Original artwork for the front cover of Tales of Toad #2 (Berkeley, CA: The Print Mint, 1971). Bill GRIFFITH.
Original artwork for the front cover of Tales of Toad #2 (Berkeley, CA: The Print Mint, 1971).
Original artwork for the front cover of Tales of Toad #2 (Berkeley, CA: The Print Mint, 1971).

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Original artwork for the front cover of Tales of Toad #2 (Berkeley, CA: The Print Mint, 1971).

Signed by the artist. Black ink on thin card stock, with two separate detail drawings (And 'Zippy' and Adults Only) cut out and pasted on to the sheet by the artist. Minor whiteout, subtitle in Letraset (missing three letters), and original printer's marks in blue pencil to the margins. Image size 38.5x26.5cm.; sheet size 55.8x35.3cm. Slight corner wear and light creasing; image excellent.

Mr. Toad was Griffith's first cartoon character, loosely based on one of the main characters in "The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame. After his debut in New York's Screw magazine in 1968, Griffith sold Tales of Toad #1 to the Print Mint in Berkeley, California, who published it in 1970, with two further issues following in 1971 and 1973. The second issue is notable for introducing Zippy the Pinhead, Griffith's best-known character, to a wider audience (he made his debut in Real Pulp Comics #1 in March 1971). The Zippy strip quickly grew in popularity and it was widely syndicated through the underground press, soon supplanting the angry amphibian he first made his guest appearances with.

A superb example of Griffith's art, offered together with an original copy of the comic in which it appeared. Provenance: The Felix Dennis Estate.

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