August 30, 1943 is the birthday of Robert Crumb, premiere cartoonist of the “Underground” movement of the sixties.
His characters include Fritz the Cat, Mr Natural, and “Keep on Trucking’”
While Crumb’s drawing style was cute and “retro”, his stories often devolved into raw depictions of sex, drugs, and violence.
This disconnect was most effective in his autobiographical comics, and in his comics that satirized the gritty corruption beneath the surface of American popular culture.
When I was a kid, i was “freaked out” when I found his 1968 compilation Head Comix.
Years later, as a junior at SVA, I was fortunate to hear Crumb address a small room of my fellow cartooning students. When asked where he gets his ideas, Crumb replied “drugs and masturbation.”