Heroes of the Blues by R. Crumb
Compiled by Glenn Weiser

I first saw illustrator R. Crumbs work in the late '60s, when I read the incomparable Zap Comics. Here are his portraits  of the many extraordinary country blues artists whose work can be heard primarily on the Yazoo label. Based on photographs, they originally appeared in 1980 as a set of trading cards. To learn about these artists, see my Country Blues discography and also my Country Blues bibliography.
Buy these CDs and listen to this music! 
      For more R. Crumb, see his comic book biography of Charlie Patton here.
      Note - These scans, taken from the original cards, are provided for educational purposes only in order to promote awareness of country blues. And since I scanned them years ago, they have been reprinted in the book/CD package Heroes of Blues, Jazz, and Country. I highly recommend it.
      If the copyright owner of this work objects to this posting, I can be contacted here. - G.W.

  1. William Moore
  2. Peg Leg Howell
  3. Clifford Gibson
  4. Blind Blake
  5. Frank Stokes
  6. Jaybird Coleman
  7. Blind Willie Johnson
  8. Scrapper Blackwell and Leroy Carr
  9. Blind Lemon Jefferson
  10. Curley Weaver & Fred McMullen
  11. Whistler & His Jug Band
  12. Mississippi Sheiks
  13. Rube Lacey
  14. Skip James
  15. Bo-Weavil Jackson
  16. Furry Lewis
  17. Sam Collins
  18. Ramblin’ Thomas
19. Sleepy John Estes
20. Cannon’s Jug Stompers
21. Memphis Jug Band
22. Big Bill Broonzy
23. Roosevelt Sykes
24. Blind Gary Davis
25. Papa Charlie Jackson
26. Charlie Patton
27. Buddy Boy Hawkins
28. Barbecue Bob
29. Ed Bell
30. Blind Willie McTell
31. Son House
32. Memphis Minnie
33. Mississippi John Hurt
34. Tommy Johnson
35. Peetie Wheatstraw
36. Bo Carter
Another Crumb Page
This site recommends Yazoo Records!
Charlie Patton comic book bio by R. Crumb
Robert Johnson by R. Crumb

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