Crumb’s Weirdo Years from Knockabout

Weirdo YearsWeirdo was a magazine-sized comics anthology created by Robert Crumb in 1981, which ran for 28 issues. It served as a “low art” counterpoint to its contemporary highbrow Raw.

Early issues of Weirdo reflect Crumb’s interests at the time – outsider art, fumetti, Church of the SubGenius type anti-propaganda and assorted “weirdness.”

All Crumb’s work from this very influential magazine, considered to be some of his best ever work have now been collected by Knockabout Comics, to be released 15th September, with an introduction by Crumb’s wife, Aline Kominsky-Crumb. (The book is being published in the US by Last Gasp).

With issue #10, Crumb later handed over the editing reins to Peter Bagge; with issue #18, the reins went to Aline.

The three editorial tenures were known respectively as “Personal Confessions,” “Coming of the Bad Boys,” and “Twisted Sisters.”

The incredibly varied stories include TV Blues, Life of Boswell, People Make me Nervous, The Old Songs are the Best Songs, Uncle Bob’s Mid-Life Crisis, Kraft Ebbing’s’ Psycopathia Sexualis, Goldilocks, The Life of Philip K Dick, and many more.

Also included are several photo strip stories featuring Crumb himself and various of his trademark well-built women including his wife Aline Kominsky-Crumb in tales such as Get in Shape and Unfaithful Husband; plus all his stunning covers from all 28 issues.

Knockabout Comics web site

Robert Crumb Official Site

Last Gasp edition info (for US readers)

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