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The Life and Death of Fritz the Cat [Paperback]

Robert Crumb
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12 Jan 1997
Fritz, a frisky cat, was Robert Crumb's first great character and continues to be, after Mr. Natural, his second best-known creation. But for Crumb, Fritz was too successful and after the release of an animated movie (which he hated) the plug was pulled on this iconic feline. Fantagraphics have now brought together a comprehensive collection of the adventures of this crazy cat - the new hardcover edition includes an introduction from Crumb, sketchbook pages and more.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (12 Jan 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560971177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560971177
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 20.3 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,547,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Crumb - known as R. Crumb - is an American artist and illustrator recognized for the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, subversive view of the American mainstream. A founding member of the underground comix movement, Crumb's considerable success has been achieved outside the mainstream comic book industry. His most recognized works are the Keep on Truckin' and Fitz the Cat comics. He is also a keen follower of popular music and illustrates album covers.

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Alternative comics!
Robert Crumb's feline hipster was only featured in a half a dozen major stories, but what stories they were! This includes all the biggies, plus many of the rarely-seen, early ones, plus a new cover by Crumb.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Fritz....so sad! 15 May 2012
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.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars very good collection, issues with seller 2 April 2014
By Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
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Good stories, a great insight to historic comics of the 60's, and a nice thing for any comic collector to own


Pages printed out of order(At least for my copy)

Pages 17 and 18 are switched, even though the numbers are in the right order. My only guess is that the numbers were printed before hand, and they printed the comic on the wrong side of each page. If I can get this resolved quickly, I'll boost it to a 5 star rating.
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Crumb's Crown Jewel! 8 Dec 2012
By D. Pereira - Published on Amazon.com
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Superb HC reprint from Crumb's classic FRITZ series, it makes a great addition to anybody's library.A must have if you're a 60's underground comix fan as yours truly.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fritz (is) the (epic) Cat (man) 6 Mar 2012
By Peng! - Published on Amazon.com
R. Crumb's Fritz the Cat, published in this luscious Fantagraphics volume containing probably most, of if not all, of his adventures, is one of the most important talking animal figures for the 1960s and 70s. These stories show Crumb at his best, as a social critic who (like Frank Zappa) criticized the then alternative hippies and yippies that bought his work, and as an exceptional line artist. Through Fritz you can read Crumb's style evolve from a more scratchy impressionistic style to his own version of American comix, anchored in older forms that can recall 1920s and 30s artists like Segar (the creator of Popeye). Crumb's style at this time was very much of his time and place, nostalgically recalling early 20C mass culture and Americana in a similar way as the folksy San Francisco music scene of Haight-Ashbury where he got his start.

But Crumb also twisted this nostalgia and put it squarely "in your face" while producing work that has remained part of the defining visual vocabulary of that period (remember Keep on Truckin'?). And then there's Fritz, who inspired two feature length cartoons and has influenced oodles of like-minded self-absorbed funny animals and autobiographical comix until this day. With Fritz, Crumb is at his most relevantly "real" (and really surreal). Only with Fritz did Crumb show the restraint needed to create a fleshed-out figure that could come to represent much more than even his creator could have imagined. And that is why his death or, more appropriately, his murder made so much sense. This is another wonderful book by Fantagraphics. A bit of historical context would have been nice, but still a terrific tome.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but not his best work either 2 Sep 2010
By Cwn_Annwn - Published on Amazon.com
Fritz the Cat was some of Crumbs most famous work but not his best. There is good satire/parody of the so called counterculture but most of it is Crumb projecting his self onto Fritz. Fritz fluctuates between whining and feeling sorry for himself because he's such a misunderstood artistic type but when he gets in situations where he has the upper hand he's a misanthropic jerk to everybody around him. Although it was universally hated, especially by Crumb himself, I actually liked the Fritz the Cat movie better than the comic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Retrospect 9 Feb 2014
By Stephen K. Pavlovic - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading Fritz the Cat after so many years, I was struck by how misogynistic and creepy R. Crumb is. There are some aspects of the stories that accurately reflect the time period, the drawings are still brilliant of course, and there is no arguing the influence Crumb has had on our culture in general. Having said that, Crumb no longer holds the seat of honor in my heart that he once did.
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