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Bobby London's legendary career as an underground cartoonist has spanned decades. He created his most enduring character, the outrageous and irrepressible Dirty Duck in 1971. He was a founding member of the infamous Air Pirates, and produced strips for National Lampoon during the heyday of that massively influential magazine. After departing the Lampoon, the cigar-chomping Dirty Duck and his creator found a home at Playboy. He wrote and drew the syndicated Popeye newspaper strip for six years, too.
...until a major controversy ended his tenure on Segar's sailor.
This oversized volume will collect nearly all of London's influential Dirty Duck strips, from Air Pirates Funnies, National Lampoon, Playboy and other publications. Many of the strips have been scanned from the original art in the artist's vast personal archives, including rare and unpublished preliminary drawings. A contemporary of Gilbert Shelton, R. Crumb and the ZAP crew, London's legacy is a major piece of history in the great American art form. In 1978 London was awarded the prestigious Yellow Kid Award for best writer/artist at the Lucca Comics Festival for his work on Dirty Duck.
As a personal aside, Bobby painted the sign/logo above the Berkeley, California Comics and Comix store, surrounding the lettering with all manner of above-ground and underground comic book characters. It was so cool we made it the logo for the chain of seven stores, with I began with partner John Barrett in 1972. I think partner Bob Beerbohm may get credit for hiring Bobby to do the logo.
Jon Campbell, Scott Maple, Jim Buser (Duck and Cover), Butch Lee and Dick Swan (Big Guy's Comics), many of these friends from our earlest collecting days, came on board to help run the company. Diana Schutz, now a top editor at Dark Horse Comics, got her green card and went to work for us as her first job in the U.S. (she's Canadian)--she eventually was writing and producing our in-house publication, The Telegraph Wire. C&C began in 1972 and I sold out my share of the stores in 1988. It closed down c.2005.
Bobby's logo was one of the nicest pieces of artwork ever done for the stores, and was integral in changing the name of the store(s) from The Berkeley Comic Art Shop to the company wide name, Comics and Comix.
- Additional Information
Item Code DIRDH Publisher IDW Publish Date 2016 Coming Date Aug ISBN 9781631406553 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 8x12 # Pages 304pg Color Full Color
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