City of the Future, 1967 (5) pen and ink with touches of whiteout on paper sight 10 3/4 x 8 1/4in (27.3 x 20.7cm)
Exhibition: Lyon, France, Institut d'art contemporain de Villeurbanne, Biennale d'art contemporain, September 12 - December 31st, 2005
Note: This story is unsigned, it's Crumb's first issue of ZAP before he brought on board the group of underground artists S. Clay Wilson, Robert Williams, Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso and Gilbert Shelton. It was numbered 0 because his wife Dana Crumb lost his original artwork and Crumb had to give his publisher, Don Donahue, Xerox copies to use for his first comic book.
This story shows Crumb's early interest in science fiction. He would later create longer stories involving alien visitations to Earth and write his famous biographical story about the 1960s author Philip K. Dick.
As Didier Moiselet describes, this is "a world at the edge of the apocalypse. A story containing both the richness of Robert Crumb's inspiration and a strong philosophical meaning, a sociological approach of the world and a perfect knowledge of the tragedy of the human being in his dreams and original impulses."