and naïve. In the forward to this volume, it was discussed that Fritz was designed to be the opposite of his creator. Despite his status as a cult cartoonist with a considerable body of offensive work, Crumb remains a legendary and still relevant figure in cartoons and comics.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alex Firer

    I will never give any of these volumes less than five stars but this one was kind of weak. It's the kind of weakness though that comes from a person figuring out how to do what he does at a professional level and trying to get it as right as possible. No overwhelming grotesqueness and weird artistic flourish yet but some great stories. I'm reading Tennessee Williams' 20's concurrently as I read through Crumb's and of course live through my own and it's very nice to see everyone being a big weird I will never give any of these volumes less than five stars but this one was kind of weak. It's the kind of weakness though that comes from a person figuring out how to do what he does at a professional level and trying to get it as right as possible. No overwhelming grotesqueness and weird artistic flourish yet but some great stories. I'm reading Tennessee Williams' 20's concurrently as I read through Crumb's and of course live through my own and it's very nice to see everyone being a big weirdo. When Tennessee Williams was my age he just learned to masturbate according to that Lahr book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Up to this point, Crumb had been unrepresented in my comic book collection (except his art in American Splendor!), so I was really looking forward to this book. Sadly, I may have picked the wrong Crumb book to start with. Vol. 3 was produced largely while Crumb was working for a card company and doing his comics on the side. He was clearly still learning the trade, and all of this book was produced before he'd moved to San Francisco and begun his most legendary strips. That said, there are some a Up to this point, Crumb had been unrepresented in my comic book collection (except his art in American Splendor!), so I was really looking forward to this book. Sadly, I may have picked the wrong Crumb book to start with. Vol. 3 was produced largely while Crumb was working for a card company and doing his comics on the side. He was clearly still learning the trade, and all of this book was produced before he'd moved to San Francisco and begun his most legendary strips. That said, there are some amusing, sharp comics in this book, but it is largely juvenile humor at this stage of his development. The Silly Pidgeons is cute, but nothing that leaps beyond the wit of many other comic strip cartoonists. The early Fritz strips ramble on, but they ramble with energy and enthusiasm, even when they lack for intent. "Fritz the Cat Bugs Out" was the clear highlight of the book. It was a genuinely entertaining, reasonably smart strip that popped off the page with Crumb's excitement. The other strips had the energy of a young cartoonist, but not the smarts of a mature one. It was definitely interesting to see some of Crumb's more formative cartoons, but this is not an essential volume.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Some good stories featuring Fritz the Cat. Not too happy with the format or size of this series, but the paper quality and binding is nice. I really love the more crazy misogynistic stuff by Crumb, and this is fairly tame compared to most of the stuff that I have read. This is a fun concept. Take a character, make him cute and then make him do some bad things. Had the character been human and creepy looking, this would have been a flop.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    I've been reading Crumb comics here and there since high school, and I've always been enamored with it. This particular volume gives us an introduction to Crumb's most notorious creation, Fritz the Cat, an oversexed, underemployed furry ball of pretense that reminds me a great deal of my college roommate at his scummy, Camus-quoting, skirt-chasing depths. It was pretty funny when I was 16 or whatever, but now that I'm surrounded by horny twenty-something bohemians, its all the funnier.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Gotta be honest: i didn't read or even look at much of this book, including the surprisingly long introduction. Mr Crumb's work just isn't for me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ben

  9. 5 out of 5

    Granit Hysiqi

  10. 4 out of 5

    Roberto Condado conde

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stinkfoot

  12. 5 out of 5

    Quite

  13. 5 out of 5

    Word Ninja

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tim Verbelen

  16. 4 out of 5

    Keith

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ib

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robert Boyd

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jack Tripper

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jake Kelly

  21. 4 out of 5

    connor

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erik

  23. 5 out of 5

    Patological Animal

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Rodney

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    Wilmer Wolf

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    Steve Ellerhoff

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    Peter

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paul

  30. 4 out of 5

    George Schmoe

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