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Gary Hallgren Original Art: RETROFRITZI

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

    Fritzi Ritz
     is in full throwback mode with hoop earrings, a Rosie the Riveter bandana, and a vintage Coca-Cola machine supporting her 1950s Ma Bell telephone. She wants to be picked up in a Hot Rod and artist Hallgren, the owner of a super cool Studebaker Hot Rod, no doubt has a special fondness for this incarnation of Fritzi. A 15 x 20-inch acrylic painting on tracing paper mounted on illustration board shrink-wrapped against ¼-inch foam board. Painted in March 2015. 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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