This book is a hardcover edition of the paperback that was first published in 1993. The format and binding is the same as the Mr.Natural hardcover that Fantagraphics released a couple of years ago, and is of a high quality. The stories included are; "R.Crumbs comics & stories"(1964), "Fred the teen-age girl pigeon"(1965)-a wickedly funny/sinister silent two-pager. "Fritz bugs out"(1964/5)-a story which will be familiar with anyone who has seen the animated film of Fritz. "Fritz the cat, special agent for the C.I.A."(1965), "Fritz the cat, magician"(1965), "Fritz the cat"(1965)-another strip that the movie borrowed heavily from, "Fritz the no good"(1968), and finally "Fritz the cat 'superstar'"(1972)- in which the author gleefully kills off the frisky feline! Overall the stories are of a subversive, slightly satirical brand of humour. The artwork varies throughout, from the childlike scratchy pen beginning to the more accomplished, gorgeous, dark line of 'superstar'. It's a shame that there's no introduction from the author to help put these slightly dated stories into context, but i'd recommend this book to fans of Crumb who missed out on previous printings, and to anyone who enjoys 'funny animal' comics. However if you're just starting to get into R.Crumbs 'stuff ' i'd suggest going for one of his more varied collections first.