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Your Vigor for Life Appalls Me: Collected Letters (1956-1972)

3.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  93 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
The Complete Crumb Comics series comprises the complete works of legendary cartoonist R. Crumb, presented chronologically, including his entire oeuvre and unpublished strips and illustrations from the artist's private archives. Each volume includes a new cover by Crumb and a lengthy introduction, usually by Crumb but occasionally from others close to Crumb, such as brother ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Fantagraphics Books (first published January 17th 1998)
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May 24, 2009 Lizzy rated it liked it
What a confusing little collection. Who decided it was a good idea to collect and publish all of 15-yr-old R. Crumb's letters without 90% of the artwork they supposedly included? The break-down of each letter is as follows: 70% meticulous, catatonia-inducing lists of records and Disney comic book titles; 20% teen angst; 6% untraceable but facinating-sounding references to long-lost artists/events/conversations/etc; 2% art; and 2% honest-to-god philosophical gems that made slogging through the re ...more
Joseph Hirsch
May 19, 2016 Joseph Hirsch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These letters from Robert Crumb to his friend and confidant Marty Pahls are a solid picture of the genius as a young man. The comic book artist Robert Crumb shares his views on everything from women to politics in letters that, while obviously penned by someone who has yet to fully mature, still show a considerable wit and insight. Most of the reviews of the book stress that this work is for Crumb completists only. I have to disagree, if only because the book serves as a treat for anyone who bel ...more
Helen Damnation
So on one hand, the early start point of this book made me incredibly glad that by the time my own geeky teenage began everything had made it's way to the internet. It also serves as an interesting little history lesson in how mid-century fandom worked. On the other hand, unfortunately, the truth is that fandom from the outside is always pretty boring; lists and lists and requests and attempts at asserting your own superior knowledge.

By the mid part of the collection we are learning more about
Sep 27, 2015 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe the subtitle is a bit of a tease, as it would be more accurate to say "R. Crumb Letters to Mike Britt and Marty Pahls 1958-1964 with little subsiding sputterings to Britt in the 70s". Interesting to see the one letter reproduced in facsimile because it really looks like a less-well-drawn version of his 80s+ diary-style strips -- if only the rest of the set could have been done this way! For obsessives only but I'm one I reckon.
Jul 30, 2007 matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comic obsessed children of the 1950s
buyer beware! Now I'd be just as interested into uncovering the direct influences that turned Crumb into the lecherous miscreant we known him as today but these letters are too probing for my taste. A LARGE majority of these letters focus around his high-school correspondence which basically mulls over the merits of EC comics and how many Disney back issues his brother has attained. His early sketches offer little insight to what he would late become, as is the case with most artists' output bet ...more
Matt Champagne
Too much information, but still found it interesting. I'll be honest: I picked up this book because I love the title.
Oct 18, 2015 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There's some interesting stuff in here, but not enough to make an entire book. I love Crumb's work, but this book is definitely for Crumb super-fans instead of casual fans.
I want to read everybody's letters, but Crumb here is mostly asking correspondants if they've read, or can procure for him, various comic books, and you can find that on any old geek's blog. It's the bitter little glimpses he allows of his day-to-day outsider existence and family issues that supply what entertainment there is to be found.

Unless you're an incurable snoop like me, stick with the comics.
Mar 20, 2013 Daniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Great title, and interesting to see how Crumb's voice and persona were seemingly so completely formed at such a young age. And of course some of the historical details are interesting, but reading one side of a correspondence makes for kind of a tedious read.
Misti Rainwater-Lites
Could not finish this one, tossed to the side of my bed. Crumb sure wrote a lot of letters!
Mar 06, 2014 Clark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mostly boring. The rating is a result of my personal love for R. Crumb's voice in candid.
Apr 08, 2013 Penekwe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
at times a difficult read - he wasn't very likable in the end - wouldn't recommend it
Jul 27, 2011 Harry added it
Definitely on a par with VanGogh's letters to Theo.
Jun 03, 2007 Ryan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
just shot to the top of my must read list
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Robert Dennis Crumb (born August 30, 1943)— is an American artist, illustrator, and musician recognized for the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, satirical, subversive view of the American mainstream.

Crumb was a founder of the underground comix movement and is regarded as its most prominent figure. Though one of the most celebrated of comic book artists, Crumb's entire career has
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