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Bobby London

LONDON, BOBBY - Air Pirates Funnies Tabloid Cover (Air Pirates Collective), Nixon to China satire, 1972

Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Cover
Artists: Bobby London All

Bobby London Air Pirates Funnies Tabloid Cover Original Art (Air Pirates Collective, 1972) Air Pirates Funnies Tabloid #1 Copyright 1972 Air Pirates. 1st printing only. 8 pages. $0.25 cover price. Only 2 Comic books were produced in connection. Artists include Bobby London, Gary Hallgren, Shary Flenniken, Willie Murphy, Ted Richards, Larry Todd, Dan O’Neill. This is a tabloid-type comix printed with orange, blue, and black ink on newsprint. The Air Pirates were a group of cartoonists who created two issues of an underground comic called Air Pirates Funnies in 1971, leading to a famous lawsuit by The Walt Disney Company (then Walt Disney Productions).[1] Founded by Dan O'Neill, the group also included Shary Flenniken, Bobby London, Gary Hallgren, and Ted Richards. The Air Pirates collective shared a common interest in the styles of past masters of the comic strip, and in creating their stories for the collective each set out to imitate the style of an old-time cartoonist: Flenniken emulated Clare Briggs and H. T. Webster[2] in her Trots and Bonnie comics, London's strip Dirty Duck paid homage to the style of George Herriman's Krazy Kat, Richards' Dopin' Dan was supposed to be influenced by Bud Fisher but showed more similarity to Mort Walker's Beetle Bailey, and Gary Hallgren drew a strip called Pollyanna Pals in the style of Cliff Sterrett's Polly and Her Pals. The original Air Pirates were a gang of Mickey Mouse antagonists of the 1930s; O'Neill imagined Mickey Mouse to be a symbol of conformist hypocrisy in American culture, and therefore a ripe target for satire.

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