Sunday, 29 January 2012

Robert Crumb And Yellow Dog

Yellow Dog was a broadsheet underground comic published "as weekly as possible" out of Haight Ashbury in 1968. It lasted 10 issues, though two of those were double issues so the numbering went up to 12. The first issue was a single broadsheet folded twice. That increased to two sheets, then four for the double issues. Artists included Rick Griffin, S. Clay Wilson, Victor Moscoso, Gilbert Shelton and Trina Robbins.

The highlight of issue 1 was a strip called "Mickey Mouse Today" by Joel Beck. Aging and unemployed, Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse sit around getting drunk and bemoaning their fate. Daisy and Minnie have divorced them, Huey Dewey and Louie have run off to Haight Ashbury and formed a band called "The Mother Duckers" and in the final panel they stagger off to bed together. I'd like to scan it, but to be honest I'm too chickenshit. I don't want to bring the wrath of Disney down on my head. However, you can see it here on Google Books of all places.

Here are four covers by Robert Crumb.