Robert Crumb Original Art On A1968 Note To Jay Lynch. Underground Comix. For Sale
Back in l968, when we were putting together the first issue of BIJOU Funnies, Robert Crumb was staying at my pad in Chicago. So one day he went over to his then brother-in-law Marty Pahls' house to have dinner with Marty. So he left me this note , penciled in blue pencil on the back of a piece of paper that had a Howard Shoemaker cartoon printed on the back of it which we ran in a mag we did before BIJOU called THE CHICAGO MIRROR. In order to save dough on screened photostat costs, we would have stuff with greys in it printed in minimal press runs of 25 copies or so in a now defunct process that was called "Instant Print" at the time. It cost less than a stat, and the quality was better than a stat...so that's how we screened the grays for the stuff in the old CHICAGO MIRROR. This left us with 24 extra copies that we didn't need to print from, so we used the backs as scratch paper. This was all before computers and Photoshop, you see. So twas on the back of one of these things that Robert wrote this note. While the note was a disposable object back then, NOW this note is an is an important document of the earliest stages of underground comix history. So the Crumb note is original art...and on the back of it is printed art. It's on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. I darkened the middle scan a little, so you can see how the printed Shoemaker cartoon is on the reverse side of the paper. I remember back then that there was a layer of dust and grease on my living room window...and Crumb drew a picture in pencil on the dust film of a goofy character saying "Clean me!" However, when I moved, the landlord most likely DID clean the window...and the Crumb illo was lost to history. Ha ha ha! If my jerkboy landlord is reading this...that window with the Crumb illo on it would be worth thousands today!
Now I am gonna say some other stuff so that people who search the titles and descriptions will wind up on this page. In the late 1960s, I published the first issue of BIJOU FUNNIES, one of the first three so-called "underground comix" ever published. In the pages of BIJOU FUNNIES I published the work of Robert Crumb and Art Spiegelman. In the early days, the underground comix didn't make much dough, so me and Crumb and Spiegelman also did work for Topps bubble gum designing their novelty trading cards. The underground comix were our first love then, though. The gum cards ( Wacky Packages, Garbage Pail Kids, and others) we worked on for Topps were just something we did to pay the rent. Now almost half a century has passed, and the underground comix are finally recognized as the most important art movement of the latter part of the 20th century. There is on this sale. . And again, immediate payment is required. Thank you for looking. ----Jay Lynch
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Robert Crumb Original Art On A1968 Note To Jay Lynch. Underground Comix.: $280