Crumbs work’s strengths are in it’s eye catching seductive imagery and easily recognized style. It intrigues the more grungy and naughty interests of the viewers that make them stop and read his work. His subject matter is also a huge strength of his work because it comments on all aspects and issues of American social life and politics during the late 1900s. While all tiers of social America are his subjects, it's their personalities and interactions that he is really interested in. Crumb’s work is all about meaning. ALl of his work critiques the human life and societal values during the time when they are controversial. His work entitled “Whiteman” made in 1967 about a typical uptight, white American during the Nixon era who encounters a group of african americans on a way to a parade. During the course of his brief interactions with the group he is critiquing the social politics of whites and blacks as Whiteman breaks down through this confrontation.
His characters and the social settings they are in are the vehicles he uses to convey meaning. He makes his characters look out of proportion and almost ugly with side of humor. Their feet and hands are big and the women's bodies are exaggerated. However, while he had done a lot of underground comic work, he now works on some more main stream art. Recently, he finished illustrating the whole book of Genesis. Although his drawings are perhaps more mainstream in appearance, there is still an element of crudeness in his humor and imagery.