DescriptionDan O'Neill - Air Pirates Funnies #1 Cover Recreation Original Art (2003). It's hard to keep an Underground comix legend down, and thanks to Dan O'Neill's recreation of the Air Pirates Funnies #1 cover scene -- the plane route that launched a popular vs. counterculture dogfight flies anew. The story of the infamous Air Pirate Funnies lawsuit is recounted in Bob Levin's 2003 book, The Pirates and the Mouse: Disney's War Against the Counterculture. Originally, cartoonist Dan O'Neill drafted fellow artist Bobby London and several other San Francisco artists to produce two issues of a satirical Underground comix based around a subversive version of Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters. The Disney corporation wasted little time bringing the artists to court, and the lawsuit went on for years (it was finally settled out of court). London's cover scene for issue #1, which featured a version of Mickey, was swiped from the Big Little Book, "Mickey Mouse the Mail Pilot"; only on the Air Pirates Funnies cover, that's not mail that Mickey is hauling. This Dan O'Neill ink and marker recreation has an image area of 7.5" x 10", and the art is in Excellent condition.
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