Original 1972 R. Crumb Fritz The Cat Promo Pin
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This ~ FRITZ IS MY KIND OF CAT ~ pin was a promotional item for the 1972 film FRITZ THE CAT which was the world's FIRST x-rated animated cartoon that also doled out plenty of 1960's social commentary. The character is based on the FRITZ THE CAT comic character created by Robert Crumb. One of Crumb's most famous characters, Fritz got his name and personality from two felines in Crumb's household. Created in 1959, Fritz's adventures were first recorded in little notebooks, then in Harvey Kurtzman's HELP!, then in HEAD COMIX, and finally in a book of his own in 1969. Fritz was a glib fast-talker, popular with women. After his hit movie (and there was a sequel), Crumb disowned Fritz. He was indignant at how Fritz was portrayed and sick of the notoriety the character had brought him. Crumb used the icepick-in-the-head method to kill Fritz off in People's Comix, 1972. Nevertheless, Fritz had 8 more lives and over 30 years later, is still an underground cult hero to some. Pin measures 2 inches across and is in excellent condition.