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ARTFUL: Crumb sometimes incorporates critics' reactions to his work in his comics

Icons of 1960s counterculture often fizzled or self-destructed even before their 15 minutes were up. But not underground cartoonist Robert Crumb. Like his most famous creation, Fritz the Cat, Crumb seems to be running through multiple lives, as a wickedly dark commentator on America with an apparently inexhaustible supply of ideas — all of which are on display at the exhibition "Robert Crumb: A Chronicle of Modern Times" at London's Whitechapel Art Gallery.

Crumb's brilliant, savage but also truly comic strips earned him immediate cult status when they were first published in the U.S. in the late '60s....