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Lot # 1844 (1844 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

Circa 1970s/1980s Jay Lynch Artwork Collection Including "Lost" Wacky Pack Artwork!

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $360

Collection of six Jay Lynch artworks for 1970s and 1980s Topps card projects. Jay Lynch, of course, is one of the great icons of underground comic art and was also a very significant contributor to many Topps projects. The highlight of this group is a production piece for a "lost" Wacky Pack! The illustration is a parody of The Godfather book cover, which Lynch calls The Clodfather." It pictures a mobster holding a machine gun dangling from puppet strings. Portions of the text read "You'll Love It. . . or Else!," and "Soon to be published in bulletproof version." Admittedly, we are not exactly sure how to categorize this piece, which is produced on thin paper stock (5 x 7 inches. Vg-Ex, with a few moderate creases). We are not sure if it is entirely an original artwork, it may be; however, it is definitely not entirely a printed piece either, as it has a painted texture that we can feel to the touch, especially on the lettering. This image is featured on the Wacky Packages website, which quotes Lynch as stating that this was intended for use on a Wacky Pack (link: http://www.wackypacks.com/unpublished/clodfather.html). In part: Around the time we were parodying magazine covers, we also did parodies of bestselling book covers. But ultimately it was decided that the kids didn't know what the cover of the Godfather and other bestsellers looked like in the first place...so they were never used. . . . This Clodfather is a lost Wacky. The remaining five items in this collection, all of which are in Excellent condition, are as follows: 1-2) Two artwork studies for a Topps test issue in the 1970s titled Mr. Big Tooth. One is a three-panel ink drawing (10.5 x 3.5 inches) and the other a six-panel hand-colored strip (6.4 x 4 inches image area), both mounted onto larger piece of black paper. 3) A hand-colored illustration of a single-panel cartoon, "When in North Dakota visit Bismark," signed by Lynch in the lower right (5 x 6.5 inches). 4-5) Two original artworks (3.25 x 4.5 inches) for one of Topps' humorous nonsport card issues. Both are signed by Lynch and dated 1980 along the base. Total: 6 items. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $360

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