Bobby London Air Pirates Funnies #1 Cover Original Art (Hell Comics, 1971). The story behind Air Pirate Funnies could fill a book -- it fact, it has (Bob Levin's 2003 book, The Pirates and the Mouse: Disney's War Against the Counterculture). It began with cartoonist Dan O'Neill, who recruited Bobby London along with several other San Francisco artists to produce two issues of a satirical Underground comic book, using Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters. Disney wasted little time bringing the Air Pirates gang to court, and the lawsuit went on for years (it was finally settled out of court). London got picked by O'Neill to do the cover to issue #1, which featured a version of Mickey swiped from a Big Little Book, "Mickey Mouse the Mail Pilot"; only on London's cover, that wasn't mail Mickey was hauling! London, of course, went on to fame as a National Lampoon and Playboy cartoonist and artist on the Popeye newspaper strip. This ink and blue pencil on bristol piece has an image area of 7.5" x 10" and is in Very Good condition.

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