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Gary Hallgren Original Art: SCARECROWS

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

    As a giant crow menaces our favorite homeless hero, a scarecrow version of Sluggo in the cornfield mirrors the startled pose of the endangered man-boy. Only the maniac Nancy surrealist Gary Hallgren can explain the meaning of this curious imagery, but he remains typically silent, insisting on letting his art speak for itself. Speaking of mirroring, is it us, or do the closely cropped corn stalks in the foreground resemble a close-up view of the stubble on Sluggo’s head? This one is much deeper than it first appears. Acrylic painting on illustration board, shrink-wrapped against ¼-inch foam board. Created in February 2015. Horizontal dimensions 20 x 15 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

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