Maxon Crumb

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Maxon Crumb
Born 1945 (age 72–73)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality American
Known for Painting, drawing, writing
Notable work Crumb Family Comics, Maxon's Poe, HardCore Mother

Maxon Crumb (b. 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American artist. He is the younger brother of underground cartoonist Robert Crumb[1] and Charles Crumb,[1] and the uncle of Sophie Crumb.


Crumb's parents were Charles Crumb and Beatrice Crumb.[1]

His early work can be found in publications such as Weirdo, Liquidator,[2] Maxon's Poe (1997), and Crumb Family Comics (Last Gasp, 1998).

His first published novel, HardCore Mother (2000) was a study of incest and sadism.[3] After its publication, (2001)[3] his work found a wider audience.[4]

Maxon Crumb was featured in the documentary Crumb,[5] about his brother Robert.

Art practice[edit]

Maxon Crumb initially started painting as a way to deal with his own personal demons. He has subsequently managed to earn money from his art.[6]

Paintings and ink drawings can take weeks or months to complete. During this time Maxon says that he will enter into an intense creative state where the work becomes paramount, to the detriment of normal everyday concerns, including eating.[6]

Maxon Crumb's drawings are available online[4] as well as fine art limited-edition prints.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In addition to his brothers Charles and Robert, Maxon also had two sisters, Carol DeGennaro[1] and Sandra Colorado (1946-1998),[6] the widow of writer Marty Pahls, a friend of Robert Crumb.[1]

Maxon practices celibacy and has done so for many years because, as he has explained in interviews, for him, sex triggers epileptic seizures.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e Lovece, Frank (June 2, 1995). "A new documentary focuses on Robert Crumb -- Crumb highlights the cartoonist's dysfunctional family". Entertainment Weekly. 
  2. ^ "Liquidator Magazine". 
  3. ^ a b "HardCore Mother". 
  4. ^ a b "Maxon Crumb Original Art". Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  5. ^ Guthmann, Edward (May 26, 1995). "Exposing the Nerves of Crumb 's Tortured Soul - Film profiles underground artist of '60s". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  6. ^ a b c d Edward Guthmann (2006-10-03). "Still in the shadows, an artist in his own right". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  7. ^ "Maxon Crumb Current Works". Retrieved 2009-01-25. 

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