And at the moment I'm also reading his The Book of Genesis,
which is a work of cartooning art in itself.
While I like a fair bit of Crumb's work,
I have to also say some of his work does make me cringe.
|Robert Crumb's 'When the Niggers Take Over America!'|
I've read articles like the one below of people trying to defend his work, and while I can see what they are trying to say, being of Jewish ancestry myself, I would find the argument a little more reassuring if I could find him dishing out the same outrageous "parodies" to his beloved Roman Catholic Church, but if he has done so, I can't seem to find any of his work on that subject.
He doesn't seem to want to go there for some reason, and with all the pedophilia scandals in that institution you would think a person as brave as Crumb is would have a field day here, but he seems to be too scared to parody the Church for some reason.
"The cartoon strip published below — “When the Goddamn Jews take over America” — is not, as its title might suggest, anti-Semitic in intent. On the contrary, it is a highly sophisticated satirical spoof by Judeophile cartoonist Robert Crumb that brings together a number of anti-Semitic “canards” and “stereotypes”. Far from being anti-Semitic, the cartoon strip is therefore an attempt to poke fun at the anti-Semites and their ridiculous “conspiracy theories” about Jews.
It must be remembered that Robert Crumb’s second wife, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, was Jewish. Born into a middle-class Jewish family in New York, the Goldsmiths, Aline was a highly talented underground comics artist in her own right. She was known to collaborate with her husband Robert on many of his assignments. So it is more than likely that Aline collaborated with Crumb on this particular cartoon strip with its tongue-in-cheek anti-Semitism.
When Aline met Robert in 1978, it was love at first sight. She was attracted to the bearded humorist because she thought he was Jewish. This is what she has to say:
“When the goddamn Jews take over America”: Robert Crumb cartoon strip, introduced by Xanadu
“I had read Robert’s work before I met him and I thought he was Jewish because he was so whiny. He’s such a kvetch. When I saw Robert’s comics, I thought: here is Jewish humor at its best. When my grandparents met him, they thought he was a rabbinical student. When we finally told them the truth, they were really disappointed. My grandmother tried to get him to convert [to Judaism] for years. Robert seems to be somewhat of a Jewophile because I’m his second Jewish wife. (See here) "