1555 Oak Street
is the excellent 1994 documentary on the life and times of subversive cartoonist
Robert Crumb. The Philadelphia native moved to San Francisco in 1966 and
launched Zap Comix with fellow artists Rick Griffin, Spain Rodriguez, S.
Clay Wilson, and Victor Moscoso the following year. R. Crumb also created
the Keep on Truckin' character, Mr. Natural, Fritz the Cat, Mr. Snoid,
MacSpade, and countless others. The documentary by Terry Zwigoff features
insights into Crumb's childhood and, later, his LSD experience and career
as a cult icon. Included are interviews with Crumb's wife, ex-wife, mother,
and brothers. Robert's older brother, Charles Crumb, committed suicide
a year after Zwigoff's interviews. The younger brother, Maxon, is a homeless
man and a familiar face around the Crown
Zellerbach building in the Financial District. According to Stannous
Flouride's Haight Ashbury Star Map, R. Crumb lived at 301
Lyon Street and 1555 Oak Street in the panhandle.