DescriptionJack Davis Sick Magazine #23 Smokey the Bear Cover Original Art (Crestwood Publication, 1963). Apparently Smokey the Bear has poor impulse control when it comes to toasted marshmallows. As noted on Wikipedia, "Sick comedy was a pejorative term that was made up by the mainstream weeklies Time and Life to attack the new style of comedy/satire that was affirming in the United States in the late '50s. Back then, the mainstream comic taste in the United States was mostly based on more innocuous forms, like the Bob Hope style. In contrast, new comedy brought elements that were innovative in that context -- cynicism, social criticism, and political satire. The pejorative labeling 'sick comedy' was a reaction of the traditional media at the topics that sick comedy was addressing, which once were seen as highly unusual, inappropriate, and controversial. Script doctor Daniele Luttazzi says. 'the term sick comedy then ended up being used to encompass a bit of everything -- the humor of the Mad magazine as Jules Feiffer, the cartoons by Charles Addams as the monologues by Mike Nichols and Elaine May, the traditional comedy by Shelley Berman and the hipster comedy of Dick Gregory.'"Jack Davis' cover shocker has an approximate image area of 13" x 15.5". Aside from some light overall aging, the art is in Excellent condition. Not Signed. From the Joe Simon Estate.
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