Robert Crumb is one of the godfathers of the American underground comics movement and one of the best examples of a comic artist who’s blatantly honest in his autobiographical stories. Crumb’s comic persona speaks directly to his readers. He lays bare his sexual habits and fetishes, his misadventures with women, and he dispels any myths about himself. When in ‘Memories Are Made Of This’ (1988) a potential one night stand asks Crumb if he’s a misogynist, he answers: ‘Misogynist?? Nah, ah… I hate everybody equally!!!’ Which tells a lot about his personality and his sense of humor.
Crumb draws his stories in a wonderfully cartoonish style, which makes his sexcapades all the funnier. In later years, Crumb makes stories together with his wife Aline about their lives called Dirty Laundry Comics. Personally, I find Aline not as skilled as a cartoonist as her husband. Her additions to Crumb’s art remind me of Yoko Ono singing on a John Lennon song – it just doesn’t match well. Crumb also created classic characters such as Fritz the Cat, Angelfood McSpade, and Mr. Natural, but that’s a different story.