Celebrating the 10th anniversary release of Edward Abbey's book The Monkey Wrench Gang
, book publisher Ken Sanders released a new version of the book. The new version, released in 1985, was illustrated by Robert Crumb. In an effort to promote the book, Sanders paired Abbey and Crumb together for several book signing appearances. You can see a clip of this period on YouTube
The book proved to be Abbey's best known work and sold over a million copies. Abbey died in 1989 at the age of 62 from complications after a surgical procedure.
Crumb's original cover artwork was long gone, so the only way to reproduce the image was to scan the book cover, blow it up in Photoshop, and clean up each and every line on both sides. Our print maker Alex has been in this position before. It took him three weeks to restore the black line. He then color-separated it to match the book cover, with a few changes per Crumb's instruction.
Wildwood Serigraphs is pleased to announce the release of our 31st Robert Crumb serigraph edition with The Monkey Wrench Gang. It's an 80 piece serigraph edition on white Rives BFK 280 gram archival paper. It took 22 colors to recreate the book cover. The paper, with two deckle edges, is 18.5" x 28". The image is 13.5" x 20". Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity written by Crumb. It also comes with our unconditional guarantee for your complete satisfaction or your money back.