Original artwork, signed and dated "Irons 74". Published and titled "The Allegorical Figures of Piracy Triumphant over Justice" on the back cover of Slow Death #7 (SF: Last Gasp, 1976). Greg IRONS.
Original artwork, signed and dated "Irons 74". Published and titled "The Allegorical Figures of Piracy Triumphant over Justice" on the back cover of Slow Death #7 (SF: Last Gasp, 1976).

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Original artwork, signed and dated "Irons 74". Published and titled "The Allegorical Figures of Piracy Triumphant over Justice" on the back cover of Slow Death #7 (SF: Last Gasp, 1976).

Black ink on thin card stock. Image size 52.7x35.3cm.; sheet size 56x37.4cm. Two, short (1cm.) closed tears to left edge; slight soiling, including to verso, and light creasing, but image in excellent condition.

The work represents Irons' reinterpretation of the frontispiece to "A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates" by Captain Charles Johnson, first published in 1724 and a classic source for the history of piracy (it was used by Robert Louis Stevenson and JM Barrie, among others).

The 'Jolly Roger', the most commonly used pirate flag, is borrowed directly from the book's frontispiece, and the monstrous gryphons from the original drawing are embellished with further scenes of a burning galleon, stolen treasure, horror and dark sexual foreboding, signified by the blindfolded and manacled young woman kneeling in the foreground below a personification of death, a skull-faced, bare-chested female pirate brandishing a cutlass in one hand and an hourglass - the symbol of impermanence - in the other.

A stunning artwork from one of the underground comic book series Irons is best remembered for. Provenance: The Felix Dennis Estate.

(Comic shown for illustrative purposes; not included).

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