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    Dan O'Neill - Odd Bodkins Illustration Original Art (undated). Dan O'Neill sold his daily comic strip Odd Bodkins to the San Francisco Chronicle in 1963, when he was only 21 years old. With its whimsical animals and fantastic critters espousing the metaphysical, Odd Bodkins gained a cult following as a far-out version of Pogo. When O'Neill started the strip, his syndicate imposed three steadfast edicts: "No religion, no politics, and no sex in the strip." But O'Neill, who was inspired by Lenny Bruce and the underground comedy scene, was rebellious. Using beat patois, encoded messages, and other tomfoolery, he began lacing the strip with pointed barbs at the Vietnam War and the drug culture. The strip also lampooned many sacred American icons, such as Abraham Lincoln, the Lone Ranger, and Mickey Mouse. Soon Odd Bodkins began losing newspapers. The San Francisco Chronicle dropped the strip in 1970 and O'Neill felt American popular culture had become too bland and vapid -- a problem he laid at the big feet of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse. Freed from the restrictions of his newspaper syndicate, O'Neill soon joined the world of underground comics, where artists like Robert Crumb and Gilbert Shelton were shaking up the status quo, and O'Neill soon launched a subversive bid to liberate the Mouse. This watercolor has a 10.5" diameter is in Excellent condition. A psychedelic sun rises over a dull cityscape and shines on the Odd Bodkins.

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