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Gary Hallgren Original Art: NANCY IDORU


Gary Hallgren Original Art: NANCY IDORU
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    GARY HALLGREN (1945-) Fritzi Ritz painting: “NANCY IDORU”

    In Japanese pop culture the term "aidoru” refers to young manufactured starlets marketed to be admired for their cuteness. Idols are intended to be role models. They are supposed to maintain a good public image and be good examples for young people. No wonder then that Gary Hallgren depicts Nancy, for decades a stalwart role model for young readers, as a Japanese singing star. The long wig covers her meticulously stippled trademark hair, but we all know it’s only a wig. And furthermore, who has been the ultimate cute character since 1934!? An irresistible collectible for those who both admire Japanese pop culture and are also enmeshed deeply in the spreading Nancy cult. (See the other Hallgren painting “Nanime” in this gallery.) India ink, acrylic, and watercolor on illustration board shrink-wrapped against ¼-inch foam board. Painted in 2014-2015. Dimensions 15 x 20 inches. Signed by the artist.

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    About the artist: Gary Hallgren’s illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, MAD, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and National Lampoon (his Pinocchio cover for the Lampoon is an all-time classic). And he illustrated all of the best-selling books by Dr. Mehmet Oz. But he's probably best known as a key member of the infamous “Air Pirates.” Hallgren teamed with Dan O'Neill, Ted Richards, Bobby London, and Shary Flenniken to produce two notorious issues of Air Pirates Funnies, which contained X-rated parodies of Mickey & Minnie Mouse, causing the Walt Disney organization to unleash its army of lawyers on the unruly underground cartoonists. The battle went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled 9-0 in favor of Disney. Hallgren currently paints personal visions of his favorite comics, especially “Nancy & Sluggo," he collects vintage Studebakers, and he ghosts one of America's most famous syndicated newspaper strips

    Related items: Besides additional Gary Hallgren paintings, we have Nancy & Sluggo silk neckties, Ernie Bushmiller postcards, several rare N&S pinback buttons, and the coolest Nancy poster ever.



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