Abstract Expressionist Ultra Super Modernist Comics, 1967 (3) pen and ink on paper sight each sheet 10 3/4 x 8in (27 x 21cm)
Exhibition: Lyon, France, Institut d'art contemporain de Villeurbanne, Biennale d'art contemporain, September 12 - December 31st, 2005
Note: This three page story is from ZAP Comix, No. 1. Though dated 1967, it actually came out in February of 1968. In order to help his publisher Charles Plymell recover the printing costs, Crumb sold the comic on the streets of San Francisco in the Haight Ashbury district. Original artwork from this issue is rare and has only appeared for public sale a few times. As Didier Moiselet states, "strictly speaking from an artistic point of view, these three pages are the most wanted among the whole work of Robert Crumb." This story is one of Crumb's first experiments using very few word balloons, abstract panels and images from his own dreams or subconscious mind. The two words Crumbs uses in the text, "spa and fon," refer to an old 1950s EC comics idiom and later became the name for a famed EC fanzine of the same title. This story also reveals the strong influence of fellow artist Rick Griffin who did many early stories using only pictures and abstract word symbols.