Original artwork for an untitled, stand-alone work, signed by the artist and dated in the lower right corner "11.70" Bill GRIFFITH.
Original artwork for an untitled, stand-alone work, signed by the artist and dated in the lower right corner "11.70".

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Original artwork for an untitled, stand-alone work, signed by the artist and dated in the lower right corner "11.70".

Black ink on Flaxon illustration board, with minor whiteout. Image size 38x27cm.; board size 44.2x31.9cm. Double digit number written out in blue printer's pencil at upper right corner; minor handling wear to margins; image in excellent condition.

No record of publication for the drawing can be found, but the artist has informed this cataloguer: "Best guess is it's from the 'Nickel Library', a series of one-page images published by Gary Arlington (San Francisco Comic Book Co.). It's not part of a story - it's a stand-alone page."

The Nickel Library started in 1973 and was intended to run to 500 pages as a series of single-sheet pages of comic artwork, including underground artwork, reprints of classic strips and brand-new EC Comics covers, though only 64 were published. Griffith contributed a Mr. Toad strip for the fourteenth issue, so it seems possible that the drawing here, a perverse twist on the Little Red Riding Hood story, may have been published later in the run (issues #36-39 are unidentified in online databases). In any case, a rare, early work by Griffith, made in November 1970, shortly after his arrival in San Francisco from New York to join the underground comix movement, and a just month after the first publication of Young Lust, the parody of '50s romance comics he co-founded with Jay Kinney.

Provenance: The Felix Dennis Estate.

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