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Bobby London (born 1950) is an American underground comix and mainstream comics artist.

Biography

London created the first "hip" situation comedy in any medium , his underground newspaper strip Merton, in his native New Yorkmarker in 1969 and the raunchy comic strip Dirty Duck in 1971. Dirty Duck had been originally published by The Los Angeles Free Press and subsequently in books like Air Pirates Funnies, and The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. His non-duck work also appeared in underground titles such as Merton, Douglas Comics, Facts O' Life Funnies and El Perfecto Comics. In 1972 London moved Dirty Duck to the original National Lampoon where it was a regular monthly feature until 1976; it has continued to run in Playboy for over 25 years.

In 1975, a film entitled Dirty Duck was released, but it had absolutely nothing to do with London's comic strip. London viewed the film as a rip-off of his work, and tried to sue Roger Corman and New World Pictures, but was unable to find anyone to take his case. In 1978, London won the Jury Yellow Kid Award for Best Artist-Writer, contributed illustrations to The New York Times Op-Ed page from 1976 to 1981, and wrote and drew the Popeye syndicated daily comic strip for King Features from 1986 to 1992, at which point he was fired for doing an allegorical story about abortion.

In the summer of 2000, he finally unveiled a family-oriented comic feature for Nickelodeon Magazine entitled Cody, co-wrote and storyboarded episodes of Dexter's Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls for Cartoon Network in 2004 and contributed character designs for King Neptune and Mindy of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. He returned to comic books for the first time in 30 years with contributions to the Grammy-nominated box set from Rhino Records, Weird Tales Of The Ramones, in 2005.

Notes

  1. (not that Dirty Duck wasn't a stylistic rip-off of Krazy Kat or anything!...)
  2. http://www.comic-art.com/interviews/london.htm


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