R. Crumb's Short History (and future) of America


12 Responses to “R. Crumb's Short History (and future) of America”

  1. Stefan Jones says:

    The “Ecological Disaster” link goes to the Ecotopian scene.

  2. Tdawwg says:

    Which is maybe a good thing in a way.

    I like the African American woman waving to the Jesusbearded hippie in white with the red wagon at the picture’s bottom left: eloquent refutation of all that “Crumb’s a racist” nonsense from a month or so back….

  3. Anonymous says:

    That Disaster one – isn’t that Detroit?

  4. Raines Cohen says:

    I somehow found “Short History” deeply inspirational when I first saw it a decade ago at a friend’s house… I enjoy studying “then and now” historical photo-comparisons, and all the small details of change portrayed in Crumb’s sequence, from the focus to the pace, from the growth to the decay, inspired hours of pondering how and why the changes happened, what they represented, how they were perceived at the time, and what we’re embracing now that we’ll regret in the future.

  5. teufelsdroch says:

    I’ve had this poster:


    in my toilet for years. Everybody should have a crumb hanging in their toilet!

  6. nehpetsE says:

    my eyes just got all tearyed up.

    happens every time i look at that sequence.

  7. eti says:

    @#3, no, the disaster New Orleans. How mean of you!

    But if it was Detroit, we should want to help out Detroit, being the nations only major industrial city and all.

    Or would we rather let the US economy, collapse and see teh world’s economy collapse in turn.

    Yes, I have lots of issues today. This painfully cliched cartoon being one of them

  8. Takuan says:

    not Hogarth?

  9. jaytkay says:

    Crumb is like Bosch, but smarter. Like Brueghel, but better.

  10. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    I first saw this around 30 years ago and it continues to intrigue me. In my opinion, Crumb is the greatest living artist in the US (or France, if you must).

  11. Dave Faris says:

    Whether he’s the greatest is debatable, but the fact that he’s not in the US anymore is probably a more telling thing than just about anything else you could think of.

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