The text is original, but the illustrations – all 1200 or so – are strictly R. Crumb, as evidenced by the title, “The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb” ($24.95, 224 pages, W.W. Norton & Co.). Before charges of blasphemy are raised, this is not Zap Comix-does-The Bible. Rather, it is a fairly straight-forward illustration job, although there are plenty of “Crumb-isms” to keep you interested.
The story? The Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah, Babel, Abraham, who begot who, Joseph’s coat, Egypt, famine … it’s all there. The illustrations are not a sly or subversive attempt at re-interpretation. They are Crumb’s representation, from his own unique and singular mental imagining of the world, of the text.
OK, God is a strict old man with a long beard and robes. What else could he be?