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Gary Hallgren Original Art: MASKS AND MOTH HOLES


Gary Hallgren Original Art: MASKS AND MOTH HOLES
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    GARY HALLGREN (1945-) Fritzi Ritz painting: “MASKS AND MOTH HOLES.”

    The mysteries that imbed the world of Nancy & Sluggo are only magnified by this Hallgren painting: the always enigmatic Sluggo dons a Spirit-like mask and Nancy wears her conveniently moth-eaten sweater as a disguise. Are they on their way to a masquerade party, or coming from a clandestine cell meeting of the Bushmiller Society? We will likely never know. 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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