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The Book of Mr. Natural

(Mr. Natural)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  352 ratings  ·  22 reviews
By Robert Crumb
SC, 8 x 11, 128 pages, BW, $12.95
ISBN 978-1-56097-194-8
Robert Crumb's The Book of Mr. Natural is probably the most famous underground comix character of all time, recognizable even to "civilians." Don't miss this opportunity to snatch up this jam-packed collection of comics from one of the all-time masters!
Paperback, 112 pages
Published January 17th 1995 by Fantagraphics
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John Porcellino
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Many of Crumb's early through mid-career Mr. Natural strips don't hold up too well as the years go by, at least to me. Some of the strips are great, and the drawing becomes top notch fast (in fact it's kind of interesting to see Crumb's imprecise and splotty linework in the very early installments) but let's face it, these are (some of) the stories that got him and continue to get him in hot water with feminist readers. There are a lot of unpleasant questions raised by work in this book.

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David Schaafsma
Nov 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Mr. Natural is one of Crumb's central comic strip characters, though there were many. This collection is arranged from early to later, from rough sketch to more developed, from innocent to offensive, including some of the most insanely profane images discussed in the documentary film Crumb. The character is a charlatan guru with a long beard that people come to in the sixties looking for spiritual meaning, but he is cynical, a player, a wise guy. This strip plays on the sixties movement to ...more
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just tonight I compared the work of Robert Crumb to the disheveled boil on the ass of the body of the comics medium, and I stand by that metaphor. After finishing The Book of Mr. Natural I understand more and more why Robert Crumb has acquired his title as "THE controversial" comics artist. For while I have read the works of many great comics artists who are considered edgy, or offensive, or even controversial, having read most of those artists they seem pale to the most deplorable pages of ...more
Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Novo lançamento da colecção "Novela Gráfica", não me satisfez tanto como os anteriores. Crumb criou o Mr. Natural como um guru charlatão que satiriza os mais evidentes defeitos das culturas de consumismo e contra-cultura à data em que as vinhetas incluídas nesta compilação foram lançadas.
Estamos nos anos 60 nos EUA, onde os baixos preços do petróleo, o dinamismo económico resultante das receitas de exportação conseguidas através plano Marshall e a abertura de novos mercados com a descolonização
Artur Coelho
Devo confessar que da excelente colecção da Levoir este é o livro que menos me desperta a atenção. Faz todo o sentido que faça parte desta colecção. Crumb é um dos incontornáveis do comic underground e Mr. Natural uma obra muito representativa do que foi este género nos anos 60 e 70. É esse o ponto de interesse da obra, e é também aí que a obra perde interesse. As desventuras histriónicas do guru burlão precisam da sua contemporaneidade para ser entendidas. É um dos grandes pontos fracos do ...more
Rui Alves de Sousa
Das coisas mais estranhas, doentias e extravagantes da história da BD. Mas divertido, este Mr. Natural.
Chelsea Martinez
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Mr. Natural is a great foil for the man who is his reluctant acolyte. Shit gets weird with the Devil Woman in the last 40% of the book, but clearly deliberately so. At the very least, the character is good for understanding the diversity of viewpoints (and self-contradictions) that your average 1960's weirdo could hold, just like any 2018 weirdo.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome humor and illustration skills!
Jan 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Here's the Book of Mr Natural, and unlike all the R Crumb books I've read, it's hard to figure out what's going on in this collection of short stories. Maybe it's because there's no introduction telling us what we're reading (like there is in the Complete Crumb books). Nevertheless, it's easy to gather that Mr. Natural is some spiritual guru (an Afghan ex-cab driver) who is either worshiped by flighty phonies or mentors a Mr. Flakey Foont into dealing with his personal struggles.

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Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
I'm on a mission to understand why Robert Crumb is considered such a genius. I read one of his other books and enjoyed the artwork, and the artwork wasn't the issue with this. The problem is that I don't see the point of it. After reading Mr. Natural it seemed like a waste of time. It did not offend or confuse me, it just seemed pointless. However, Phoebe Gloeckner likes him, and I think Phoebe Gloeckner is a genius, so by the law of transversal exchange I must like him, too. If someone I ...more
Henrique Vogado
Um livro que me faz lembrar as pessoas mais idosas de muita idade que se podem dar ao luxo de dizer tudo o que passa pela cabeça.
Uma grande loucura e muita "pedra" é o que me parece. Pareceu também datado no tempo, mas um marco na história do desenho e das narrativas gráficas.
Muito políticamente incorrecto, algumas situações limite, mas fica bem neste livro. Não gosto muito do traço, mas acho piada às mulheres grandes com grandes botifarras, uma imagem de marca do Robert Crumb. Para maiores de
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
mr. natural was my first comic love...yes i was a teenager in the seventies and that played a part--but i find the dichotomies crumb gives us through his characters, fascinating. "shuman the human went in search of god and believe you me, he packed a lunch." flakey foont goes hot and cold with the ups and downs of natural's wisdom.
for me, it holds up a lot better than some of the other liberating icons of the seventies--like last tango in paris...
David Ward
The Book of Mr. Natural by Robert Crumb (Fantagraphics Books 2010)(741.5973). I finally found this at the local library. Thank goodness I didn't purchase it first. These comics have not aged well. They're not funny, but they are Crummy! And now I find that I own two copies! My rating: 7/10, finished 9/20/12. HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH---PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP
Jul 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Re-reading the older Mr Natural stories was really fun, kinda nostalgic, even. It seems Crumb got darker as he got older and got away from the spiritual guru-ness of Mr. Natural and concentrated more on the dark side of human nature, not as much fun, not as pure "hippy" as the early stories.
Theo Wright
A book filled with dark humor, as most R. Crumb books are.I'd recommend this book to people who enjoy alternative comic books.
Apr 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics-humor
Must really be a product of its time. Looking at it today, there's nothing at all funny or interesting about it. Crumb's art is great though.
Jigar Brahmbhatt
Oct 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Mean, pervert, dangerously sarcastic - that's R. Crumb!
Simon Sweetman
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
A collection of one of Crumb's favourite oddball characters. Filthy, and largely pointless, it was wonderful.
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I can see why Crumb pissed off feminist women as well as the establishment with his Mr. Natural comics. They follow the 70s spirit of being anti-everything, but not sure if they're pro-anything.
Sep 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
The artwork starts interesting in a creepy, nostalgic way before becoming surprisingly sickening. I guess this is truly a racist, misogynistic, meandering, vile product of its time.
Garrett Dunnington
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
R. Crumb is hysterical. This is a parody on Hippie Culture... I had to laugh.
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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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