Heroes of Blues

Robert Crumb’s “Heroes of the Blues” Serigraph

 

Robert Crumb will undoubtedly be remembered for his iconic characters such as Mister Natural, “Keep On Truckin’,” Flakey Foont, Devil Woman, and a host of others who populated his early drawings than for his “Heroes of the Blues” card series. Crumb’s early independent work included his days with the Underground Comics movement, which began in the mid-late-1960s, and eventually coalesced around San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury section. Crumb’s personal fetish of big-legged women went from something he didn’t much talk about, to being talked about by everybody who had ever heard his name.

The “Heroes of the Blues” card series, originally done in 1980 by Yazoo Records, was done in both a 36- and a 37-card set. The story about this apparent discrepancy is another story entirely, which I’ll maybe address in a future article. The series is treasured by country blues fans and Crumb fans the world over for the detail and the typical Crumb painstaking care and attention given to anything he decides to put to paper.

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