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Lot 13. R. Crumb. (Born 1943). American artist and illustrator recognized for the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, satirical, subversive view of the American mainstream. Crumb was a founder of the underground comix movement and is regarded as its most prominent figure. One of his most recognized works is the *Keep on Truckin'* comic, which became a widely distributed fixture of pop culture in the 1970s. Others are the characters Devil Girl, Fritz the Cat, and Mr. Natural.

6.5x4.5 French postcard with original vintage photo with caption written by Crumb. On message side, Crumb has penned in his precise, small printing the following message to Serena Hatton in Kentucky. "Serena - I was surprised to hear from you after all this time, and I received the two old photos, for which I thank you very much. Was the person who gave you these old publicity photos someone related to the musicians? These photos appear, by the cowboy costumes, to be from the 1940s or early ‘50s. One of the musicians in the ‘The Down Homers’ is holding an early electric guitar. I’m disappointed, though, that you were unable to find any family connection to Vertner Hatton, Fiddler,or Jess Hatton, Banjo Player, who made a couple of records way back in 1933. They both died in the 1960s, apparently. They were from Owingsville in Bath County, but were living in Clark County when they recorded with Asa Martin & Charlie Wilson. Jess Hatton, it is said,later became a minister in the Mormon Church. But anyway, it was all a long time ago. I still persist in suspecting that you are related to these old-time musicians somehow...Vertner and Jess. Somewhere in an old shoe box in somebody’s closet there are photos of those brothers. I know it! R. Crumb." Also signed at top above his French address.

In very good condition. Postal marks obscure some of the text. An unusual letter showing Crumb’s deep knowledge of early American folk music. Sanders Price Guide to Autographs values an ALS of Crumb at $655.

MB. $75. Est. $425

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