Fritz the Cat


Fritz the Cat is a comic strip created by Robert Crumb. Set in a ‘supercity’ of anthropomorphic animals, the strip focused on Fritz, a feline con artist who frequently went on wild adventures that sometimes involved sexual escapades. Crumb began drawing this character in homemade comic books when he was a child. Fritz became one of his best known characters, thanks largely to the motion picture adaptation by Ralph Bakshi. The strip appeared in Help! and Cavalier magazines. It subsequently gained prominence in publications associated with the underground comix scene between 1965 and 1972. Fritz the Cat comic compilations elevated the strip into one of the most iconic features of the underground scene. … Fritz the Cat was created in 1959 by Robert Crumb in a homemade comic book story called ‘Cat Life’, based on the experiences of Fred, the family cat. The character’s next appearance was in a 1960 story entitled ‘Robin Hood’. By this point, the cat had become anthropomorphic and had been renamed Fritz, a name derived from a minor unrelated character who appeared briefly in ‘Cat Life’. Fritz appeared in the early 1960s Animal Town strips drawn by Charles and Robert Crumb. Sometimes Fritz was accompanied by Fuzzy the Bunny, who served as an alter ego for Charles, his creator.  … The look of Fritz the Cat comics was characterized by the use of the Rapidograph technical pen and a simple drawing style Robert Crumb used to facilitate his story telling. Crumb states that much of the comic books he enjoyed as a child were funny animal comics, particularly those of Carl Barks. Crumb was later influenced by Walt Kelly‘s daily anthropomorphic funny animal comic strip Pogo; Crumb did not copy Kelly’s comics directly, but states that he imitated his drawing style closely; Crumb admired Kelly’s storytelling style, which ‘seemed [to be] plotless and casually done. The characters talked to each other and nothing much happened. Just a lot of foolishness takes place’. … In 1964, when he was not working at American Greetings, Crumb drew many Fritz the Cat strips for his own amusement. Some of these strips would later be published in Help! and Cavalier magazines and in the underground comix. …”
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