The Original Art for the Title Page of the Monkey Wrench Gang.
R. Crumb [Edward Abbey] , R. Crumb(illus.)
Publisher: Dream Garden Press
Date Published: 1984
Book Id: 40352
The original pen and ink lettering for the title page of The Monkey Wrench Gang, by R. Crumb. The lettering measures 23.5 cm. x 17 cm. Matted and framed and in fine condition.
A rare opportunity to own both an R. Crumb original and a Monkey Wrench Gang classic. One of approximately two dozen original drawings that Dream Garden Press commissioned legendary sixties icon and Zap Comix pioneer, R. Crumb to illustrate the tenth anniversary edition of Edward Abbey's equally legendary novel, The Monkey Wrench Gang published in 1985. Abbey's novel has now sold over one million copies and has become, along with Desert Solitaire, what the late author always dreaded, "a classic". The Monkey Wrench Gang inspired the real life radical environmental group, Earth First! and inspired countless other individuals and groups to defend the wilderness. R. Crumb, from his humble beginnings as a greeting card artist in Kansas City, an unlikely sixties icon from his work in Zap Comix, went on to create Fritz the Cat, Mr. Natural and is now collected by museums and galleries across the globe. He was the subject of the Terry Zwigoff documentary Crumb (1994), and shortly thereafter, traded a sketchbook of original drawings for a chateau in France, where he has lived with his family ever since.