Images of my childhood: ‘Keep on Truckin’ poster

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How many bedroom walls were adorned by Robert Crumbs’ “Keep on Truckin'” poster in the 1960s and 1970s?

All of the bedroom walls. At least in my world.

Crumb, of course, was the artist better known as “R. Crumb” who enlivened the pages of alternative and underground comics (comix) with crazy detailed scenes featuring big, meaty women.

His “Keep on Truckin'” poster is a classic of its kind and shows a series of Crumb’s offbeat men putting their best feet forward as they cross a flat landscape.

According to the Interwebs, the image originated in Zap Comix in 1968 but quickly became pirated, appearing on posters and T-shirts and every imaginable product offered to the counter-culture. Crumb spent part of the 1970s in court, trying to prevent copyright violations on his drawing, and his legal battles have stretched into recent years.

Most recently, he sued Amazon because the website used the drawing on its site for when a search bottomed out with no results.

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Crumb has called the iconic drawing “the curse of my life.”

Crumb has his own offbeat sensibilities, obviously. Evidence of this: He reportedly turned down Toyota’s offer of $100,000 to use the art in advertising.

 

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2 thoughts on “Images of my childhood: ‘Keep on Truckin’ poster

  1. Anita edens

    Know where I can get a “Keep on Truckin’ ” poster? I’m having a ’60s B-day party for my aunt’s 100th birthday. (She said the ’60s were her favorite decade.) Can’t spend a fortune, but can’t think of a better sentiment for a hip 100 year old. If you have any ideas, please let me know. Thanks

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