Gary Arlington & The Caricature Artist
( February 22, 2014 ) A man singularly devoted to his passions, SF Comic Book Company founder, Gary Arlington, left many treasures behind on this physical plane. One of the most intriguing discoveries was a vast collection of caricatures. These single panels may offer the best peek at the last couple of years of Gary's activities.
While organizing his belongings for the family, an enormous cache of caricatures Gary had commissioned over the past couple of years was unearthed. There are about 100 drawings, all drafted in traditional caricaturist style, and all using the same "San Francisco" tourist trap template. However, the content of these portraits is not so traditional. They were clearly dictated by the mind of Gary Arlington.
Many of the drawings fall into the raunchy 'gag strip' category, like these three:
Other drawings were biographical, offering a frank (but usually hilarious) window into Gary's day-to-day:
Still others were just straight forward portraits of celebrated figures like Hendrix, Mickey Mouse, or Frank Sinatra.
However, the crown jewel/ blue ribbon-winner/ clearly most prized piece in the collection had to be Titty Hitler.
"He once conquered Poland" now he's on the pole. So beloved was he, Titty Hitler made a second appearance in this drawing of Gary staring adoringly at him:
It appears as though Gary was commissioning the same artist each time for these drawings, a caricaturist named "Diz". I tried emailing him (via the contact address on Titty Hitler) about Gary, but received no reply. I'm guessing we will never know the intricacies of their collaboration. Or how he will pay his rent without Gary's obsessive patronage.